Brandon, MT – Sabre Dogs are on their first winning streak of the 2019 season after completing a three-game series sweep with a 7-2 win over the Wheat City Whiskey Jacks Thursday night.
What was even more impressive than the team’s overall effort Thursday, was the fact that they played with just eight total position players. With Mason Dinesen and Nick Pierce hurt, Austin Rayno had to play shortstop for the first time this season. Other adjustments included moving Chauncey Callier to play third base, Crews Taylor to center field, and Wilson Roubion to right field.
Jace Mapston got the start for the Sabre Dogs which resulted in a solid outing with three innings of work with four strikeouts and allowed the only two runs of the game. The fourth inning was when things got tricky. Tyler Courtney, the starting second baseman for the Dogs, was called to pitch. That meant that Sam Powers, the first baseman, had to move to second, and Nate Brenzer-Mendoza, a relief pitcher, went to play first base for the remainder of the game. As for Courtney’s relief effort, he dominated in the six innings he pitched allowing no runs, two hits, and two walks, while striking out five Whiskey Jacks.
The Sabre Dogs worked well with what they had and continued to produce offensively in Brandon, MT, as they racked up four runs in the final two innings including a two-RBI double by Callier. He finished the night three-for-five at the plate with a stolen base and a run scored. Crews Taylor, once again, had a nice day as he went two-for-five with an RBI in the ninth inning, two runs scored, and two stolen bases.
For the first time this season, everyone did their job well and as a result, they dominated on all aspects of the game. Mapston had a nice start, Courtney had a spectacular relief effort, and the Sabre Dogs were hitting well overall. If they can keep this going, this team will win a lot of games.
The Sabre Dogs will go for their fourth straight win against the Badlands Big Sticks in Dickinson, ND on Friday night. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.