MINOT, ND- The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs get the win in the series opener Wednesday evening against the Hub City Hotshots 11-4 and improve to 8-8 on the season.
It seemed like it was going to be a pitchers’ duel after four scoreless innings with Zavian Caldwell dealing for the Sabre Dogs. However, the tides were turned in the fifth inning with a two RBI double by Sabre Dogs’ third baseman Chauncey Callier. The Dogs weren’t done as starting second baseman Josh Paino brought in two more runs with a two RBI single.
Later in the inning, designated hitter Alex Hay was up to the plate with runners on first and second. Hay hit a deep fly ball to right field which went over the fence but was well in foul territory. However, the home-plate confidently called it a home run which brought in three more runs. This gave the Sabre Dogs a 7-0 lead and got Hotshots’ head coach Jacob Jarreau ejected from the game.
The Dogs wouldn’t be done, however, as they were able to score three more in the sixth as shortstop Mason Dinesen got an RBI single to start things off. Dinesen then stole home and finished things off with another RBI from Paino.
Zavian Caldwell pitched a nearly perfect game and didn’t give up a single run in his five innings of work. He allowed just one hit and four walks while picking up his first win of the season. Relief efforts were good once again led by Nate Brenzer-Mendoza who pitched in the eighth and ninth innings. He faced four batters and struck out all of them to end the game. Cody Waters also had another scoreless relief effort in two innings.
Thursday night will consist of a doubleheader that will start at 5:05 p.m. The first game will pick up where Tuesday’s game left off. There will be a runner on second for the Hotshots in the bottom of the third with a 1-1 score. After that game concludes, there will be a 30-minute intermission which will be followed by the series finale which will be seven innings.