GERING, NE- The Sabre Dogs were able to score five runs in the top of the ninth, but fell one run short against the reigning champion Western Nebraska Pioneers, 6-5.
It looked like the Sabre Dogs were going to be shut out for the first time this season as they trailed 6-0 going into the top of the ninth. However, the Sabre Dogs offense all of a sudden kicked into high gear. Crews Taylor led off with a double and Chauncey Callier got one as well to bring Taylor home for the first run. Bo McClintock then went deep over the left field wall for a two-run bomb to make it 6-3. With the bases cleared, Nick Mistone got a single, and Drew Pollum reached on a walk. Both runners were able to advance on a wild pitch, which led to back-to-back RBI groundouts by Sam Powers and Wilson Roubion. With the score 6-5, Phillip Childs then reached on an error with two outs, but, unfortunately, Josh Paino proceeded to ground out to end the game.
There were no runs and three hits combined after the top of the sixth inning. It was the epitome of a pitcher’s duel until the Pioneers were able to get on the board with three runs against Marcelo Terrazas. He finished the game with six innings, three strikeouts, two walks, and six hits.
Game three will be Saturday at 7:35 p.m.