MINOT, ND- The Sabre Dogs lost with a final score of 6-5 after one of the most entertaining games of the season. Unfortunately, the Sabre Dogs found themselves on the losing side of the scoreboard.
The Sabre Dogs were coming off a seven-run ninth inning comeback against the Hotshots, and were able to carry some momentum from that win to Thursday’s game. However, it still wasn’t enough to knock off the reigning champs. The Sabre Dogs have now lost three of their last five games.
Matt Houlihan, a right-handed pitcher from Montana State Billings University, made his final start as a Sabre Dog, and left it all on the field. His outing was cut short after a delay for an injured umpire. He finished with six and two-thirds innings, five hits, one earned run, and no walks. Unfortunately, a couple of crucial early-inning errors were converted into Pioneers runs that ended up costing them. Chase Grillo gave up a run in the top of the seventh, but was able to get out of a jam with runners on second and third with no outs with three consecutive strikeouts.
The Sabre Dogs tried for more late-game heroics, but fell short by a run. The offense didn’t get their second hit until the sixth inning. It was a double from Mason Dinesen which started a Sabre Dogs run. They scored three in that inning with a two RBI triple from Chauncey Callier and an RBI single from Alex Hay to make it 4-3. The Sabre Dogs weren’t done as they got two more runs in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI double from Phillip Childs and an RBI single from Mason Dinesen. The Dogs then gave up one more run in the top of the ninth, and were unable to answer. The Sabre Dogs will look to even up the series Friday at 7:05 p.m.