Brandon, MT – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs are in the win column for the first time of the season after an up-and-down 12-8 victory.
A change of scenery might have been just what the Sabre Dogs needed to get their bats going as they racked up eleven hits after having just six in their first two games. They had a total of eight runs in the first inning, but only two hits which were both by Crews Taylor, the starting right fielder. How was this possible? Well, by a lot of walks, hit by pitches, errors, and a grand slam by Taylor.
The opposing starting pitcher, Kolin Marley, was yanked after 0.2 innings as he gave up seven earned runs and four walks. From there, runs became further apart for the Sabre Dogs. The Wheat City Whiskey Jacks crawled their way back into the game with seven runs from the second through the fifth inning.
The Whiskey Jacks pulled within three runs in the fifth, and the momentum was heavily in their favor. Just when everyone in Andrews Field thought they were going to come all the way back, Chauncey Callier crushed all hope of the Whiskey Jacks by going deep in the top of the sixth to make it 12-7. The Whiskey Jacks were only able to score one more run for the rest of the game and Jace Mapston, a left-handed reliever, pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts to end the game.
Corey Thompson, head coach of the Sabre Dogs said, “I’m proud of the way our offense came back today. We were really needing a game like this to get us in the right place.” The Sabre Dogs play Wednesday at Andrews Field in Brandon, Manitoba at 7:05 p.m. Matt Houlihan will be the starting pitcher for the second game of this three-game series.