Dickinson win third place game against Billings
It was the fourth time the Roughriders matched up with the Montana side, having won two of the three previous games.
The Dickinson Roughriders took part in the third place game after their 7-0 loss to Laramie Saturday night. It was against a familiar foe, Billings Post 406 who they defeated twice and tied once back on June 29 and 30.
Despite losing Saturday night, the game on Sunday presented the opportunity for the Roughriders to end the weekend on a high note and win three of four games overall in the tournament.
They did just that as they defeated Billings 11-3 for the third time this summer, taking third place in the Roughrider tournament.
Dickinson jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first as Jadon Bast got things going on the mound for the Roughriders. He had four strikeouts before being replaced by Jace Kovash in the third inning with one out.
He came into the game with two runners on and would eventually load the bases, but escaped the inning without allowing a run.
Billings put up their three runs in the third and fourth innings but couldn’t put up anymore as the Roughrider defense remained strong.
Down 3-2 going into the fifth, Aiden Haich delivered a hit to deep left field to score the tying run. Landon Olson stepped up to the plate after him and sent another runner home for a 4-3 lead. On the same hit, Haich tried to score from second base but was tagged out at home plate.
It remained 4-3 in favor of Dickinson going into the sixth. It was in this inning when the Roughriders rallied for seven runs and ended the game due to the eight-run rule in place. Nathaniel Jilek, Troy Berg, Isaac Daley and Bast all delivered with an RBI, but it wasn’t until Haich’s bases clearing double that the game was officially finished off
Haich and Olson both finished with three RBI. Dickinson had ten hits while Billings had nine.
“It’s nice to finish the way we did,” Frenzel said. “It’s too bad we waited until the last inning of the tournament to start hitting the ball like that but we ended on a high note.”
It cemented a third place finish for the Roughriders in their home tournament. Berg was also named the defensive player of the tournament.
Sheridan wound up winning the tournament, defeating Laramie 2-1 in the championship game.
It will be a busy week upcoming for Dickinson as they will play six conference games in total against Williston on Monday, Bismarck on Wednesday and Minot on Saturday.
“I told our guys this is grind time,” Frenzel said. “This is the part of our season where we have to grind and go to work. That’s what summer baseball is, sometimes you have to grind through it.”