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Roughriders fall against Bismarck; look forward to state tournament next

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Isaac Daley went five innings for Dickinson in their non-conference loss to Bismarck on Tuesday. (Jake Wright / The Dickinson Press)
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The Dickinson Roughriders played their best baseball of the season a few short weeks ago, but after a defeat at the hands of Bismarck on Tuesday afternoon, they are limping into the state tournament next week.

The Roughriders (28-17) had chances to put heat on the Governors several times late in the game, but double plays were their achilles heel in the 11-5 loss.

“We were playing really well up until Williston a couple weeks ago,” Roughriders head coach Tyler Frenzel said. “That is just baseball. It is up and down, up and down and a game of slumps every now and again. We aren’t playing bad, but we aren’t getting hits when we need them and making a couple more errors than we usually do. We have to clean those up in the next week.”

In the seventh inning, Dickinson was within striking distance down 8-5 with the bases loaded and one out.

Nathaniel Jilek hit into a 6-4-3 double play ending the inning and the scoring threat.

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Fast forward to the next frame and the bases were loaded again with one out after Kobe Krenz was hit by a pitch.

Jaren Hugelen bounced a ball to Bismarck’s second baseman resulting in another inning ending double play.

Bismarck turned one more double play for good measure in the ninth frame before Chase Henderson grounded out to end the contest.

After Dickinson took an early 1-0 lead in the first frame, Ben Patton roped a fly ball to center field with the bases full scoring three runs to give the Governors a 5-1 lead in the third inning.

“Timely hits. Timely hits,” Frenzel said. “They had the big hit in the third inning to clear the bases… When we had our chances, we didn’t get the big hit.”

Riley Odonnell drove in Krenz and Landon Aman knocked in Hugelen later in the game making the score 5-3 in the fifth inning, but the Roughriders would get no closer throughout the rest of the contest.

Aman went 3-4 with a RBI, while Hugelen and Krenz recorded two hits each.

Isaac Daley went five innings as the starter and took the loss despite only giving up one earned run.

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Isaac Pegors went the full nine innings for Bismarck.

Krenz pitched the final inning for Dickinson giving up a three run shot.

The Roughriders have now lost five games in a row and six of seven vs. AA opponents, and Frenzel says they will open the state tournament next Tuesday as the six seed vs. third seed West Fargo.

Bismarck: 005 002 103 (11)(10)2
Dickinson: 101 010 200 593
W— Isaac Pegors L— Isaac Daley
Dickinson: Troy Berg 1-5. Kobe Krenz 2-3, 3R, BB. Riley Odonnell 1-2, R. Landon Aman 3-4, RBI, BB. Carson Weiler 0-5. Chase Henderson 0-2, RBI. Logan Bentz 0-3, BB. Nathaniel Jilek 0-4. Jaren Hugelen 2-3, 2R, BB.

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