Sabre Dogs tie franchise-high 18 runs in a lopsided win over Trappers
PIERRE, S.D. — For the third time in the three-year history of the Expedition League franchise, the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs ran rampant to the tune of 18 runs.
The Sabre Dogs set the program’s record for most runs in a single game with two 18-run performances during their inaugural 2018 season — beating the Pierre Trappers 18-1 on June 12 and then the Spearfish Sasquatch 18-6 on July 30.
The Sabre Dogs (17-16) ironically mushed those two factoids together on Saturday to add another entry into the record book with an 18-6 road victory over the Pierre Trappers (15-20) at Hyde Stadium.
The unstoppable Souris Valley offense started early and didn’t let up. The Sabre Dogs scored five runs in the opening frame and only went silent in the fifth and seventh innings.
In total, seven different Sabre Dogs recorded the 18 hits to produce 18 runs. Three players finished with a standout four-hit game: Josh Solomon, Mason Dinesen and Bo McClintock.
Furthermore, six Sabre Dogs collected multiple RBIs: Dinesen (3), Solomon (2), Tim Conway (2), Ivan Prejean (2), Cullen Hannigan (2) and Sebastian Murillo (2).
Solomon cranked his sixth home run of the season in the ninth inning to cap the scoring. The solo blast moved him ahead of Dinesen for the most home runs on the team this season, and tied for fifth-most in the league.
The Sabre Dogs franchise leader in home runs (20), the former 2018 Expedition League MVP and historic Triple Crown winner, EJ Ranel, made his first appearance against his former team. The Trappers leadoff hitter was limited to a double, a walk and struck out twice.
Sabre Dogs starting pitcher Trevor Jackson finished with eight punch outs in five innings of work to earn his first win of the season.
The two teams are in the middle of playing each other seven times in seven days. After splitting the first two contests, game No. 3 is at 2:05 p.m. this afternoon in Pierre. The lengthy series comes to Minot for two games on August 3-4 before returning to Pierre for the final two games.
With 19 games left in the regular season, the Sabre Dogs trail the Badlands Big Sticks (19-15) by 1.5 games in the Lewis Division standings. Only the division winner will advance to the Expedition League championship series at the end of the month.
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