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Dickinson wraps up Goldsmith Gallery Tournament with loss to Rapid City

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Down to its final three outs facing a two-run deficit, the Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team threatened to pull out a victory during the last day of the Goldsmith Gallery Legion Against Cancer Tournament.

BILLINGS, Mont. - Down to its final three outs facing a two-run deficit, the Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team threatened to pull out a victory during the last day of the Goldsmith Gallery Legion Against Cancer Tournament.

Dickinson outfielder Nathaniel Jilek singled to lead off the top of the seventh. Catcher Tristen Brunk and shortstop Joey Pavek later walked, loading the bases with only one down.

The late-inning rally ran out of steam when outfielder Colton Jones popped out in foul territory and first baseman Jaren Hugelen struck out swinging on three pitches, as the Roughriders fell to the Rapid City Post 320 Stars 8-6 on Sunday, June 24, from Pirtz Field.

Hugelen's strikeout was the only lowlight of his afternoon. As part of a four-run inning, the infielder gave Dickinson the lead in the top of the fourth with two-out, two-run single to right field off of Stars starting pitcher J.T. Kostenbauer. The base hit scored Pavek and courtesy runner Dawson Dassinger.

Rapid City came back with a five-run response in the bottom of the frame. Having already allowed a run in the inning, the Roughriders turned to their relievers after starter Kobe Krenz walked Zane Stalley to load the bags.

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Colton Jones entered in relief, but against the first batter that he faced, the right-hander watched as Post 320 tied the game at four when Jaden Heintzman crossed the plate on a passed ball. Later in that at-bat, Ian Krump put the Stars ahead with a two-run single. Krump wasn't on base for long, scoring on a RBI double from Carter Stonecipher.

Post 320 added a run in the fifth before Hugelen struck again, connecting with a RBI double in the top of the sixth that again plated Pavek and Dassinger. Hitting out of the three-hole, he finished 4-for-5 with four runs batted in. Dickinson also received production from the bottom of the order, as Jilek was 4-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

"Those two in particular have been putting in a lot of work and are very close to just breaking out," Dickinson head coach Stephen Greenwood said. "The balls that they were just missing before I think are starting to finally find some holes or hit on the line. It's good to see that work that they are putting in away from the game, in practice and in pregame, have paid off. Both of those boys work hard, so it doesn't surprise me that they've turned the corner and are producing right now."

The Roughriders' (3-15) near comeback came on the heels of three games where they were outscored by a combined margin of 30-5.

Despite a three-run home run from outfielder Justin Berger, Dickinson relinquished 12 hits in a 14-4 defeat to Northwest Premier on Friday night. The next day, during the back-end of a doubleheader, the Roughriders allowed 11 hits in a 11-1 loss to the Great Falls Chargers.

Sandwiched in between the two blowouts, Dickinson was limited to just one base hit as they were shutout 5-0 by the Billings Royals.

Dropping its final five contests, Dickinson went 1-6 in tournament play, including four losses by 10 or more runs.

Results Sunday

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Rapid City Stars 8, Dickinson Roughriders 6
D 000 402 0 - 6 13 0
RC 200 510 x - 8 10 1
D: Kobe Krenz (3.1) and Colton Jones (2.2) and Tristen Brunk. RC: J.T Kostenbauer (5.1), Renn Svenson (0.2), Carter Nesland (1.0) and Wyatt Hunt.
W-Kostenbauer. L-Krenz. HR-None.
Highlights: D: Jaren Hugelen 4-5, 2B, 4 RBI; Nathaniel Jilek 4-4, 2B, R; Joey Pavek 2-4, BB, 2 R. RC: Zane Salley 2-3, 3B, 2B, BB, 2 R; Ian Krump 2-3, BB, 2 RBI, 2 R; Carter Stonecipher 1-4, 2B, RBI.

Results Saturday

Great Falls 11, Dickinson 1 (F/5)

GF 005 42 - 11 11 0

D 010 00 - 1 6 2

GF: Logan Huston (5.0) and Nolan Croskrey. D: Hugelen (3.0), Dawson Dassinger (2.0) and Brunk.

W-Huston. L-Hugelen. HR-Braden Hirst.

GF: Alan Laracque 2-3, 2 3B, 5 RBI, 2 R; Hirst 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, R; Huston 5 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, R (0 ER), K. D: Pavek 2-3; Justin Berger 1-2, BB, R; Hugelen 2-3, 3 IP, 8 H, 2 BB, 9 R (6 ER), K.

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Billings Royals 5, Dickinson Roughriders 0

D 000 000 0 - 0 1 1

B 210 200 x - 0 0 0

D: Nick Deschamp (6.0) and Pavek. B: Connor Polkowske (7.0) and Niklas Nordstog.

W-Polkowske. L-Deschamp. HR-None.

Highlights: D: Landon Amen 1-2; Berger 0-1, BB; Deschamp 6 IP, 8 H, 2 BB, 5 R (4 ER). D: Polkowske 7 IP, H, BB, 0 R, 7 K; Carson Klompien 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Dann Blanchard 1-2, 2B, R.

Results Friday

Northwest Premier 14, Dickinson Roughriders 4 (F/5)

NWP 511 70 - 14 12 1

D 300 00 - 4 7 4

NWP: Max Baker (5.0) and Jesse Dunham. D: Isaac Gjerde (3.0), Dassinger (2.0) and Brunk.

W-Baker. L-Gjerde. HR-MWP: Trey Flint. D: Berger.

Highlights: NWP: Flint 3-4, HR, RBI, R; Jake Rutherford 3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R; Baker 0-1, 3 BB, RBI, 2 R, 5 IP, 7 H, 3 BB, 4 R (3 ER), 8 K. D: Berger 1-3, HR, 3 RBI, R; Sam England 1-2, BB, 2 R; Dassinger: 2 IP, 3 H, BB, 0 R.

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