MINOT, ND- The Sabre Dogs lost their third straight game to the Badlands Big Sticks 8-6 on Thursday night.

The offense was there for the Sabre Dogs, but unfortunately, the pitching staff wasn’t quite on their A-game. Phillip Childs, the Sabre Dogs’ left-fielder, led off for the Sabre Dogs and had a fantastic day at the plate. Childs was less jumpy, and instead jumped all over pitches and finished the night 3-for-5 with an RBI.

When Childs was asked how he was able to bounce back after an unideal first game, he responded, “Honestly, it was because I got some sleep. Yesterday I was on a ten-hour drive and then I played. Today I got to sleep in and went to the gym and got to work out.”

Tyler Courtney had been struggling at the plate and had just one hit going into today. He had yesterday off which was the first Sabre Dogs game he did not play. The day of rest really helped the second baseman as he went off, going 3-for-5 with two runs and a stolen base.

Tyler Courtney said, “I looked at it as a way to reset. I tried to look at today as a brand-new season. I just need to continue to hit in the cage. I have worked a lot with Justin Henle and Hunter Holland and working on some stuff in the cage, and today was the first day I was able to put it to use.”

Chauncey Callier, the Sabre Dogs’ third baseman may have had his eight-game hit streak snapped Wednesday, but Callier went right back to work as he went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI doubles.

Zavian Caldwell started his third game this season and pitched well, as he allowed just three earned runs, five hits, two walks, and struck out seven hitters. He was then replaced by Matt Sartwell who had one shaky inning allowing a three-run homer, but struck out three batters. It was then George Loxtercamp’s turn on the mound and he held steady in his two innings of work allowing one walk, one run, and three hits. With the Sabre Dogs trailing 8-5, they wanted to make sure that the lead didn’t grow, so they put closer Bradley Spooner in and he took care of business allowing no walks, no runs, no hits, and striking a batter in the ninth.

Thursday’s rally in the ninth was almost successful as they had an RBI single by Wilson Roubion to bring the Sabre Dogs within one. Phillip Childs then reached aboard via error, which had the Sabre Dogs in great position with bases loaded with no outs. Drew Pollum was unable to get his third hit of the day as the Big Sticks won the game 8-6 and Drew Pollum finished the day 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The Sabre Dogs take on the Fremont Moo Friday at 7:05 p.m.

BBS    1 0 0  1 1 3 0 2 0 – 8

SVS    0 0 2  1 1 0 0 1 1 – 6

WP – J. Harris (1-0), LP M. Sartwell (0-1)

BBS: N. Sanders – 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2B, 2R; M. Schwellenbach – 1-4, HR, RBI, R; B. Thoma – 2-4, RBI, 2R

SVS: P. Childs – 3-5, RBI, R; C. Callier – 2-5, 2 RBI, 2 2B; T. Courtney – 3-5, 3R

Scott Kopacz

Scott Kopacz is the Digital Media Coordinator of the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs.

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