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Sabre Dogs notebook: Souris Valley rained out against Pierre

Jimmy Lafakis/MDN Souris Valley pitcher Drew Lang follows through on a pitch during the first inning of Tuesday evening's game against the Pierre Trappers at Corbett Field.

The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs (19-16) entered Tuesday evening’s game against the Pierre Trappers (15-22) on a three-game winning streak. After reaching the second inning, the contest was rained out.

The Trappers will host the Sabre Dogs for a two-game series starting this evening at 7:05 p.m.

Below are some tidbits and notes prior to Tuesday’s rainout. All statistics are through Monday’s games.

Dog days of summer

The Sabre Dogs won their first three games in August. All of those victories came against Pierre.

Souris Valley kicked off the month in thrilling fashion. On Saturday, the Sabre Dogs defeated the Trappers in an 18-6 contest.

Mason Dinesen, Bo McClintock and Josh Solomon tallied four hits apiece in the lopsided game. Seven Sabre Dogs batted in at least two runs.

After earning a 6-2 win on Sunday, the Sabre Dogs finished with a double-digit run total once more in Monday’s 11-5 victory at Corbett Field. McClintock and Allen Grier knocked in three runs each.

Callier returns

to Corbett

Sabre Dogs fans had the chance to watch a familiar face on Monday evening. In the first game of his third season with the Sabre Dogs, utility player Chauncey Callier finished 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic halted the 2020 spring season, Callier hit .357 (25-for-70) in 20 starts at Mississippi College. He clubbed six home runs and added 15 RBIs.

Callier finished the campaign with a .982 fielding percentage, a .686 slugging percentage and a .405 on-base percentage.

Lobus finds

his groove

Souris Valley starting pitcher Ryan Lobus has earned two wins in his most recent appearances. Lobus pitched six innings and notched five strikeouts in a 4-1 win over the Big Sticks on July 28.

Six seems to be the magic number for Lobus. In Monday’s 11-5 win over the Trappers, the Chattanooga State product tossed six innings and issued just two walks.

Through three starts with Souris Valley, Lobus has posted an efficient 2.64 ERA. His ERA is the fourth-best of all Sabre Dogs pitchers.

McMurray takes control for Trappers

Pierre utility player Cooper McMurray boasts a team-best .351 (33-for-94) batting average. McMurray has mashed seven home runs in 29 games.

He has legged out five doubles and knocked in 23 runs for the Trappers. In addition, McMurray has recorded a .993 fielding percentage.

Jimmy Lafakis covers Minot High School sports and Class B high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @JJLII30.

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