Thrilling finish caps off doubleheader sweep for Dickinson
The second game ended in a walk-off victory for the Roughriders.
Neither Fargo nor Dickinson were able to generate any offense in game two of the conference doubleheader Thursday night.
But someone had to emerge victorious.
It took a long time to get there, but the Roughriders claimed a 1-0 victory in the bottom of the tenth inning in thrilling fashion to take both games against the Stars.
Riley O’Donnell was hit by a pitch in the tenth to become the lead runner for Dickinson. Aiden Haich would then reach second base on an error, a bad throw to first base as O’Donnell represented the winning run at third with no outs.
Fargo intentionally walked the next batter to load the bases to have the force out opportunity at home plate.
Nick Deschamp stepped up to the plate, looking to score the winning runs but struckout.
Kaden Krieg was next and laid down a bunt as O’Donnell charged home and beat the throw to the plate to walk it off. It was a perfectly executed suicide squeeze play.
Dickinson tried the squeeze play in the inning before as they had another loaded bases opportunity, but Jace Kovash couldn’t lay down the bunt. The inning ended after Krieg couldn’t tag up in time on a fly ball to right field.
It’s fair to say he redeemed himself once he delivered the game-winning RBI.
In a classic pitchers duel, there were six hits between the two sides as baserunners came at a premium. Starting pitchers Isaac Daley went three and ⅔ innings before being relieved by Troy Berg, who came into the game with the bases loaded and calmly shut down the Stars.
“Daley was phenomenal and Troy absolutely duded up those last innings,” head coach Tyler Frenzel said. “He was locked in and kept them at zero and we finally scratched one across.”
Berg pitched the final six and a third innings with six strikeouts. Fargo was being no-hit going into the sixth, but laid down a bunt to break their dry spell at the plate.
“I told these guys early in the game one or two runs is probably going to win this game,” Frenzel said. “You could tell by the flow of the game.”
The first game was a more comfortable win for the Roughriders, a 9-3 victory. They would fall behind 3-0 in the first inning but would keep the Stars off the scoreboard for the rest of the game.
After giving up the early lead, Carson Weiler remained strong and pitched all seven innings, dishing out four strikeouts.
“We came back with four runs so it was nice to give him help,” Frenzel said. “He went to work on them, settled in. In the first inning we had walks and errors and it killed us.”
Four runs in the second and five runs in the third were all the runs necessary for the win. Jadon Bast had a team-high three hits while Weiler had three RBI. Deschamp showcased his plate discipline by drawing three walks.
The Roughriders will have some time to catch their breath over the holiday weekend as their next game comes up Tuesday on the road against Fargo Post 2.