DICKINSON, ND– The Sabre Dogs were unable to get their fourth win in a row as they fell short to the Badlands Big Sticks 5-1 on Friday night.
Zavian Caldwell was the starting pitcher for the Sabre Dogs and had a solid outing. He went 6.1 innings with three strikeouts while allowing nine hits, two walks, and four earned runs. This was Caldwell’s first start since opening night on Saturday in which he allowed just one run in six innings. Although statistically he wasn’t as dominant, he has remained consistent in not allowing a lot of runs and escaping jams. In the first inning he was able to escape unscathed with runners on first and second with only one out. In the third inning, he had runners on second and third with one out and only gave up one run. This trend, unfortunately, came to an end when the Big Sticks left fielder Conner Van Cleave hit a two-run homer off Caldwell in the fifth. Van Cleave wouldn’t be done, as he hit another home run on Sabre Dogs left-handed reliever Riley Wood. Wood’s first outing was solid besides that one slip up as he went on to strike out three batters in 1.2 innings.
Not much went right for the Sabre Dogs offense as Badlands pitcher Mason Schwellenback mowed down everyone he faced. No Sabre Dogs hitter had more than one hit, and all but two batters struck out. The Sabre Dogs only run came on an RBI single flared into left field by Sam Powers in which Chauncey Callier flew around bases and reached home safely from second.
The Sabre Dogs will try to rebound Saturday in attempt to tie the series 1-1. First pitch is at 7:35 p.m.