MINOT, ND- The Dogs are hot! The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs get their fifth win in six days as they beat the Hub City Hotshots 3-2.
It was the fewest runs the Sabre Dogs got and still had the final score in their favor as the Sabre Dogs get back-to-back great efforts from their starting pitchers.
It was Hunter Roubidoux’s turn to start for the Dogs, and he took full advantage. He doubled his season innings total on Saturday night with seven innings. It wasn’t as sexy as Spooner’s outing Friday night, but he was able to get out of jams and wouldn’t allow the Hotshots to get into scoring position often. The only way the Hotshots were able to score was by the long ball as Hub City had a pair of solo shots. Roubidoux allowed three walks, five hits, and two earned runs, and struck out four.
Relief pitching continued to be a bright spot for the team as Chase Grillo made his Sabre Dogs debut. The sophomore from Spokane Falls Community College went one inning and allowed a hit and a walk, but didn’t allow any runs.
Jace Mapston got his third save of the year in one of his most impressive outings to date. He came in with his red sleeve on his left arm and wore his red cleats per usual, but there was nothing ordinary about the way he pitched. He came in and took no prisoners as he struck out two of the three batters he faced.
“It’s good to come in during the late innings,” said Mapston. “You don’t have to worry about filling guys in early if the starter starts to struggle. I feel really good. It always feels good to come in and shut the door late in the game.”
As for the offense, Chauncey Callier continued his MVP-caliber season with three more hits in his four at bats. He had a two-run home run in the bottom of the third and was a triple shy of the cycle. The third and final run for the Sabre Dogs came in the bottom of the fifth when Callier scored on a Hotshots error.
When Callier was asked about the improvements of the team’s hitting, he said, “We finally got some key pieces that we were missing into the lineup. The road trip really helped us out to become closer as a team, and that’s a big part of it.”
The Sabre Dogs will go for the sweep Sunday night. First pitch is at 5:35 p.m.