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Roughriders win battle of emotions, top Miles City

Sometimes the best revenge is making the play of the game. Eli Jung was called out on a third strike on a pitch at his shoulders in the bottom of the second Saturday evening against Miles City (Mont.). In the bottom of the fourth, he grounded int...

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Dickinson’s Eli Jung delivers a pitch during the Roughriders’ game against Miles City (Mont.) Saturday at Southside Ballpark and Astoria Field.

Sometimes the best revenge is making the play of the game.

Eli Jung was called out on a third strike on a pitch at his shoulders in the bottom of the second Saturday evening against Miles City (Mont.). In the bottom of the fourth, he grounded into an inning-ending double play to the Outlaws’ second baseman.

He got his redemption in the top of the sixth when - after being lifted from the mound and placed in right field - Miles City’s Rylee Peterson singled through the right side. Jakob Kok, who had been on second, was rounding third. Jung scooped up the ball and fired to home plate where catcher Chase Ballard applied the tag, ending the inning and preserving a 4-4 tie.

In the bottom of the sixth, Benson Kramer delivered a one-out sacrifice fly to right field to plate what would be the winning run in a 5-4 victory at Southside Ballpark and Astoria Field, the Roughriders’ third win of the Jablonsky Tournament.

“The ball was hit hard, and it was hit right at me, so it gave me a good chance to get there,” Jung said of his throw. “My arm was a little tired, but it felt good on the release. … The throw sailed on me, and Chase made a really nice play to jump, grab it and come back down and tag him.”

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After Jung’s replacement on the mound, Michael McChesney, got an easy popup to start the top of the seventh inning, he allowed a walk and a single before recording the second out. Kok drew a walk to load the bases, and on a 1-2 pitch to Colton Derenburger, the home plate umpire ruled Derenburger’s swing at a pitch in front of the plate was fouled off instead of swinging strike three. The same call was made on the next pitch, extending the at-bat. Finally, McChesney induced a groundball to end the game.

Emotions ran high on both sides in part to what was deemed a floating strike zone and some chirping from the dugouts, and the seventh inning didn’t help matters. Nonetheless, the Roughriders (11-10) showed they were able to push emotions to the side and make the play that mattered.

“It got a little chippy, but it was nice to see us stay poised,” said Lucas Jones, who had a two-run home run in the first inning. “That says a lot about us, I think.”

Dickinson was staked to an early lead after Cam Jorda’s one-out double in the first inning scored two runs. Jones followed with his blast to left, carried out by a strong wind whipping across the field.

“I’ve hit the fence quite a few times,” Jones said, “so to see one go out was a big confidence booster. It’s always nice to jump on them early. If you get on teams early, sometimes they fold, sometimes they don’t, but it was a big boost for everyone in the dugout.”

Dickinson’s lead stood up until the third when the Outlaws got a leadoff double from Seb Morrow and a two-run home run from Peterson, that also went to left field because of the wind. Jace Notomn and Kok added RBI doubles in the frame as well, tying the game at 4 and setting up the sixth-inning rally.

Ballard earned a walk and McChesney was hit by a pitch with no outs. Tanner Ouellette sacrificed them over, and Kramer sliced a fly to right field. The inning ended when Jung sent the first pitch of his at-bat to deep center field before it was eventually caught. Still, the damage had been done.

Jones and Ouellette each finished with two hits and a run scored. McChesney earned the win after pitching the final two innings and allowing just one hit and two walks with three strikeouts. Jung struck out five and walked five with eight hits in five innings on the mound.

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“It was a big-game atmosphere against a good baseball team over there,” head coach Stephen Greenwood said. “It shows we have the ability to focus up, do the little things and make good pitches, sac flies, base hits when we need to.

Dickinson 5, Miles City 4

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Dylan Monroe and Rylee Peterson. Eli Jung, Michael McChesney and Chase Ballard.

W–McChesney. L–Peterson. HR–MC, Rylee Peterson. D, Lucas Jones.

Highlights: MC, Rylee Peterson 1 for 4, HR, 2 RBI, run; Jakob Kok 2 for 2, 2B, RBI; Seb Morrow 2 for 3, run; Jace Notomn 1 for 4, 2B, RBI, run. D, Lucas Jones 2 for 3, HR, 2 RBI, run; Cam Jorda 1 for 3, 2B, run, 2 RBI; Tanner Ouellette 2 for 3, run; Benson Kramer 1 for 2, RBI.

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