MINOT, ND- The Sabre Dogs won their third straight against the defending champ Western Nebraska Pioneers with a five-run effort in the bottom of the eighth to win 8-5 Sunday night.

It was another solid overall effort for the Dogs as they were able to rise to the level of competition. Zavian Caldwell started on the mound for the Sabre Dogs and went six innings with four strikeouts while allowing five runs which all came in the top of the second. Other than that inning, the right-hander from Miles College pitched well. The bullpen came out with their third consecutive great outing with Colton Bridges having his best outing of the year. He got the win Sunday night while allowing no runs, hits, or walks in two innings. Cody Waters then shut the door and got his first save of the year with a 1-2-3 top of the ninth.

The hitting for the Sabre Dogs was like a ramp. It started high at the start, dipped to the bottom in the middle, and came back up at the end. The Sabre Dogs led off the game with an RBI triple from Mason Dinesen in the bottom of the first, and got one more from an RBI groundout from Crews Taylor. After that, they were only able to get one more run in the third until their breakout inning in the bottom of the eighth. Crews Taylor started the scoring with an RBI single that brought home Phillip Childs. Then Chauncey Callier hit a double, and Josh Paino was intentionally walked to load the bases. This was when Nick Mistone had the play of his season with a 3 RBI double down the left field line to make it 8-5. The Sabre Dogs held on to their three-and-a-half game lead over the second-place Pierre Trappers.

The Sabre Dogs are off until the 18th when they will take on the Pioneers in Gering, NE. Monday night is Fan Fest, and Tuesday night is the 2019 Expedition League All Star Game. Fan Fest starts at 5:30 and the All-Star Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

Scott Kopacz

Scott Kopacz is the Digital Media Coordinator of the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs.

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