MINOT, ND- The Sabre Dogs won 6-5 against the Wheat City Whiskey Jacks in eleven innings and snapped a three-game losing streak.
Tuesday’s finish was a thriller. It was the third time the Sabre Dogs played in extras and they have come out victorious every time. The game had everything from great defensive plays, to clutch hitting, to great pitching.
The Sabre Dogs got out to a quick start and led off with a double from center fielder Luke Quick. He was then brought home on an RBI single by Chauncey Callier. After the first run, the offense briefly went stagnant and didn’t score a run until the fourth when Quick had an RBI single of his own. The Dogs found themselves down 5-2 going into the bottom of the sixth, desperately needing an offensive spark. Crews Taylor was up to the task, and went yard to pull the Sabre Dogs within two. Chauncey Callier then helped with a double. With still nobody out, Bo McClintock hit a bomb to left field to tie the game.
This is when the game turned into a pitching duel. The Sabre Dogs trusted Matt Sartwell and Chase Grillo with relief duties and they both delivered to the fullest extent. Sartwell, a Minot State pitcher, felt right at home and delivered his best outing yet. He went three innings and the only mistake he made was the first batter he faced, when he gave up a solo home run. After that, he went beast mode and
struck out five of the next nine batters he faced and shut down all of them.
As for Grillo, he pitched the ninth, tenth, and eleventh innings. He didn’t allow a single walk, hit, or run and struck out four batters. With the automatic runner advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt, and the runner on first advanced on a free steal, there were runners on second and third with one out. Chase Grillo turned on the juice and struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
In the bottom of the eleventh, pinch hitter Jase Edwards started on second base for the Sabre Dogs. Tyler Courtney reached first on an error, and Alex Hay got on via intentional walk to load the bases with no outs. Luke Quick came to the plate once again and delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly to shallow left-center field that was deep enough to bring Edwards home to win the game.
The Sabre Dogs will square off against the Whiskey Jacks again Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.