Roughriders split first games at tourney

OMAHA, Neb. -- In their first two games at an Omaha, Neb., tournament, the Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team went 1-1 with an 11-7 win over Elkhorn (Neb.) on Friday and a 14-4 loss to Sheridan (Wyo.) on Thursday.Michael McChesne...

OMAHA, Neb. - In their first two games at an Omaha, Neb., tournament, the Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team went 1-1 with an 11-7 win over Elkhorn (Neb.) on Friday and a 14-4 loss to Sheridan (Wyo.) on Thursday.
Michael McChesney fueled the Elkhorn victory with with offense and pitching. From the mound, McChesney earned the win after pitching 1 1/3 innings and allowing one run on two hits and two walks with a strikeout. He went 1 for 4 from the plate with a run and three RBI from a home run in the bottom of the second inning on a 2-2 pitch with two outs.
That homer followed an RBI from Treven Hopfauf to bring in Cam Jorda, Sam England scoring on a passed ball and Tanner Ouellette driving in Eli Jung to make up a seven-run second inning.
The Roughriders (3-8) followed it up with a four-run third. Brock Messer hit an RBI single to bring in England, Hopfauf scored on a bases-loaded walk by Ouellette then Messer and Shawn Steffan scored on a play that included McChesney reaching base on an error.

Messer started from the mound and went 4 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on six hits with three strikeouts and five walks. Ouellette earned the save with a scoreless final inning with a strikeout.
Elkhorn’s Nick Bolamperi was tagged with the loss after pitching 2 1/3 innings and allowing seven hits and 11 runs (nine earned) with a strikeout and a walk.
Jake Benz led the Elkhorn offense with four RBI, while Tino Zach, James Valdivia and Carsen Pilkington each drove in a run.
In the Dickinson loss to Sheridan, Steffan was tagged with the loss after two innings pitched. He gave up five runs (two earned) on four hits with a strikeout and five walks. Benson Kramer pitched the rest of the game and allowed 13 hits and nine earned runs with a strikeout and a walk.
Dickinson managed five hits in the game. The Roughriders found some offense with a two-run second inning to respond to Sheridan’s three-run first. Austin Boswell hit a single line drive to score Jung, and two batters later, Messer scored on a fielder’s choice. In the fourth inning, Jorda doubled to center field to score Kramer and McChesney, but that would be the last time the Roughriders scored in the game.
Individual Sheridan stats were unavailable.
Dickinson is scheduled to play again at 9 a.m. today.

Sheridan (Wyo.) 14, Dickinson 4
D 020 020 0 - 4 5 2
S 320 005 4 - 14 17 0
Shawn Steffan, Benson Kramer (3) and Chase Ballard.
Highlights: D: Tanner Ouellette 1 for 2, walk; Kramer run, RBI, walk; Michael McChesney run, walk; Cam Jorda 1 for 2, 2 RBI, walk; Eli Jung run, walk; Brock Messer 1 for 3, run; Austin Boswell 2 for 3, RBI.

Dickinson 11, Elkhorn (Neb.) 7
E 300 030 1 - 7 8 2
D 074 000 x - 11 9 1
Nick Bolamperi, Ethan Peterson (3) and Don Leise. Brock Messer, Michael McChesney (5), Tanner Ouellette (7) and Eli Jung.
W–McChesney. L–Bolamperi. HR–McChesney.
Highlights: E: Cole Thibodeau 1 for 4, run, walk; James Valdivia 1 for 4, run, RBI; Tino Zach 2 for 3, 2 runs, RBI, walk; Jared Jennings 1 for 3, run, walk; Carsen Pilkington 2 for 2, run, RBI, 2 walks; Don Leise run, 2 walks; Jake Bunz 1 for 4, 4 RBI. D: Ouellette 1 for 3, run, 2 RBI, walk; Benson Kramer 1 for 4, run, RBI; McChesney 1 for 4, run, 3 RBI, HR; Cam Jorda run; Sam England 2 for 3, 2 runs; Jung run; Treven Hopfauf 2 for 3, 2 runs, RBI, walk; Messer 1 for 3, run, RBI; Shawn Steffan 1 for 3, run.

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