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Dickinson toppled in Goldsmith Gallery Tournament opener

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Completing the first day of action of the Goldsmith Gallery Legion Against Cancer Tournament, the Dickinson Roughriders surrendered runs in the first four innings as the Billings Scarlets mashed their way to 12-2 victory in an ...

BILLINGS, Mont. - Completing the first day of action of the Goldsmith Gallery Legion Against Cancer Tournament, the Dickinson Roughriders surrendered runs in the first four innings as the Billings Scarlets mashed their way to 12-2 victory in an abbreviated nightcap on Wednesday, June 20 from Dehler Park.

The Scarlets matched their run total by collecting 12 base hits, including five extra-hits.

Billings quickly jumped off Roughriders starter Jaren Hugelen in the top of the first inning. Highlighted by a Dickinson error and a two-run double from designated hitter Andy Larsen, the Scarlets' first five batters reached while four runs crossed the plate without recording an out.

"Jaren, he was throwing strikes for us and was actually pitching really well, we had some errors behind him," Dickinson head coach Stephen Greenwood said. "They honestly didn't hit the ball too hard off of him. We gave them too many extra base runners and they had that timely hit that they capitalized on. I thought Jaren gave us what we asked of him, we just couldn't field the ball behind him."

Larsen added a two-run single in the top of the next frame and finished the game 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

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Dickinson showed life in the bottom of the second. Reaching first on a dropped third strike, outfielder Justin Berger advanced to third base following an error and passed ball before scoring on a sacrifice fly from outfielder Colton Jones.

However, the Roughriders had few opportunities to score against Billings starter Michael Horrell, who stymied the Dickinson offense to the tune of only four hits and four walks while striking out five.

The road team on the scoreboard, the host Scarlets tacked on a run in third and five runs in fourth. Eleven batters stepped in the batter's box in the fourth, which included a stretch of three consecutive doubles off of Dickinson reliever Landon Aman.

Leading of the game with a single, Joey Pavek stepped in for Aman on the mound and collected the final five outs for the Roughriders, who will get back at in on Thursday from Pirtz Field against Catalyst Sports, of Colorado.

Billings Scarlets 12, Dickinson Roughriders 2

BS 421 50X X - 12 12 1

DR 010 10X X - 2 4 1

Jaren Hugelen (2.1), Landon Aman (1), Joey Pavek (1.2) and Tristen Brunk. Michael Horrell and Jarron Wilcox.

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W-Horrell. L-Hugelen. HR-None.

Highlights: DR, Pavek, 1-2, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB; Justin Berger 1-2, 2B, 1 R; Tristen Brunk 1-2; Hugelen 1-3, 2B, 1 R, 2.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R (6 ER), 4 K, 1 BB; Aman 1 IP, 5 H, 5 R (5 ER), 1 K, 2 BB. BS, Andy Larsen 3-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI; Dylan Johnson 2-4, 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI; Horrell 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 5 K, 4 BB.

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