Brandon, MT – It took three and a half hours and eleven innings, but the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs got their second straight win against the Wheat City Whiskey Jacks Wednesday night.
The win was showcased by the 11th inning game-winning two RBI double by Sabre Dogs centerfielder Wilson Roubion. However, there were many key plays in the game that made this a total team effort.
For starters, Mason Dinesen, the starting shortstop, ended up just a home run away from completing the cycle with a triple in the top of the third.
In the 11th, Hunter Holland started as the runner for the Sabre Dogs and Sam Powers bunted him over to third. Tyler Courtney, the second baseman, proceeded to walk and steal second which set up Roubion’s game winning double.
Despite Roubion’s heroics, the MVP of the night has to go to Nate Brenzer-Mendoza, the right-handed reliever. He got the win and went seven innings in which he was able to strike out nine batters while only allowing three hits and not allowing any walks or earned runs.
“I would say my success was attributed to attacking early in the count and being able to command my slider and have my changeup working well,” said Brenzer-Mendoza. “I definitely need to take a lot of positives from this outing, but there were still some negatives.”
The positives definitely outweighed the negatives for Brenzer-Mendoza on Wednesday night. Having performances like that out of the bullpen will make things a lot easier for this Sabre Dogs squad. The Sabre Dogs will go for the sweep Thursday night at Andrews Field in Brandon, Manitoba with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.