MINOT, ND – The Sabre Dogs are now 0-2 after losing on Memorial Day to the Hub City Hotshots with the final score of 10-2.
The Sabre Dogs offensive woes continued as they were unable to score a run in eight of their nine innings, and were no-hit in the final six. However, there is a silver lining with this being a long season and the Sabre Dogs players getting used to hitting with wooden bats.
Hunter Holland, the designated hitter, went deep in the second inning, bringing home Austin Rayno, the Sabre Dogs’ third baseman, who had three steals on Monday.
Despite a rough start, the Sabre Dogs pitching was quite solid after the third inning. They held the Hotshots to just two runs in the final six innings and just three hits. Matt Sartwell, the right-handed pitcher from Minot State University, went for 3.2 innings and struck out three while allowing just one hit, two earned runs, and two walks.
“Overall I felt pretty good and pretty composed,” said Sartwell. “My breaking ball was there, but I lost some velocity on the fastball because I haven’t had that long of an outing in a long time so I got to get used to that a little bit.”
As for the rest of the bullpen, Heath Backhus, the left-hander from Paris Junior College, followed Sartwell with 1.1 shutout innings while striking out three. Matt Houlihan, a 6-foot-4-inch pitcher from Montana, came in the ninth to finish things off with one strikeout and no earned runs.
The Sabre Dogs are on the road for the next six days with a three-game series in Canada against the Wheat City Whiskey Jacks and finish with a three-game series in Dickinson, ND against the Badlands Big Sticks. The Sabre Dogs play home next on June 3rd.