Dickinson sits comfortably atop WDA standings, sweeps Century in regional doubleheader
The Midgets are riding a five game win streak as they loom over the Western Dakota Association standings.
DICKINSON — Dickinson is all smiles and well polished following their defense of their home field on Tuesday, their first game of the new month.
The regional doubleheader sweep against Century resulted in a 18-7 overall score and sees them at the top of the Western Dakota Association standings.
Dickinson’s (7-1, 12-2) success centered on their ability to win the battles of the bats, effortlessly moving runners into scoring position — often finishing off with timely runs. The Patriots (4-3, 5-5) were able to come out strong in both games, before eventually losing their early leads courtesy of minor errors adding up.
Game one would be handedly decided with a blow out win coming via a 11-2 result.
Dickinson came out firing on all cylinders, leaving Century’s 2-0 lead in the first frame of the game in the rear view the remainder of the outing. The Midgets never looked back after ending the first inning with a 5-2 lead.
Senior Troy Berg was certainly a standout for the Midgets, with three RBIs and a steal of home run in the first. On defense the shortstop collected four putouts.
Another senior contribution came from Aiden Haich, who extended the lead with a RBI triple on a flyball to right field at the bottom of the fourth. Additionally, Haich tallied two runs and hit a double.
Starting pitcher was senior Carson Weiler, who led the defense for six innings, five of which were scoreless and retired six batters, collecting the win. Relief Jadon Bast came from the bullpen at the top of the seventh and closed out the game.
The Patriots held an early one-run lead at the top of the first in game two, but only momentarily with the game tied back up at the bottom of the second.
Dickinson’s first lead was decisive, coming in the fourth with bases loaded from two walks and a single.
Senior Drew Kovash scored between pitches with Davin Seibel up to bat. Seibel struck out swinging, bringing Kaeden Krieg to the batter’s box, who knocked a double for two RBIs.
The inning ended there with Krieg being a bit ambitious, trying to squeeze a triple out of his double. The score was 4-1.
By the end of the fifth inning, the Midget were holding onto 7-2 lead and sophomore Jace Kovash came out of the bullpen after senior starter Isaac Daley had put in some serious time on the mound, reaching 100 pitches in five innings with seven K’s.
Century’s push for a rally with three runs in the seventh inning nearly saw Kovash blow the save, but the game would be put to rest from a ground out.
Dickinson will be on the road for their next contest that will be played against Williston on Friday, May 6. The two met before in the season, ending with a split, but unlike before this will be a regional game.