Roughriders split with state leader
The Dickinson Roughriders appeared to be in good shape to take game one from the Grand Forks Blue Devils on Wednesday night.
They plated runs in the second, third and fourth inning, but then in heartbreaking fashion, the Blue Devils came from behind to take the contest, 4-3.
A low scoring affair broke out in the second contest of the night and Dickinson held off Grand Forks for a 2-1 win to split the double header.
The Roughriders improved to 19-11 overall and 4-4 in state division play, while Grand Forks who was in first place in the state dropped to 6-2 in state play.
“There were two really good and close games tonight,” Roughriders head coach Tyler Frenzel said. “We had an opportunity to take both, but a couple base running mistakes and an error essentially cost us. Give them credit though. They battled back.”
In game one, Joey Grabanski, of Grand Forks, put the Roughriders in the do or die situation in the top of the seventh when he singled scoring Noah Burger to give the Blue Devils a one run lead.
First baseman Jaren Hugelen drove a ball up the middle in the bottom of the seventh, and shortstop Kobe Krenz, who represented the tying run booked it to third base.
Krenz did not make it home to end the contest.
Riley Odonnell singled to right field in the second frame scoring Landon Aman to go ahead 1-0.
In the next frame, Krenz flew out to center but Troy Berg who was on third scored. Carson Weiler left second base early, however, in a crucial mistake.
“We got one run, but instead of one out and a guy on third, we got two outs and no one on base,” Frenzel said. “That was a baserunning mistake on our part.”
Catcher Logan Bentz extended the lead and drove in Dickinson’s last run of the game in the bottom of the fourth when he plated Isaac Daley with a single.
The top of the fifth is when the Blue Devils finally got things going.
Noah Burger raced home on a wild pitch by Nick Deschamp and then Jackson Haagenson grounded out to second, but the wild pitch allowed Parker Monette to move over to third and with the Haagenson ground ball, he brought the score to 3-2.
Grabanski then smacked a moonshot over the left field wall tying the game.
Deschamp, Dickinson’s ace, went six plus innings on the bump and he only gave up three hits. He struck out seven and walked four.
The Roughriders out hit the Blue Devils nine to four in the close loss.
Hugelen, Odonnell and Aman all recorded two hits, while Odonnell, Krenz, and Bentz drove runs in.
“A lot of the games we have lost, we have kind of lost it ourselves,” Frenzel said. “When we play good baseball, we can play with anybody.”
In game two, Grand Forks loaded the bases at the very beginning as Krenz struggled on the mound with control early.
Ryan Muizelaar connected on a blooper that didn’t go anywhere and Krenz came storming off the mound, but he was unable to make the play at home and Haagenson crossed home plate.
Bentz tied the contest in the bottom of the fourth with a ground ball over the bag at first base scoring Aiden Haich.
In the next at bat, Berg then gave the Roughriders the lead on a sac fly to score Nathaniel Jilek on what would end up being the eventual winning run.
Jilek was the only Roughrider with multiple hits as he went 2-2.
Krenz went six innings striking out six and giving up five hits. The only Blue Devils run of the game was unearned.
“When Kobe is on the mound, we know we have a shot,” Frenzel said. “We know we will be in a dog fight and have to scratch a few runs across.”
Grand Forks: 000 030 1 442
Dickinson: 011 100 0 392
W— Jackson Haagenson L— Troy Berg
Dickinson: Troy Berg 1-3, R. Carson Weiler 1-4. Kobe Krenz 0-2, RBI, BB. Jaren Hugelen 2-4. Landon Aman 2-3, R, BB. Isaac Daley 1-3. Riley Odonnell 2-3, RBI. Nathaniel Jilek 0-3. Logan Bentz 1-3, RBI. Grand Forks: Parker Monette 2-3, R. Jackson Haagenson 0-3, RBI, BB. Joey Grabanski 2-4, 2RBI, HR, R. Brody Sorenson 0-3, BB. Zach Carolin 0-4. Ryan Muizelaar 0-2, BB. Channing Lenoir 0-2. Tanner Faller 0-2. Matt Scribner 0-1. Noah Burger 0-1, 2R.
Grand Forks: 100 000 0 172
Dickinson: 000 200 x 261
W— Kobe Krenz L— Brody Sorenson
Dickinson: Troy Berg 1-2, RBI. Kobe Krenz 0-3. Aiden Haich 1-3, R. Riley Odonnell 0-3. Carson Weiler 0-3. Logan Bentz 1-2, RBI. Nathaniel Jilek 2-2, R. Isaac Daley 0-2. Jaren Hugelen 1-3. Grand Forks: Zach Carolin 0-3. Parker Monette 2-3, BB. Ryan Muizelaar 2-3, RBI. Channing Lenoir 0-3. Jackson Haagenson 1-2, 2BB, R. Dillon Kuntz 1-3. Brady Sorenson 1-4. Joey Grabanski 0-3, BB. Tanner Faller 0-1. Brady Lewandoski 0-2.