Roughriders take advantage of errors, win twice in Jablonsky Tournament
The Dickinson Roughriders keep finding new ways to win. In the last week, they've won with 10-run rules and crooked innings, as well as with stingy pitching and defense. On Friday, the Roughriders benefited from eight combined errors over two gam...
The Dickinson Roughriders keep finding new ways to win.
In the last week, they’ve won with 10-run rules and crooked innings, as well as with stingy pitching and defense.
On Friday, the Roughriders benefited from eight combined errors over two games at the Jablonsky Tournament to register an 8-7 victory over Spearfish (S.D.) and a 4-1 win over Manitoba at Southside Ballpark and Astoria Field.
“It’s nice to see when they give us some extra outs with any errors so we can capitalize on them,” Dickinson’s Eli Jung said. “It gives us extra chances, and it’s great to see us take advantage.”
The Roughriders are now on a season-high four-game winning streak and are at an even overall record (10-10) for the first time all year. They’ve won eight of their last 10 games.
Against Spearfish, the teams each put up a pair of two-run innings in the first three frames, but the Roughriders took control of the game in the fifth. After Tanner Ouellette and Lucas Jones walked and singled to start the inning, Jung lofted a ball into shallow left field that fell in between the third baseman and outfielder, allowing both runners to score and Jung to reach second.
“I was just trying to fight the ball off, and it ended up going fair,” Jung said. “Luckily it just kind of dropped, and I was able to get up to second and score some runs. It ended up being a nice hit for us and got some momentum for us.”
After Spearfish catcher Kobee Farrokhi dropped a third strike during Michael McChesney’s at-bat, he overthrew teammate Alec Whitted at first. McChesney ended up on third, which allowed Jung to score to make it 7-4.
Spearfish ended the game with four errors.
“I’ve never seen the triple after the strikeout, and he scores a run too,” Jung said. “It’s a little stroke of luck, but it’s nice.”
Cam Jorda added an RBI groundout to score McChesney to build the lead to 8-4.
Spearfish would strike for three runs in the top of the sixth, but the Roughriders held on for the win.
Starting pitcher Sam England helped his own cause early on with a two-run single in the first inning, but Spearfish tied things in the second. In the bottom half of the inning, Benson Kramer notched an RBI groundout, and Ouellette bunt singled for another run, retaking the lead at 4-2.
Devan Fox and Whitted added RBI singles in the top of the third to tie the game once again. Shawn Steffan relieved England on the mound after that inning and, save for the three-run sixth, kept Spearfish off the board.
“Shawn got ahead of batters right away, and that was huge,” Roughriders head coach Stephen Greenwood said. “Sam gave us what he could, and it ended up being a four-inning game, basically, because it was tied when Steffan came in. We just ended up responding better than they did.”
The last time Steffan pitched was June 16 at a tournament in Omaha, Neb., when he gave up five runs on four hits with five walks, so Friday served as a means for him to get his head right.
“It felt good to have confidence on the mound today,” he said. “I struggled a little bit (in Omaha), so it was good to get back on the mound and see some good things happen. That’s a big step for me.”
Steffan earned the win after pitching the final four innings with four strikeouts and one walk. Jung and Lucas Jones each had two hits, and Jones scored twice.
In the late game, Manitoba committed a four-pack of errors in the bottom of the sixth inning that helped Dickinson break a 1-1 tie, leading to its 4-1 win.
Ouellette led off with a single and later scored following an error by catcher Victor Cerny as he tried to throw out Steffan on a bunt attempt in the next at-bat. Steffan would later score on another error, and the final run came on a groundout from Brock Messer.
Mike Herauf picked up the win after going a full seven innings with four strikeouts, three hits allowed and two walks. The only damage done against him was Jordan Peck’s RBI single to score Trey Fortin in the top of the second. Steffan’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third tied the game at 1, setting the stage for Manitoba’s unraveling in the sixth.
“What we preach is hustle, and this is a game of failure. You’re not going to succeed all the time,” Greenwood said. “But you can always put pressure on the defense with your hustle. It puts pressure on the defense to make a play, and sometimes they don’t come through, and we’re standing on second base before you know it.”
Dickinson 8, Spearfish 7
S 022 003 0 - 7 11 2
D 220 040 0 - 8 7 0
Donovan Balsley, Parker Louks and Kobee Farrokhi. Sam England, Shawn Steffan and Chase Ballard.
W-Steffan. L-Louks. HR-S, Kobee Farrokhi.
Highlights: S, Jaxon Rosencranz 2 for 3, 2 RBI, run; Devan Fox 2 for 4, RBI, run. D, Eli Jung 2 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI, run; Sam England 1 for 2, 2 RBI; Lucas Jones 2 for 3, 2 runs; Tanner Ouellette 1 for 3, run, RBI; Michael McChesney 2 runs; Mike Herauf 1 for 3, run.
Dickinson 4, Manitoba 1
M 010 000 0 - 1 3 4
D 001 003 0 - 4 4 1
Nick Doig, Brandon Racette and Victor Cerny. Mike Herauf and Eli Jung.
W-Herauf. L-Racette. HR-None.
Highlights: M, Jordan Peck 1 for 3, RBI; Trey Fortin 1 for 2, run; Owen Harms 1 for 3. D, Shawn Steffan 1 for 1, run, 2 RBI; Tanner Ouellette 1 for 2, run; Benson Kramer 1 for 2, run; Sam England 1 for 3; Mike Herauf 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 K, 2 BB.