MINOT, ND- The Sabre Dogs get their first series win since May 29th as they beat the Fremont Moo Sunday night 5-3.
After a rough game Saturday night, the Sabre Dogs got a much-needed win with Matt Houlihan pitching a gem. During his third start, he was able to last seven innings while allowing just three walks, six hits, and two earned runs with four strikeouts. Houlihan deservedly got the win and improves his season record to 2-0.
After the Sabre Dogs needed a season-high five pitchers to complete 27 outs yesterday, they only needed two Sunday night as Jace Mapston came in for Houlihan. Mapston continued his dominance and pitched a brilliant final two innings allowing just one hit, no walks, no runs, and striking out two hitters.
As for the hitting, the Dogs started hot against Fremont’s starter Jadarian Mays. He allowed five earned runs and struck out zero batters in three innings. That would be all the Sabre Dogs would get, but that’s all they would need.
It started in the first with a solo shot by shortstop Mason Dinesen. After that Crews Taylor scored thanks to an RBI groundout by Drew Pollum. In the second, Wilson Roubion got his fourth RBI of the season with a single that brought in Austin Rayno. Then in the third, Austin Rayno got a 2-RBI single to bring in Justin Henle and Drew Pollum.
If the Sabre Dogs can maintain consistency on the mound, they will have a chance to win a lot of games even without the offense clicking on all cylinders. That is what was proved during Sunday’s win. The Sabre Dogs have a great bullpen with talented arms. If they can get to the seventh, eighth, or ninth inning with a lead, they won’t have any problems closing out games with Spooner, Mapston, and others on the bump.
The Sabre Dogs are now 7-8 on the young season, and will head to Aberdeen, SD for a three-game series against the second place Hub City Hotshots. First pitch Tuesday is at 6:35 p.m.