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Midgets beat Bismarck in stunning double header

DHS’s Landon Aman walked up to bat in the top of third, with a scoreboard reading 0-1 before smashing a high fly ball deep into the outfield that would start the comeback — and help coming through an error by Schell. The event would start the dominoes tumbling to Bismarck's end.

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Aiden Hoerner at the plate moments before changing the dynamic of the first game against Bismarck High School (Josiah C. Cuellar/The Dickinson Press)

Dickinson High School baseball team is competitive in their nature and have refused to allow doubt to set in — even after being behind in games. The same held true on May 11 when after falling behind by one and going two runless innings, the team found themselves grasping their bats, tapping their cleats together and making ready for the comeback. The Midgets synced their short game style of play garnishing them the lead and ultimately the win.

It was a cool sunny day in Bismarck when the Midgets got off their bus and stepped into the visitor's dugout. Smiles abound as they were already in the winning state of mind. Demon’s pitcher junior Issac Schell would set about to crush that confidence early when he came out aggressive in the top with three strikeouts in quick succession, a pickoff and holding Dickinson to no runs through the first two innings — his initial successes would be short lived.

DHS’s Landon Aman walked up to bat in the top of third, with a scoreboard reading 0-1 before smashing a high fly ball deep into the outfield that would start the comeback — and help coming through an error by Schell. The event would start the dominoes tumbling to Bismarck's end.

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Carson Weiler, junior, running in to home plate. (Josiah C. Cuellar/The Dickinson Press)

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Jadon Bast followed with a grounder to first, with Reese Mack taking the base as a courtesy runner, and then after Nathaniel Jilek walked to first, advanced Aman to third and Mack to second. Aman takes advantage of a wild pitch and scores as Mack takes third and Jilek second. Then real traction began after Troy Berg hit into a fielder's choice bringing in Mack. Issac Daley's perfect centered line drive allows Jilek and Berg to cross home plate.

The Demons continued to fight with additional two runs at the bottom of the inning and gained their next and final run in the seventh. While on the other side, in the visitor dugouts, team cheer boomed as the Midgets' showed consistency in the fourth and fifth with two runs in each. The final score at the bottom of the seventh 8-4.

Game two showed a wider margin in scores as the Dickinson team ran away with five runs in the first inning from Berg, Chase Henderson, Aiden Haich, Nicholas Deschamp, and Aman. DHS pitchers line up consists of Mack, Jilek, and Carson Weiler and with six strikeouts and zero errors created.

The final score was 13-2. Coach Dobitz spoke with the Press during their afternoon practices after their double header win.

“The last few weeks we have been starting slow and I have been on the boys a little bit about, we don't have to start slow, we can start fast and keep the pressure on for the first inning on," Dobitz said "And in the second game we came in right away and got five runs in the first inning so they listen pretty well so hopefully that a turn around for us."

The two and only scores for Bismarck came in the fourth after a field error from Keagan Wardner.

The Midgets ran multiple hits in the first four of the five innings. Jilek was a main contributor with three RBIs and two runs from his three hits. Daley and Haich tied with two RBIs each.

“Bismarck Legacy is undefeated in the conference. I think they are a quality program, well coached,” Dobitz said. “I remember six or seven of those kids two years ago, before (COVID-19), when we played them and they were solid back then and as they get bigger and stronger they had to have gotten better.”

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Getting close to regionals, the Midgets narrow their focus onto facing the top tier teams of the region. Dickinson will be out on the diamond again May 15 as they travel to Bismarck to attempt to bring down the No.1 team in the WDA, Legacy, that is 11-0 in the conference.

“It is good competition; that what you are always looking for, especially this time of the year when you want the pressure to be a little bit more. Because during tournament time, there is no tomorrow, but at least there is going to be a tomorrow after Saturday,” Dobitz said. “One thing we are concentrating on is staying healthy too… You want to make sure you are healthy at the end of the year, you want to make sure the body and the mind is healthy. Breath in the fresh air. As the temperature warms up, sticks will warm up, arms will feel better but we want to make sure we don't over do it either. We want to make sure we are ready come tournament time; that we are playing our best.”

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Aiden Haich on the pitcher mound with intense focus. (Josiah C. Cuellar/The Dickinson Press)

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Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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