Late-inning leverage gives Sabre Dogs 13-5 victory over Moo
With two runners in scoring position and two outs on the scoreboard, Bo McClintock acknowledged the task at hand.
McClintock had no intentions of getting cheated at the plate, so he unloaded on the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one gargantuan hack, the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs captured a 7-5 advantage over the Fremont Moo.
“I’m just glad I could provide for our team,” McClintock said. “I’m glad I could drive in runs for our team, no matter the fashion they come in. Obviously, I’m pretty happy if they’re home runs and doubles.”
The three-run big fly capped off Souris Valley’s five-run seventh frame. Six more runs in the eighth inning helped the Sabre Dogs (7-8) earn a 13-5 victory over the Moo (9-7) on Saturday evening.
Fremont’s steady attack granted the visitors an early 5-2 lead. McClintock produced both of Souris Valley’s prior runs before the game’s most critical inning, but the designated hitter’s work was far from finished.
In the bottom of the eighth, McClintock launched another ball deep into left field. His second home run punctuated his 4-for-5 evening.
As if an .800 batting average was not enough, McClintock accumulated seven RBIs at Corbett Field.
“I felt like I was calm in the box,” he said. “I just saw the ball well and looked for pitches I could handle.”
After enduring a recent 1-4 road trip, Souris Valley head coach Corey Thompson was pleased with McClintock’s production and the Sabre Dogs’ resiliency.
“To come back home with a good crowd and see a returner basically put the team on his back tonight, that was fun to watch,” Thompson said.
Last season, McClintock clubbed seven homers in 40 games for the Sabre Dogs. His two home runs on Saturday marked this season’s first big flies.
“That’s Bo from last year,” Thompson said. “That’s what Bo does. Slow start this year, but he’s coming around. It’s good to see. We’re just going to keep running him out there. Hopefully, good things happen.”
Although Souris Valley’s offense provided the excitement on “Country Night,” the pitching staff made sure the Moo went home singing the blues. Aaron Kern claimed the win after allowing two runs in 1 2/3 innings of work.
Tanner Riley notched the save for Souris Valley. Riley did not allow a hit in the ninth inning.
“Big start from Cam Hansen,” Thompson said. “He kept us close. Drew Lang, next guy up, kept us close. They got some runs. Kern, a Minot State kid, shut the door in the eighth. We bring Tanner Riley in there, it’s game over.”
After the game concluded, McClintock described his breakout evening as a “sigh of relief.” He also gave credit to Tim Conway (3-for-5, 3 RBIs) and Nik Levensteins (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) for their offensive contributions.
“They did a really good job of setting the table,” McClintock said. “I got an opportunity to help our team produce tonight.”
Souris Valley will go for the series sweep at 2:05 p.m. this afternoon. The Sabre Dogs are off on Monday and Tuesday.
“I feel pretty good about us,” McClintock said. “That’s all. I feel pretty good about us.”
Jimmy Lafakis covers Minot High School sports and Class B high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @JJLII30.