MINOT, ND- After two nearly perfect games on Friday and Saturday, the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs were humbled with an offensive barrage by the Hub City Hotshots. The Sabre Dogs allowed the most runs in a game this season as they gave up 16 to the Hotshots with 14 of those runs coming in the fifth and sixth innings.
Matt Houlihan started once again for the Sabre Dogs and pitched really well in the first four innings not allowing a single hit and just one walk holding on to a 5-0 lead. He then allowed six runs, but only two of them were earned. The Sabre Dogs’ defense, which has regularly been the team’s bread and butter, struggled as they committed a season high four errors. From there, it was difficult for the Sabre Dogs to mentally get back in the game on any side of the ball.
The offense started the game with three runs in the second inning, one in the third, and another in the fourth. At this point, things were looking good for the Sabre Dogs’ offense. However, the runs were not because of multiple base hits. Instead, they were able to reach on errors, walks, and hit by pitches. The Sabre Dogs were only able to get six hits which is a step back for the team. They had eight runs in the previous two games, but the pitching had been lights out, and on Sunday, that was not the case. The Sabre Dogs will attempt to regroup with four straight games against the Wheat City Whiskey Jacks who have lost nine games in a row. First pitch on Monday at Corbett Field will be at 7:05 p.m. The remainder of the series, starting on Tuesday, will be in Brandon, Manitoba.