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Roughriders drop two in season-opening doubleheader in Williston

WILLISTON -- Despite a young roster going up against an experienced Williston squad, the Dickinson American Legion baseball team competed with the Keybirds in the first game of a season-opening double header, falling 4-3.

WILLISTON - Despite a young roster going up against an experienced Williston squad, the Dickinson American Legion baseball team competed with the Keybirds in the first game of a season-opening double header, falling 4-3.

In the second game, the Roughriders youth showed as Williston went on to win 8-5 on Wednesday, June 6 at Ardean Aafedt Stadium.

"The theme tonight is we're very young," head coach Stephen Greenwood said. "We took some stuff we learned in practice and used it in a game. The effort was there. We played really hard. You can tell the boys are hungry want to learn and get better."

In game one, Dickinson starting pitcher Kobe Krenz threw three innings, striking out two.

"Kobe kept them off balance for a good few innings then had a little arm soreness so that's the only reason we got him out of the game," Greenwood said. "Bryant Merry came in and did a phenomenal job in his varsity playing action of his career."

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Merry threw three shutout innings, earning one strikeout.

One of three veterans on the team, Tristen Brunk was pulled from his spot behind the plate after experiencing arm soreness. As a precaution, Greenwood replaced him with fellow returner, Sam England.

"That was a tough loss," Greenwood said. "Having Tristen behind the dish is pretty big for this team, with stopping the other teams running game."

In game two, England hit a homerun, going 1-for-2 in the contest.

Justin Berger led Dickinson's offense going 3-for-4 over both games.

Relieving Roughriders thrower Nick Deschamp who started on the mound, Isaac Gjerde threw two innings of the second game, allowing two hits, two runs and striking out one.

Garrett Hill led the Keybirds, going the distance in game one with three strikeouts. Additionally, Tate Ferrell led the Williston bats two hits in game two.

"I know we lost two games today but I'm not leaving Williston with my tail tucked," Greenwood said. "I'm leaving knowing we can get better."

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Full results were not available at press time

Williston 4, Dickinson 3

D 001 100 1 - 3 8 2

W 112 000 X - 4 9 1

Kobe Krenz (3), Bryant Merry (3) and Tristen Brunk, Sam England. Garrett Hill.

W-Hill. L-Krenz. HR-None.

Highlights: D, Isaac Gjerde 2-3, Justin Berger 2-2, R; Landon Aman 1-2, R; Krenz 3 IP; Merry 3 IP, 1 K.

Williston 8, Dickinson 5

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D 022 010 0 - 5 5 2

W 010 511 X - 8 7 2

Nick Deschamp (4), Isaac Gjerde (2). Koby Klassen (4), Reed Hanson (3).

W-Klassen. L-Deschamp. HR- Sam England.

Highlights: D Sam England 1-2, HR; Justin Berger 1-2, RBI; Kobe Krenz 2 RBI; Isaac Gjerde 2 IP, 2H, 1 R, 2 K.

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