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Roughriders tally 12 extra-base hits in sweep of Chiefs

By pounding out 12 extra-base hits, and 25 total knocks, the Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team swept a conference doubleheader against Mandan on Tuesday.

Dickinson Roughriders outfielder Michael McChesney swings at a pitch against Mandan Tuesday night. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson Roughriders outfielder Michael McChesney swings at a pitch against Mandan Tuesday night. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

By pounding out 12 extra-base hits, and 25 total knocks, the Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team swept a conference doubleheader against Mandan on Tuesday.

The Roughriders, playing at home after splitting four games over the weekend in Omaha, Neb., against some of the best Legion teams they'll see this summer, took decisions of 13-10 and 7-2 against the Chiefs at Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.

"There was different pitching down there, and just situationally, we didn't hit that great in Omaha," Roughriders right fielder Eli Jung said. "So tonight with runners on base and less than two outs, or hitting with two outs, we hit the ball really well, and that's what led to those big innings and the big games for us offensively."

Jung helped his team's cause with three doubles in the first matchup. He scored three runs and drove in two more. Sam England, Cam Jorda, Shawn Steffan and Michael McChesney all had doubles in the first game, as well. McChesney also had a triple.

"Our sticks bailed our pitching out that first game. We had a lot of great at-bats," Roughriders head coach Stephen Greenwood said. "We put up 15 hits, and right now our sticks are really clicking."

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Dickinson (12-6) utilized four runs in the second inning and six in the third to build a 10-2 lead. That cushion would come in handy as the Chiefs put together six runs in the fifth inning to put some heat on the Roughriders.

Mandan cut the lead to 11-9 by the end of the fifth, but Dickinson added two insurance runs in the sixth - thanks to Jung's RBI double and Cody Maier's run-scoring single - to hold off the visitors.

Dickinson starting pitcher Treven Hopfauf allowed the first five batters of the fifth inning to reach base, and he left with the bases loaded. Maier relieved him on the mound and allowed four runs to score, though three of those were charged to Hopfauf.

Maier later allowed a run in the seventh, but otherwise the Chiefs were held off the board.

"I challenged the boys to step up on the mound a little better - be more in control and make every pitch count," Greenwood said.

Hopfauf was credited with the win after allowing eight hits for eight runs (four earned) with four walks and one strikeout in four innings. Maier earned the save for pitching the rest of the way, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

McChesney's first hit was a second-inning double to left field that missed being a home run by mere inches.

"I thought it was as home run. I thought I got my first and was pretty excited," he said. "It felt good off the bat all around all game. I felt good swinging the bat."

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He later scored on an error that tied the game 1-1, the Chiefs having taken the first lead on a Jackson Zittleman groundout in the first.

After McChesney scored, Jung hit his first double and later scored on Hopfauf's single. The Roughriders went ahead 4-1 after Hopfauf stole home and Tristen Brunk scored on an error.

After allowing a run in the top of the third, Dickinson piled it on in the bottom half, a sequence that started with McChesney's one-out triple. Five more runs followed to put the Roughriders well ahead for the time being.

In the nightcap, the Chiefs loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning against Jorda, and Mason Huntley's fielder's choice and Alex Horner's double gave Mandan a 2-0 lead.

Jorda settled down after that, though, allowing just three hits the rest of the way in his complete game. He struck out three and walked three in the win.

"He looked like the Cam when you know he's on, even in that first inning, but he just couldn't find his release point," Greenwood said. "It was a great job by him, being athletic and working through it and dominating after that."

The Roughriders got a run back in the bottom of the second as McChesney scored on Shawn Steffan's fielder's choice. Dickinson had loaded the bases with no outs but had to settle for one run.

"Credit to (Jaden) Andresen. He threw a great game for the most part and kept us off-balance and got some big outs when he needed to," Greenwood said.

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Brunk, who had two doubles in the second game, scored on Tanner Ouellette's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, tying the contest. Dickinson took the lead for good four batters later on England's two-run single to right that scored Jorda and Lucas Jones.

"If you go down early, you still have plenty of game left," McChesney said. "We stuck with it, kept chipping away. We had some hard-hit balls that weren't landing and then in the later innings we had some hard hits that were landing and we had a few bloopers that were going our way, and we just kept plugging away."

Dickinson 13, Mandan 10

M 011 160 1 - 10 10 3

D 046 102 X - 13 15 2

M: Mason Huntley (3.0), Evan Arenz (3.0) and Jackson Zittleman. D: Treven Hopfauf (4.0),
Cody Maier (3.0) and Tristen Brunk.

W-Hopfauf. L-Huntley. HR-None.

Highlights: M, Cameron Steckler 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI; Alex Horner 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI; Mason Huntley
3-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 3 IP, 9 H, 10 R (7 ER), 1 BB, 2 K; Jaden Andresen 1-3, 1
R, 1 RBI; Jackson Zittleman 1-2, 1 RBI; Ian Longtin 2 R, 1 RBI. D, Eli Jung
3-3, 3 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI; Michael McChesney 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 R; Sam England 2-4, 2B,
2 R, 1 RBI; Cam Jorda 1-3, 2B, 1 R; Shawn Steffan 1-3, 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI; Tristen
Brunk 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI; Tanner Ouellette 1-4; Cody Maier 1-1, 1 RBI; Treven Hopfauf
2-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 4 IP, 8 H, 8 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 1 K.

Dickinson 7, Mandan 2

M 200 000 0 - 2 5 0

D 010 033 X - 7 10 1

M: Jaden Andresen (5.2), Alex Horner (0.1) and Mason Huntley. D: Cam Jorda (7.0) and Tristen Brunk.

W-Jorda. L-Andresen. HR-None.

Highlights: M, Alex Horner 1-2, 2B, 1 RBI; Quinn Halstengard 1-3, 2B; Evan Arenz 1-3, 1 R; Jaden Andresen 2-4, 1 R, 5 2/3 IP, 10 H, 7 R (7 ER), 4 K, 4 BB. D, Sam England 2-2, 2 RBI; Tristen Brunk 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R; Ethan Dietz 2-3, 1 R; Shawn Steffan 1-3, 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI; Eli Jung 1-3; Tanner Ouellette 1-2, 1 RBI; Lucas Jones 1 R; Michael McChesney 1 R; Cam Jorda 1-3, 2B, 1 R, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 K, 3 BB.

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Dickinson Roughriders outfielder Shawn Steffan hits a double against Mandan on Tuesday at Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

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