Dickinson travels to Mandan for regular season finale
It was the last chance for the Roughriders to fine-tune themselves before the state tournament next week.
The Dickinson Roughrider’s conference schedule wrapped up Wednesday night when they lost both games of their doubleheader to West Fargo 13-6.
One non-conference matchup remained for Dickinson as they travelled to Mandan to take on the Chiefs, looking to gain momentum going into next week’s state tournament.
The Roughriders handled business as they defeated Mandan 12-1 behind a big fifth inning and 15 hits as a team.
It didn’t start out as a quality performance by the Roughriders as it was tied 1-1 after the first inning. Isaac Daley would hit a sacrifice fly to center field to get Nathaniel Jilek to score.
Dickinson struck again in the fourth inning with two more runs to make it 3-1. Jace Kovash scored on a wild pitch and Jilek had an RBI-single.
As the Roughriders tried to find their offense, Drew Kovash held things down on the mound with a strong start. He would go six innings with one run allowed, five strikeouts and two walks.
It was in the sixth inning when Dickinson pulled away from the Chiefs as they put their stamp on the game without an extra-base hit in the frame.
Five RBI-singles by Jadon Bast, Landon Olson, Drew Kovash, Jace Kovash and Troy Berg had the Roughriders up 8-1. Dickinson kept the line moving as each delivered at the plate to score a single run. Bast would come up again in the inning and draw a bases-loaded walk to score an additional run, making it 9-1.
The Roughriders weren’t done scoring as three more runs in the sixth made it 12-1. Drew and Jace Kovash would both add another RBI while Riley O’Donnell had a sacrifice fly.
Drew Kovash kept the bottom of the inning clean as the ten-run rule came into effect.
Berg and Drew Kovash both had three hits, while Bast, Olson and Kaeden Krieg had two apiece. Bast, Drew and Jace Kovash each had two RBIs.
The Roughriders and Chiefs were scheduled to play two games Thursday night, but severe weather came through and cut game two short. For what it’s worth, the Roughriders held a 7-2 lead in the second matchup before the game was called.
Dickinson will be right back in Mandan for the North Dakota AA state tournament next week as they will be the six seed in the tournament. They’ll take on the three seed, Minot, who they heavily struggled with in their last matchup on July 17, where they lost both games 10-0.
The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. local time start.