ABERDEEN, SD- The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs resumed what was supposed to be the first game in the series against the Hub City Hotshots. The Dogs came out strong and won 10-7.
The game started Thursday afternoon in the bottom of the third with the game tied 1-1. George Loxtercamp was the new pitcher for the Sabre Dogs and had himself a nice day. He went for four innings of relief, giving up four runs and striking out one batter. Cody Waters then came in for two innings of relief. He pitched two innings of scoreless work on Wednesday night, and in the first game of the doubleheader he gave up one run. Bradley Spooner, who is having an All-Star caliber season so far, came in and shut the door for the Sabre Dogs for the third time this season with a three strikeout ninth inning.
The scoring began for the Sabre Dogs in the fifth inning with three consecutive walks to load the bases. However, they were unable to get anything going with the next two hitters which set up bases loaded with two outs for Mason Dinesen who picked up the fourth walk of the inning to bring in the first run of the day. They wouldn’t be done there as Crews Taylor brought in two more runs with a double which was his first hit of the series. The Hotshots were able to respond with three runs of their own after the Dogs got one more in the sixth. With the score tied 5-5 in the top of the eighth inning, the offense decided to pour it on with a 3 RBI double from Hunter Holland that solidified the Dogs’ win.
In the second game, the Sabre Dogs were unable to get the series sweep as they lost to the Hotshots 12-8 Thursday night.
Things went south quickly for the Sabre Dogs as they allowed eight runs in the first inning. The Hotshots weren’t done yet as they got three more in the second inning to make it 11-0. The Dogs didn’t have the energy to come back as it took a lot to get the first win of the doubleheader.
On the bright side, the Sabre Dogs were able to save some of their bullpen arms. They instead went to infielder Chauncey Callier and catcher Justin Henle in relief. They both allowed some runs, but did good enough to get the Dogs into the weekend without getting embarrassed.
The Sabre Dogs fought to stay in the game and were successful. They were able to score three runs in the third inning with a 2 RBI double from Bo McClintock and an RBI double from Crews Taylor. In the seventh inning, Bo McClintock added on to his already solid day with a two-run home run to left field to get within four. Things were looking up for the Dogs, but the next batters were retired which ended the game.
The Sabre Dogs are back to .500 after winning 2-of-3 against the Hub City Hotshots on the road. Souris Valley is now 6-3 on the road and will attempt to improve their home record which is at 3-6. They play the Hotshots again Friday at Corbett Field with first pitch being at 7:05 p.m.