MINOT, ND- The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs are winners once again as they defeat the Hub City Hotshots 5-0 Friday night.
This was one of the best games the Dogs have played this season from top to bottom. Everything was working which is a great sign with almost all of the Sabre Dogs having arrived in Minot.
Bradley Spooner made his first start on the mound and continued to dominate, but this time it was in longer form. Spooner, who usually takes on the closer role for the Sabre Dogs, was able to go six innings which is the longest he has gone this year. He struck out six batters including one stretch where he fanned four in a row. He didn’t allow any runs, gave up just one hit, and one walk.
Nate Brenzer-Mendoza pitched in relief after a four-batter outing Wednesday in which he struck out every hitter. He transferred his brilliance to Friday night’s game and went three innings giving up one walk, one hit, and no runs.
The hitting mostly came from the top of the order with Phillip Childs starting things off with a double in the third inning and was brought home by Mason Dinesen. Dinesen then scored after Crews Taylor reached safely via an error. The sixth inning brought two more runs for the Sabre Dogs thanks to back-to-back solo shots by Chauncey Callier (3) and Crews Taylor (3). They were able to get an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth with a Chauncey Callier RBI single. The Sabre Dogs and Hotshots will play game two of the series tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. weather permitting.