The Mandan Chiefs and Dickinson Roughriders split a doubleheader Monday night at Veteran’s Memorial Ballpark.
In the first game, the Chiefs used a three-run first inning to set the tone.
Despite Dickinson using a solo home run to cut to deficit to 3-1, Mandan looked poised to open things up in the sixth inning. With runners on, an attempted sacrifice bunt was instead popped into the air and caught by Dickinson catcher Tristen Brunk. Brunk then tossed the ball over to first base to complete the double play.
The Riders put themselves in good position for a comeback in the top of the seventh. With the bases loaded and no one out, Tanner Ouellette stepped to the plate. He promptly sent a sharp liner to short, but the shortstop made the catch and flipped to second for two quick outs. Mandan had a chance to complete the triple play to seal the win, but the throw skidded away from the first baseman. Dickinson scored a run in the chaos to make the score 3-2 Mandan.
However, the next batter flew out to center field, allowing the Chiefs to take game one 3-2.
In game two, the Roughriders sought revenge early.
In the top of the first, Dickinson’s Michael McChesney singled to right field, and the runner from second was waved around third. Mandan catcher Jackson Zittleman leapt in the air to catch the relay throw, and he applied an athletic tag to keep the game scoreless.
In the top of the second, though, the Riders drove in two runs, and the Riders would go on to take game two 11-6.
Dickinson will head out to Omaha later in the week, while Mandan plays Williston on Tuesday.