MINOT, ND- The Sabre Dogs lose their second straight game at home on Wednesday night 5-1 to the Badlands Big Sticks.

Déjà vu! Just like Tuesday night, the Sabre Dogs scored very few runs going into the fourth inning until their opponent made it rain with four runs in the fifth. However, this time the Sabre Dogs’ ninth inning rally wasn’t even able to manifest as the Big Sticks were able to get the first two outs in the bottom of the ninth in two pitches. The Big Sticks were able to close the game out sending the Sabre Dogs’ record below .500.

Cody Waters made his first start on the mound as a Sabre Dog and was solid through the first four innings allowing just one run, one walk, and three hits. It wasn’t until the fifth that things got tough for the senior from the University of Mobile. He allowed four hits and four runs to Big Sticks hitters and that was more than enough to win the game.

Jace Mapston, once again, came in for a solid relief effort. He pitched the remaining four innings and didn’t allow a run and only gave up one hit and four walks with strikeouts. However, things weren’t smooth right out of the gate. His first pitch was a hit-by-pitch which was then followed by three straight balls. Head coach Corey Thompson then made a mound visit and gave him some advice that seemed to work. He grinded out the rest of his outing and dominated despite the lack of run support.

“[Thompson] basically told me I was being timid, and I can’t pitch timid,” said Mapston. “I’m not that kind of guy. Having an outing like that is an absolute confidence-booster. I threw well. Even though we couldn’t win, it was still good for me mentally.”

Only four Sabre Dogs were able to get a hit Wednesday and one of those was right-fielder Crews Taylor who went 1-for-3. He has played well and made clutch hits, but the runs aren’t stacking up for the team. Taylor is staying optimistic about the team’s future.

“We are doing alright, we are swinging it well,” said Taylor. “The barrel and the balls are up; we are just hitting right at their fielders. We just have to come out and jump on them early. The games don’t wait until the final innings.”

The Sabre Dogs also have fresh faces amongst their position players as Phillip Childs from the University of Texas Arlington made his first start as a Souris Valley Sabre Dog in left field. Although he wasn’t able to get a hit, he reached safely twice Wednesday with a walk and a fielder’s choice.

When asked about his first impressions of the team,” Childs said, “I love it. The comradery of the team is very welcoming, and I love all the kids coming out and showing us all love, so hopefully it’s packed tomorrow.”

The Sabre Dogs will attempt to avoid a two-game sweep on Thursday night against the Badlands Big Sticks. Wednesday’s loss puts them three games back of first place in the Lewis Division. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

BBS        0 0 0  1 4 0  0 0 0 – 5

SVS        0 1 0  0 0 0  0 0 0 – 1

WP – T. Chipman (2-1), LP C. Waters (0-1)

PTR: B. Olson – 2-4, 2 R, RBI; M. Schwellenbach – 1-4, 2B, R;

SVS: A. Rayno – 2-3; S. Powers – 0-4, RBI

Scott Kopacz

Scott Kopacz is the Digital Media Coordinator of the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs.

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