Roughriders win doubleheader despite rain delays
During the game's first delay, Tanner Ouellette just had an inkling that Eli Jung would hit a home run. Jung then went out and proved his pitcher prophetic."Tanner was telling me he had a feeling I was going to hit one," Jung said. "He called my ...
During the game’s first delay, Tanner Ouellette just had an inkling that Eli Jung would hit a home run.
Jung then went out and proved his pitcher prophetic.
“Tanner was telling me he had a feeling I was going to hit one,” Jung said. “He called my shot I guess.”
After Jamestown Post 14 (2-8, 1-5 State) had snuck back into the game to only trail 5-4, Jung’s two-run blast to right field provided the insurance runs in a 7-4 Roughriders win in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday at Southside Ballpark and Astoria Field. Dickinson also won the second game 13-3 in six innings.
The Roughriders (6-9, 3-4), playing their first games at home since the resignation of head coach Cory Hansen last week, built a 3-0 lead in the first inning following an RBI double from Michael McChesney, a sacrifice fly from Cam Jorda and a run-scoring single from Sam England.
The Roughriders’ lead grew to 5-0 in the second inning after McChesney doubled in another run and Jorda drove him in after reaching on an error.
Jamestown got a run back in the top of the third thanks to an RBI single from Tanner Lunzman.
The game was delayed due to lightning for about a half hour in the bottom of the fourth. Ouellette appeared shaky following the break, allowing a walk and back-to-back singles with one out after returning to the mound in the top of the fifth. Chris Erickson scored on a passed ball, and Tommy Falla knocked in a pair of runs with a double to get Jamestown within a run at 5-4.
Jung’s home run gave the Roughriders a little more breathing room prior to a shorter delay of about 15 minutes due to heavy rain.
“I had seen him hitting the ball lately, he’s been working hard,” Ouellette said, “and I think he was due for a home run. He’s been hitting it well lately, and that was his time.”
Ouellette settled down after that to only allow two more to reach base the rest of the game and pick up the win. He allowed four runs on eight hits in the game, and he struck out four with three walks.
“It’s definitely hard to come back in and throw (after a delay),” Ouellette said. “You warm up and you throw five innings and your arm is hot and then it cools down. After that, I think I adjusted pretty quickly and felt pretty good.”
After Jamestown scored in the first inning of the nightcap, Dickinson again scored in the bottom half, getting a bases-loaded walk to England and a sacrifice fly from Jung to take a 2-1 lead. Jamestown added single runs in the third and fourth to retake the lead, but Dickinson answered in the bottom of the fifth with five runs.
England floated a two-run single into shallow right to score Ouellette and Benson Kramer to go ahead 4-3, and Jung followed with a single through the left side to score McChesney. Mike Herauf added an RBI groundout, and Jung later scored on a wild pitch for a 7-3 advantage.
“When we come back in the dugout, we always say, ‘If they punch us, we punch back,’” interim coach Stephen Greenwood said. “Just always try to put the pressure on the defense. A baseball game goes up and down, so we tried to scrap something out.”
The bottom of the six saw eight more Roughriders come to the plate, and they combined to score six more runs to end the game early. Thanks to some heads-up baserunning, Brock Messer scored from second on an infield hit by Herauf to plate the winning run.
“All the team was hitting well today, and that’s what we needed because we had been pretty down with everything that’s been going on,” Ouellette said. “Both games definitely gave us some confidence heading into (today’s) games and this weekend’s tournament.”
England went 1 for 2 with three RBI in the second game, and Jung added two more hits and three RBI as well. McChesney went 3 for 4 with a triple and an RBI.
Jorda picked up the win in the second game after allowing just three runs (two earned) in six hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
The wins came at a much-needed juncture in the season as the Roughriders get more accustomed to playing under the leadership of Greenwood and assistant James Kary.
“It was a little uncomfortable,” Jung said of Hansen’s abrupt resignation. “It was an odd situation to be in for something like that. The week in Omaha kind of helped us get used to how things are going to be now.”
Greenwood added: “This team performs best being loose and having a little fun. We still have structure here, but being loose, they know they can perform. They still want to win, they still want to play baseball the right way. We have a new direction right now, and we’re a family sticking together and looking to win some baseball games.”
The Roughriders host Minot for a doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m. today.
Dickinson 7, Jamestown 4
J 001 030 0 - 4 8 3
D 320 020 0 - 7 10 1
Hunter Beckman, Oscar Weber and Ben Freibel. Tanner Ouellette and Chase Ballard.
W–Ouellette. L–Beckman. HR–D, Eli Jung.
Highlights: J, Tanner Lunzman 3 for 4, RBI, run; Tommy Falla 1 for 2, 2B, 2 RBI. D, Eli Jung 2 for 2, HR, 2 RBI, run; Michael McChesney 2 for 2, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Sam England 1 for 2, RBI; Cam Jorda RBI; Tanner Ouellette 1 for 3, run, 7 IP, 8 H, 4 R (4 ER), 4 K, 3 BB.
Dickinson 13, Jamestown 3
J 101 100 - 3 6 0
D 200 056 - 13 9 2
Nolan Kratz, Oscar Weber and Tommy Falla. Cam Jorda and Eli Jung.
W–Jorda. L–Kratz. HR–none.
Highlights: J, Tanner Lunzman 2 for 3, run; Oscar Weber 2 for 3, run. D, Michael McChesney 3 for 4, 3B, RBI, 3 runs; Sam England 1 for 2, 3 RBI, 2 runs; Eli Jung 2 for 2, 3 RBI, 2 runs; Mike Herauf 1 for 4, 2 RBI.