Jorda homers in Roughriders loss to Sixers

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Dickinson Roughriders dropped to 1-1 at the College World Series American Legion Pre-Regional tournament on Friday, losing 9-4 to Cheyenne, Wyo., in a nine-inning affair.

OMAHA, Neb. - The Dickinson Roughriders dropped to 1-1 at the College World Series American Legion Pre-Regional tournament on Friday, losing 9-4 to Cheyenne, Wyo., in a nine-inning affair.

Dickinson starting pitcher Tanner Ouellette cruised through the opening frames. He allowed a single to open the game then got consecutive groundballs to get out of the inning. In the second, he struck out two batters, and he got through the third on 11 pitches.

The offense also had his back in the early going - Cam Jorda hit a two-run home run off of Cheyenne's Jonathan Nyberg in the first inning, and the Roughriders went ahead 3-0 in the third after Michael McChesney was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

In the top of the fourth, the Sixers notched four singles and a sacrifice fly to tie the game 3-3, with Carter Mossey, Finley Hastings and Sean Carson all recording RBI.

"Tanner was on right away, but he kind of got away from attacking early and challenging them," Roughriders head coach Stephen Greenwood said. "He was getting too picky with his pitches and getting into hitter's counts, and the hitters made him pay for that."


Ouellette was saddled with the loss after allowing seven runs (five earned) on eight hits with three walks over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six.

Cheyenne added two runs in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings to pull away.

Shawn Steffan pitched two innings with two runs allowed on four hits while striking out four.

Dickinson's final run came in the seventh when Steffan hit a one-out triple and scored on a single from Ouellette.

Ryan Andren picked up the win for the Sixers after pitching the final three innings, allowing one run on five hits with four strikeouts and no walks.

After coming up with 15 hits on Thursday in a win against Hopkins, Minn., Dickinson (9-5) managed seven knocks against the Sixers. Ouellette had two hits, and so did Treven Hopfauf, whose day included a double. Aside from Steffan's triple and Jorda's home run, the remaining hit was supplied by Sam England, a two-out single in the eighth.

"We didn't get our leadoff guy on too often, and we didn't get that two-out hit when we needed it," Greenwood said. "It's just a game to learn from and move past in a hurry."

The Roughriders conclude play in Omaha at 11:30 a.m. Central Time on Saturday against Coon Rapids, Minn., followed by a 2 p.m. matchup with host Creighton Prep.


"Creighton Prep made it to the Legion World Series last year, and we'll have Lucas (Jones) going against them to see how we stack up," Greenwood said. "They're a team we'll likely have to face at the Central Plains Regional, so it's a big game tomorrow. And we have Coon Rapids also. No team in this tournament is a joke."

Cheyenne 9, Dickinson 4

C 000 302 202 - 9 12 4

D 201 000 100 - 4 7 1

C: Jonathan Nyberg (3.0), Connor Redman (3.0), Ryan Andren (3.0) and Matthew Semler and Finley Hastings. D: Tanner Ouellette (6.1), Shawn Steffan (2.0), Michael McChesney (0.2) and Sam England.

W-Andren. L-Ouellette. HR-D, Cam Jorda.

Highlights: C, Braxton Inniss 4-6, 1 R, 2 RBI; Brock Anderson 2-4, 2 R; Matthew Semler 1-3, 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI; Finley Hastings 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI; Carter Mossey 1-5, 2 R, 1 RBI; Brandon Todd 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI. D, Cam Jorda 1-3, HR, 1 R, 2 RBI; Treven Hopfauf 2-4, 2B; Shawn Steffan 1-4, 1 R; Sam England 1-3; Michael McChesney 1 RBI; Tanner Ouellette 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 6 1/3 IP, 8 H, 7 R (5 ER), 6 K, 3 BB.

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