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Roughriders split four games in Minnesota

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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — One week after the Dickinson Roughriders were in Wyoming to compete in the Dooley Oil Classic, the team was back on the road, traveling east to Minnesota to take on a pair of teams from the Gopher State.

On Friday, June 28, the Roughriders played Detroit Lakes, taking game one 10-3 before falling 10-9 in game two from Washington Field.

One day earlier, the Roughriders traveled to Krueger Field to take on Perham, splitting a pair of contests with the Buzz. The visitors took the opener 12-7, but dropped the following game 2-1 in eight innings.

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During the opener on Friday, Dickinson produced all of its runs in the first three innings, scoring four in the first inning, three in the second and three in the third.

“We’ve done a good job of getting to opponent’s starters early in games, knocking them out and getting to their bullpen,” Dickinson head coach Tyler Frenzel said. “That was something we were able to do again today against Detroit Lakes that first game.”

During game two, Dickinson jumped out to a 7-1, providing plenty of run support for starting pitcher Cody Maier, who had the best start of his season to this point. The right-hander allowed just one hit and two walks through four innings of work. However, when Maier exited the game, Post 15 went on its run, scoring nine runs and sending 13 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fifth.

“Cody was on a pitch count as well as our other pitchers, we have some conference games coming up, but Cody was rolling,” Frenzel said. “We need to do a better job of putting teams away when we have the opportunity. We’ve let some teams hang around too long this year and just haven’t done a great job of closing games out, which ultimately led to the nine-run inning.”

Enjoying a comfortable advantage, Dickinson could not hold not the lead, as it found itself just about staring at a deficit in the blink of an eye, or some cases, in the time it takes to visit the restroom.

“It was funny. We were up 7-1 and I stepped out for a minute to go to the bathroom and when I came back, it was 7-5 with the bases loaded,” Frenzel said. “I missed that part of the inning, I couldn’t believe it.”

Dickinson loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, scoring a pair of runs when a walk from catcher Logan Bentz brought outfielder Justin Berger and an RBI groundout from Tristen Brunk made it 10-9. However, Kobe Krenz flied out to end the game.

One day earlier, the Roughriders traveled to Krueger Field to take on Perham, splitting a pair of contests the Buzz. The visitors took the opener 12-7, but dropped following game 2-1 in eight innings.

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In game one, the Roughriders trailed 5-1 after the first inning. Starting pitcher Nathaniel Jilek failed to record an out for the road team, as he allowed five runs on a hit and four walks before he was relieved by Brunk.

Chipping away with a pair of runs in the top of the third, Dickinson regained the lead with a three-run fourth. With down and a runner on second, first baseman Jaren Hugelen delivered an RBI single that scored third baseman Troy Berg. Later in the frame, right fielder Landon Aman and catcher Logan Bentz hit consecutive RBI singles to put the visitors in front 6-5.

In the next inning, the Roughriders utilized three extra-base hits to extend to a 10-5 cushion. Berg connected with an RBI double to score Maier. Shortstop Aiden Haich followed with a double before Hugelen drove him home with a two-run home run to left field. Berg scored during the Hugelen at-bat on a passed ball.

Brunk earned the victory on the mound after allowing four hits and a walk while striking out five in six innings.

After 19 combined runs and 19 combined hits were scored in the opener, Krenz and Buzz pitcher Noah Rooney shut the bats down in the nightcap. The teams went to extra innings scoreless.

In the top of the fifth, Dickinson had its best chance to put a run on the scoreboard during regulation, as Hugelen doubled and Berger singled, putting runners on second and third with two outs. Rooney got the best of the visitors, though, fanning left fielder Landon Aman for one of his 16 strikeouts.

As the game continued to the eighth, Perham brought in reliever Michael Benke, and the Roughriders took advantage. Not only was Krenz sharp on the bump, he also put his team ahead with an RBI single, scoring Aman from second. Aman leadoff the frame with a single and was pushed to second on a Bentz sacrifice bunt.

