Dickinson emerge victorious over Billings

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Jul. 1—Fresh off a 5-5 draw against Billings Post 406 the night before, the Roughriders were back in action Wednesday afternoon for another matchup with the Montana side.

After struggling to score runs with runners in scoring position Tuesday night, the runs came easier this time around as they won both games to take two out of three games over the Flyers.

Dickinson scored in all but one inning as they cruised to a 11-5 victory in game one. Nathaniel Jilek pitched five innings and gave up one run.

"We got runners on and took advantage of them," head coach Tyler Frenzel said. "We stole some bases and put the ball in play and did some good things."

The 11 runs in game one was easily the most scored by the Roughriders this season, with the previous season high at five, which they have done on three separate occasions.

Game two was more about the pitching from Jadon Bast who pitched a great game, going seven innings with ten strikeouts, leading the charge for an 8-0 victory.

"He threw an incredible game," Frenzel said. "He keeps getting better every time he pitches. He's a young sophomore and we're going to keep throwing him out there as he gets better. We'll keep building off of him and off of his starts and hopefully at the end of the year he's still improving."

One of the stats that stood out to Frenzel were the 18 first-pitch strikes he threw. Getting ahead in the count early can put pressure on the batter and force them to chase pitches as they try to avoid the strikeout.

Bast also avoided giving up free baserunners as he issued no walks.

Dickinson scored in each of the first four innings as they built up their eight-run lead. Kaden Krieg led the way with three RBI, Bast chipped in two and Isaac Daley had an RBI-single which opened the scoring in the first.

The other two runs came courtesy of some head-up baserunning as Billings committed five errors in the game and saw the Roughriders take advantage of them more often than not.

Next up for the Roughriders will be a conference doubleheader with Fargo Post 400 Thursday night in Dickinson. First pitch will be at 5:30 p.m.

"Fargo is tough," Frenzel said. "We have to come out and be ready to go. It's a big game for us, every conference game is."

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