Midgets wiped out in home opener against Jamestown
The Dickinson High boys baseball team finally took its first home swings this season on Friday, April 20. But after their first game went into extra innings and their second game got away from them in the middle innings, the Midgets remain winles...
The Dickinson High boys baseball team finally took its first home swings this season on Friday, April 20.
But after their first game went into extra innings and their second game got away from them in the middle innings, the Midgets remain winless through four games of the 2018 campaign.
Jamestown spoiled the home festivities after sweeping a doubleheader at the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark at Astoria Field. The Blue Jays won the opener 4-1 in nine innings and took the nightcap 11-2.
"I think the first game that we played, the tone was set with Dawson Dutchak just going on the mound throwing strikes, competing and battling," Dickinson head coach Pete Dobitz said. "The second game, it kind of got away from us on the focus side. As the temperature went down, our focus just wasn't there and we kind of gave them too much."
The first matchup featured a pair of strong performances from the starting pitchers. Jamestown junior right-hander Ryder Lunzman and Dickinson senior right-hander Dawson Dutchak each surrendered one run through seven innings.
The Blue Jays appeared to be threatening in the top of the eighth inning with one on and one out. Lunzman blooped a single into shallow center field. Junior second baseman Dawson Douty waited for the ball to drop to advance, as he was initially called safe, just beating a throw into second base. But after Dobitz argued the call, the umpires gathered and changed the call, ruling Douty out on the force out. Lunzman was later caught stealing to end the inning.
In the bottom half of the inning, after another bang-bang play at second was ruled in their favor, the Midgets (0-4, WDA 0-4) loaded the bases with no outs.
Douty, who began the inning in relief of Lunzman on the mound, got Midgets junior outfielder Morgan Wardner to fly out to center. With one down, junior shortstop Cody Maier lined out sharply to sophomore third baseman Chris Erickson. Erickson was able to lunge back toward the bag and tag out DHS senior Colton Jones to end the inning.
"We talked specifically about that after the game," Jamestown head coach Kelley Kessler said. "Young kids and inexperienced kids, those situations make you go too fast and I think we did a really good job of slowing things down, executing the things we needed to to get out of that. They hit a rocket right at us and we were lucky enough to catch it and turn the double play."
In the top of the ninth, the Blue Jays (2-0, WDA 2-0) returned the favor by loading the bases with no outs.
Jamestown was able to cash in when Erickson scored from third on a Dickinson error, and tacked on two more runs to put the game away.
During the nightcap, Dickinson jumped ahead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Senior leadoff hitter Ethan Dietz and Wardner crossed the plate after a Jamestown throwing error and wild pitch from senior starting pitcher Drew Murray.
The Blue Jays responded with three runs in the top of the second, capped by RBI singles from Lunzman and Erickson. They pulled away for good in the fourth with four runs off of senior starting pitcher Chris Zubke, highlighted by a suicide squeeze bunt off of Erickson's bat, scoring Douty from third base and Lunzman from second.
Murray settled in the rest of the way, allowing just four hits in a complete game performance. Meanwhile, Dickinson committed five errors in the nightcap.
"We're a young team, we're a really young team and we had a good talk tonight about what is demanded of a varsity level team in terms of focus and in terms of what are you putting in to be successful," Dobitz said. "Our goal is never as a Dickinson High baseball program is to be gangbusters and win them all from game one on. Our goal is to progress from game to game to game, so by the time WDA or state comes around, we are playing at our best. That is the team we want to put on the field and show people what we are made of."
Jamestown 4, Dickinson 1 (F/9)
J 000 010 003 - 4 12 4
D 000 001 000 - 1 4 1
J, Ryder Lunzman (7), Dawson Douty (2) and Thomas Falk. D, Dawson Dutchak (8.1), Jaren Huglen (0.2) and Tristan Brunk.
W-Douty. L-Dutchak. HR-None.
Highlights: J, Douty 2-4, BB; Drew Murray, 2-4, RBI; Lunzman, 7 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K. D, Cody Maier 1-4, 2B; Colton Jones 0-1; 3 BB; Dutchak 8.1 IP, 11 H, 4 R (3 ER).
Jamestown 11, Dickinson 2
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D 200 000 0 - 2 4 5
J: Murray (7) and Falk. D: Chris Zubke (4), Joseph Pavek (2), Maier (1) and Brunk.
W-Murray. L-Zubke. HR-None.
Highlights: J, Chris Erickson 3-3, 2B, 4 RBI; Lunzman 2-4, 2 R, RBI. Murray, 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R (0 ER). D, Pavek, 2 IP, H, BB, K. Ethan Dietz, 3-3, R