MINOT, ND – The Sabre Dogs drop to 0-1 after losing their season home opener against the Wheat City Whiskey Jacks Friday night.
The Sabre Dogs struggled getting runs in the first five innings thanks to Whiskey Jack pitcher Sam Larson. Larson, who attends Minot State University and plays at Corbett Field regularly, felt right at home despite being on the road. He had a nearly perfect effort until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Sabre Dogs racked up four runs to take a 4-1 lead. This was thanks to errors and a wild pitch that, ultimately, ended Larson’s night.
The Sabre Dogs pitching was led by the right-handed phenom, Zavian Caldwell. Caldwell, unlike Larson, started a little slow, giving up a run in the top of the first. That would be all the damage done as he would strike out six and only allow one earned run.
“It’s just the first game,” Caldwell said. “I think everyone is just trying to get their jitters. I know I was.”
The bullpen then took over and struggled to keep the Whiskey Jacks off the base paths as right-handed reliever Nate Brenzer-Mendoza, after pitching a perfect sixth inning, gave up three earned runs in the seventh, including a three-run homer by Whiskey Jack catcher Dawson Forcella. The Sabre Dogs then gave up two more runs in the top of the eight and the Sabre Dogs were unable to climb out of the hole.
Despite the lack of hitting for the team as a whole, Sabre Dogs right fielder Wilson Roubion was able to get two hits. Roubion was the only Sabre Dog with a multi-hit game. You would never know he has never hit a wooden bat before.
“I was kind of nervous getting that first hit,” Roubion said. “I was just trying to contribute and start a rally in the sixth so that helped a lot.”
The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs will play next on Monday against the Hub City Hotshots at 7:05 p.m. Be sure to not miss the magnet schedule giveaway for the first 500 attendance!