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Roughriders pound out 29 runs in two wins at Dooley Oil Classic

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Through 42 games in the 2018 American Legion season, the Dickinson Post 3 Roughriders collected a total of 11 wins. The following summer, with first-year head coach Tyler Frenzel at the helm, the Roughriders captured their 11th victory in just 18 games.

After a lethargic debut during the first day of the Dooley Oil Classic, Post 3 erupted for runs early and often against the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Hawks on the opening contest of day. Doing most of its damage in the second and third innings, Dickinson clobbered the Hawks 13-4 in five innings.

Hours later against the Torrington (Wyo.) Tigers on Friday, June 21, the Roughriders surpassed last year’s win total with a similar effort, posting big numbers in the first and fourth frames en route to a 16-4 triumph in four innings from Cowboy Field.

It is the ninth time Dickinson scored 10 or more runs in a game.

“It was night and day from yesterday. The energy and intensity was way up today,” Post 3 head coach Tyler Frenzel said. “We played great team baseball.”

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In the opener, every person in the Roughriders lineup reached safely, but it was the top and middle of the order that did much of the heavy lifting. Hitters one through six collected nine of the team’s 11 base hits and all of its 11 RBIs.

With a 2-0 advantage in the top of the second, second baseman Reece Mack moved runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, the lead doubled to 4-0 when shortstop Kobe Krenz delivered an RBI groundout that scored courtesy runner Carson Weiler, and first baseman Cody Maier singled in right fielder Logan Bentz. Next, a Hawks error at short loaded the bases before right fielder Aiden Haitch roped a two-run single into left field. Center fielder Nathaniel Jilek brought Haich home with a single into right.

The Roughriders showed patience against Cheyenne pitcher Kaden Anderson in the third as they brought 10 batters to the plate via three walks, a pair of singles, two sacrifices, another Hawks error and a two-run double from designated hitter Jaren Hugelen. When catcher Tristen Brunk popped out to short to end the frame, the visitors enjoyed a 13-0 cushion.

“We had a team meeting last night and the guys took that to heart, and they came out swinging this morning,” Frenzel said. “They played together and played great all day today.”

Facing off against the Tigers in the afternoon, Post 3 found its most productive bat in No. 9 hitter Landon Aman.

As part of a seven-run opening frame, Dickinson’s first three runs crossed the plate following three Torrington errors. Aman added to the lead with a two-run single scoring Hugelen and Weiler, making it 5-0. After the right fielder tripled to bring home two runs in the top of the second, he did it again in the fourth.

Aman finished 3-for-3 with six runs driven in. Prior to the game, Aman had a batting average below .200.

“It was nice for Landon to get back on track,” Frenzel said. “He had a big day for us and he’s a nice player for us.”

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Ten of the 11 Roughriders that made an appearance either scored, reached safely with a hit or a walk in support of pitcher Isaac Gjerde, who went the distance to pick up the victory. He also started on the mound against Cheyenne, tossing two frames before Aman came on in relief to pick up the victory.

With Friday’s wins, Dickinson improved its Classic record to 2-1, which is key as only the best records in the seven-team tournament advance to the championship game on Sunday. The Roughriders will battle with Spearfish S.D. on Saturday at 12:15 p.m.

Dickinson Roughriders 13, Cheyenne Hawks 4 (F/5)

DR 256 00 — 13 10 3

CH 004 00 — 4 3 5

DR: Isaac Gjerde (2.0), Landon Aman (3.0) and Tristen Brunk. CH: Kaden Anderson (3.0), Guy Andren (2.0) and Casey Daniels.

W–Aman. L–Anderson. HR–None.

Highlights: DR: Troy Berg 2-4, 2B, RBI, 3 R; Cody Maier 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 R; Kobe Krenz 1-3, 2 RBI, R; Aiden Haich 1-3, BB, 2 RBI, 2 R; Jaren Hugelen 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Nathaniel Jilek 1-4, 2 RBI, R; Tristen Brunk 2-3, BB; Logan Bentz 0-1, 3 BB, 2 R. CH: Ben Bohlmann 0-1, 2 BB, R; Aidan Colgan 0-2, RBI, R; Tyler Schlagel 1-2, BB.

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Dickinson Roughriders 16, Torrington Tigers 4 (F/4)

DR 730 600 000 — 16 10 2

TT 100 300 000 — 4 5 6

DR: Isaac Gjerde (4.0) and Logan Bentz.

W–Gjerde. HR–None.

Highlights: DR: Landon Aman 3-3, 2 3B, 6 RBI, 2 R; Bentz 1-2, BB, 2 RBI, 2 R; Jaren Hugelen 1-3, 2B, 3 R; Cody Maier 1-2, BB, RBI, R; Kobe Krenz 1-3, BB, RBI, R; Tristen Brunk 1-1, RBI, R; Justin Berger 1-3, BB, 2 R; Carson Weiler 0-2. BB, 3 R; Gjerde 4 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 ER, K.

*Torrington Tigers roster was not available.

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