Krenz recorded the first out of the bottom of the frame, but relinquishing a walk sandwiched in between two hit batters to load the bases. A Hugelen error allowed the tying run to cross the plate before catcher Carter Mulcahy ended the contest with a game-winning RBI single.

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“That was a fun game to be a part of and to watch,” Frenzel said. “Kobe threw phenomenally and had the hit to give us the lead as well. That kid we saw has as good an arm as most of these kids have seen in their career. He was throwing 86-87 miles per hour, he was a lefty and he’ll be a Division 1 pitcher, but Kobe went toe-to-toe with him and I thought out-dueled him. … That’s what Legion baseball game should look like.”

Dickinson Roughriders 10, Detroit Lakes (Minn.) 3
DR 433 000 0 — 10 10 0
DL 001 002 0 — 3 7 2
DR: Carson Weiler (3.0), Jaren Hughlen (3.0), Logan Bentz (1.0) and Tristen Brunk. DL: No. 7 (3.0), No. 21 (4.0), and No. 9.
W–Hugelen. L–No. 7. HR–None.
Highlights: DR: Kobe Krenz 2-5, RBI, 2 R; Cody Maier 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R; Weiler 2-3, BB, RBI, R, 3 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, ER, 5 K. DL: No. 13 2-4, 2B, RBI. No. 4 2-3, RBI.

Detroit Lakes 10, Dickinson Roughriders 9
DR 111 040 2 — 9 8 5
DL 100 090 0 — 10 8 4
DR: Cody Maier (4.0), Aiden Haich (0.1), Isaac Gjerde (1.0), Troy Berg (0.2) and Reese Mack and Tristen Brunk. DL: No. 23 (6.1), No. 3, No. 18 (0.2) and catcher information was not available.
W–No. 23. L–Haich. HR–None.
Highlights: DR: Jaren Hugelen 3-3, 2 RBI, 2 R, Maier 4 IP, H, 2 BB, R (0 ER), 3 K, 1-4; Logan Bentz 2-3, BB, 3 RBI, R. DL: No. 3 2-4, 2 R; No. 13, 0-2, BB, 2 RBI, R; No. 16 1-2, 2 BB, RBI, R; No. 21 2-3, RBI, R.

Results Thursday
Dickinson Roughriders 12, Perham (Minn.) Buzz 7
DR 102 342 0 — 12 14 2
PB 500 020 0 — 7 5 3
DR: Nathaniel Jilek, Tristen Brunk (6.0), Justin Berger (1.0) and Logan Bentz. PB: No. 12 (2.2), No. 64. (1.1), No. 0 (1.1), No. 91 (1.2) and No. 23.
W–Brunk. L–No. 64. HR–DR: Jaren Hugelen.
Highlights: DR: Hugelen 2-2, HR, 2B, BB, 4 RBI, 3 R; Troy Berg 3-6, 2B, EBI, 3 R; Cody Maier 2-2, BB, 2 R; Aiden Haich 2-4, 2B, 2 BB, 2 R; Brunk 6 IP, 4 H, BB, 2 ER, 5 K, 1-4, RBI, R; Landon Aman 1-3, BB, 3 RBI; Bentz 1-4, BB, 2 RBI; Reese Mack 1-4, BB, R. PB: No. 91 1-2, 2B, BB, 2 RBI, 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 R; No. 76 1-3, BB, RBI, 2 R.
Perham (Minn.) Buzz 2, Dickinson Roughriders 1 (F/8)
DR 000 000 01 — 1 4 3
PB 000 000 02 — 2 2 0
DR: Kobe Krenz (7.1) and Logan Bentz. PB: Noah Rooney (7.0), Michael Benke (1.0) and Carter Mulchay.
W–Benke. L–Krenz. HR–None.
Highlights: DR: Krenz 7.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 R (ER), 5 K, 1-4, RBI; Jaren Hugelen 1-2, 2B, BB; Landon Aman 1-3, R; Justin Berger 1-3. PB: Rooney 7 IP, 2 H, BB, 0 R, 16 K; Mulchay 1-4, GW RBI.
*Full rosters was not available.
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