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Midgets baseball seniors stand out in final home games

On Dickinson High's senior night, three Midgets seniors ended the last home game of their careers the best way they could -- with a couple wins.Dickinson held Minot High to a single run with a 5-1 win and a 10-0 win in five innings for a West Reg...

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Dickinson High senior Brock Messer slides into home plate against Minot on Tuesday at Southside Ballpark and Astoria Field. (Press Photo by Colton Pool)

On Dickinson High’s senior night, three Midgets seniors ended the last home game of their careers the best way they could - with a couple wins.
Dickinson held Minot High to a single run with a 5-1 win and a 10-0 win in five innings for a West Region doubleheader sweep on Tuesday at Southside Ballpark and Astoria Field.
“It’s pretty emotional to play your last home game here,” Midgets senior Brock Messer said. “It gives us a little bit more of a boost because there’s only three of us. It’s our last one, and it gives us a lot of confidence.”
In the final home games in their Midgets uniforms, Messer, a first baseman, outfielder Michael McChesney and infielder Benson Kramer stood out offensively.
Kramer recorded an RBI and a hit in the first game before going 3 for 3 at the plate with 2 RBI and a run in the second contest.
“I swung at the pitches I know I can hit,” Kramer said. “Last couple weeks, I’ve gotten a little antsy swinging at whatever is a strike. I’m kind of picking the pitch and driving it hard.”
McChesney went 1 for 3 with a run in the first game and drove in two scores in the second. Messer drove in three runs and scored one of his own over the two victories.
Though Kramer plans on playing for the Dickinson Roughriders during the American Legion season this summer, Tuesday proved to be emotional nonetheless.
“I’m pretty satisfied with my career. I’ve played as well as I could at home,” Kramer said. “When we play at home, I want to play as well as I can for the fans to give them a show and just do the best I can.”

Seven different Dickinson (24-6, 24-6 West Region) players chalked up a hit for the day. In the first game, both Lucas Jones and Tanner Ouellette drove in a run, while Ouellette and Chase Ballard both hit an RBI in the second contest.
From the mound, Cam Jorda earned the win in the first game by giving up just one run on four hits while striking out three and walking four batters for the complete-game win. Jones took the mound in the second game and went four innings in which he gave up four hits and no runs while striking out three batters and walking none. Austin Boswell came in for the final inning and didn’t allow Minot (15-12-1, 15-12-1) a run or hit.
“Minot’s been playing well,” Dickinson head coach Pete Dobitz said. “It starts on the mound. You’ve got to throw strikes. When you throw strikes, we’ve played pretty good defense behind.”
But Messer said the way Dickinson’s defense has been playing has been crucial as well.
“Our pitchers throw the ball over the plate and let the defense work,” Messer said. “Then when we get up to bat, we can really stick it and produce runs.”
Now three wins ahead of Bismarck Century for first place in the West Region, Dobitz likes the way his team looks this late in the season.
With only a doubleheader at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at Bismarck High left to go in the regular season, the Midgets are in the driver’s seat of the West Region.
And the Dickinson seniors are poised to make the most of their final season.
“All three of them came out pretty focused and didn’t let the moment be too much for them,” Dobitz said. “They came out and played very steady. Their minds are more on where we want to be as a team in terms of finishing on top in the (West Region).”

Dickinson High 5, Minot High 1
M 000 10 - 1 4 1
D 022 1x - 5 6 0
Carson Tonini, Garrett Larson (3), Creighton Rudolph (5) and Noah Tate. Cam Jorda and Eli Jung.
W–Jorda. L–Tonini. HR–none.
Highlights: M: Rudolph 1 for 2; Conner Taney 1 for 3; Austin Burckhard 1 for 3, run; Garrett Larson 1 for 1, walk. D: Shawn Steffan 1 for 2, walk; Benson Kramer 1 for 3, RBI; Austin Boswell run; Michael McChesney 1 for 3, run; Lucas Jones RBI; Jorda walk; Kendall Jones walk; Jung walk; Shawn Stoltz run; Tanner Ouellette 2 for 2, 2 runs, RBI; Brock Messer 1 for 4, RBI, walk.

Dickinson High 10, Minot High 0
M 000 00 - 0 4 1
D 306 01 - 10 5 1
Liam Owens, Noah Tate (3) and Creighton Rudolph. Lucas Jones, Austin Boswell (5) and Chase Ballard.
W–Jones. L–Owens. HR–none.
Highlights: M: Conner Taney 1 for 3; Austin Burckhard 1 for 2; Garrett Larson 1 for 2; Liam Owens 1 for 2. D: Shawn Steffan run, walk; Treven Hopfauf 1 for 1, run; Benson Kramer 3 for 3, run, 2 RBI, walk; Michael McChesney 2 RBI, walk; Shawn Stoltz run; Cam Jorda run, 2 walks; Ballard 1 for 2, RBI, walk; Boswell run; Cody Maier run; Kendall Jones run, walk; Tanner Ouellette run, RBI; Brock Messer run, 2 RBI, walk.

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