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Roughriders bounce back after loss to down Bismarck

For the Dickinson Roughriders, Saturday's two games represented a literal night and day difference. After a 10-0 loss in five innings to Rapid City Post 320 in the afternoon, the Roughriders bounced back in the evening, registering a 7-1 win over...

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Dickinson’s Shawn Steffan connects on a pitch during the Roughriders’ game against Rapid City Post 320 Saturday afternoon at Southside Ballpark and Astoria Field. (Press Photo by Parker Cotton)

For the Dickinson Roughriders, Saturday’s two games represented a literal night and day difference.

After a 10-0 loss in five innings to Rapid City Post 320 in the afternoon, the Roughriders bounced back in the evening, registering a 7-1 win over Bismarck, a game shortened to just three innings due to lightning.

The Governors had already secured a spot in the Border War championship game today, so after a meeting among coaches and umpires, the night game was called early. The Roughriders (2-3) will play Pierre (S.D.) at 9 a.m. today for a chance to face Bismarck again in the title game at 1 p.m.

“The bats came alive tonight, and that contributed to the whole team playing well offensively and defensively,” Dickinson outfielder Shawn Steffan said. “When your bats are flying like that, you’re playing with more confidence on the field. The team looked like a totally different team tonight than in the first game.”

Dickinson struck early against the Governors, taking a 2-0 lead after two innings thanks to RBI from Sam England and Steffan in the first and second innings, respectively. Bismarck got one back in the top of the third when Seth Siverson singled to score Andrew Feist.

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In the bottom of the third, though, the Roughriders piled on.

England popped out to start the inning, but Chase Ballard, Benson Kramer and Eli Jung all singled to load the bases. Brock Messer delivered an RBI single, and Tanner Ouellette reached on a fielder’s choice to drive in another run to make it 4-1. Jung scored after Cam Jorda reached on an error at third base, and Steffan’s double to right-center field plated Ouellette and Jorda for the 7-1 advantage.

Before Bismarck could even take a swing in the top of the fourth, the game was called as lightning neared from the southwest. But for Dickinson, a win’s a win.

“I’m happy. It’s fine with me,” said pitcher Austin Boswell, who picked up the win in the abbreviated matchup.  

Boswell, usually and infielder, was asked to take the bump in the nightcap, and he stepped up by keeping the Governors off balance.

“We had to dig into our staff. We have to pitch guys that haven’t thrown in the high school season,” head coach Cory Hansen said. “Boswell settled in right away. He had some good stuff going.”

Further, Dickinson’s bats came through when necessary.

“Our guys just hit line drives and ground balls,” Hansen said. “There was just no way we could get a hit in the air. We caught the wind just right when Steffan hit one deep and knocked in a couple runs. That helped a bunch.”

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In the first game of the day, the Roughriders only managed two baserunners the entire game against Rapid City Post 320.

Messer drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the third, but the inning ended after Ouellette grounded out to third. In the fourth, Jorda led off with a single into left-center field, but two infield pop-ups and a lazy fly to center ended the inning.

Stars pitcher Trevor Pitsor was otherwise unchallenged, letting his defense work for him whenever possible. Aside from the one walk and lone hit, Pitsor struck out four, including the side in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.

“I guess we weren’t used to him,” Boswell said of Pitsor. “We faced (Bismarck Century pitcher Dalton Feeney) in the spring, and we hit him, but for some reason, we couldn’t touch that kid (Pitsor). He was good.”

The Stars tagged Roughriders pitcher Eli Jung for four runs on three hits in the first inning, the big blow being a two-run single with the bases loaded from Seth Brewer.

Rapid City did the rest of its damage in the fourth inning. Jung walked the first two batters before being relieved by Treven Hopfauf, who allowed a two-run single to Mason Holmes that made it 6-0. The Stars tacked on four more runs by the end of the inning to create the final margin.

For the team to rebound in just a matter of hours and play better in all respects, the Roughriders were thankful to salvage a win.

“We haven’t scored that many runs, so it’s kind of a big thing to come out and get hits and rally around that,” Steffan said.

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Rapid City 10, Dickinson 0

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Trevor Pitsor and Chaunce Reede. Eli Jung, Treven Hopfauf and Tristin Brunk and Tanner Ouellette.

W–Pitsor. L–Jung. HR–none.

Highlights: RC: Mason Holmes 2 for 4, 2 RBI; Seth Brewer 2 for 4, run, 3 RBI; Curt Stahlecker 1 for 2, 2 RBI; Trevor Pitsor 5 IP, 1 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 0 R. D: Cam Jorda 1 for 2; Brock Messer BB.

Dickinson 7, Bismarck 1

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D  115-790

Harris Rice and Cole Foss. Austin Boswell and Chase Ballard.

W - Boswell. L - Rice. HR - none.

Highlights: B: Seth Siverson 1 for 1, RBI; Andrew Feist 1 for 1, run; Logan Pieterick 1 for 2. D: Shawn Steffan 3 for 3, 2B, 3 RBI; Eli Jung 2 for 2, 2 runs; Brock Messer 1 for 2, RBI; Chase Ballard 1 for 1, run; Benson Kramer 1 for 2, run; Cam Jorda 2 runs; Tanner Ouellette RBI, run; Sam England RBI; Treven Hopfauf 1 for 3; Austin Boswell 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB.

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