Jul. 19—It was just one of those days at the ballpark for the Dickinson Roughriders on Saturday in Minot where they couldn't get anything going, offensively or defensively, as their season winds down into the final weeks.
Runs were hard to come by for the Roughriders as they failed to score a single run over the course of both games as they lost each contest 10-0, with the ten-run rule going into effect both times after five innings.
Dickinson had just six hits combined between the two games as the Vistas attacked the Roughriders early and often.
In game one, Minot scored in four of the five innings as they quickly established their offense. Two runs in the first inning and one run in the third had the Vistas up 3-0. Seven more runs across the fourth and fifth innings gave Minot a 10-0 lead and the victory.
The final score of the game came off the bat of Minot's Hunter Ruzicka, who threw his bat at a Landon Olson pitch and poked the ball over the right field wall for an opposite field solo home run.
Game two featured a similar path to victory for the Vistas. They built up an early lead, scored in four of the five innings, and didn't let the Roughriders sniff the scoreboard.
Dickinson pitchers Carson Weiler, Kaeden Krieg and Troy Berg struggled to keep Minot in check as the Roughriders couldn't improve in any way from their game one performance.
It was a scoreline the Roughriders had been a part of two previous times this summer, both losses, once to Mandan on June 22 and the other to Fargo Post 2 on July 6. It was the seventh and eighth time Dickinson has been shutout this season.
This matchup had multiple seeding implications in play for the upcoming Class AA Legion baseball state tournament in Mandan starting on July 29.
With the losses, Dickinson falls to the six seed for the tournament. If they would've won both of these games along with their matchup with West Fargo on Thursday, the Roughriders would've been in line for the fifth seed.
Minot clinched the three seed with the sweep of Dickinson.
Overall the Roughriders 12-14-1 on the season, which includes non-conference and tournament games, as well as the tie against Billings earlier this summer.
Dickinson will be back in action Monday night against the Mandan Chiefs in Mandan.