MINOT, ND- The Sabre Dogs won their second straight game against the defending champ Western Nebraska Pioneers with a 5-2 win Saturday night.
Getting any runs against the league’s best pitching staff is always tough, but the Dogs have hit well in this series. They have scored at least four runs in all three of their games so far. On Saturday night, Josh Paino was the man of the hour for the Sabre Dogs’ offense with three RBI. He had a sac-fly in the fourth inning, and a 2 RBI single in the sixth. Paino finished the day 1-for-3 with a run.
As for the pitching, they were able to fend off the second-best hitting team in the league with great efforts from four different pitchers. Like last night, the Dogs went six innings with their starter, and then three different pitchers for the final three innings. Tonight, it was Nathaniel Brenzer-Mendoza who got the start, and did he ever deliver. He went six innings with six Ks, two walks, just one hit, and an earned run. Cody Waters came out in the seventh and pitched well with just one walk and no hits and a strikeout. Caden Kaelber made his second straight appearance and allowed a run, but got out of a jam with runners on second and third with no outs. Jace Mapston also pitched for a second straight night and got the save with two strikeouts giving him his fifth save which is the second-best in the league. The Sabre Dogs will go for the series win Sunday night with first pitch at 5:35 p.m.