Sabre Dogs get four game sweep in Wheat City

MDN File Photo Eric Wallington, seen here in a home start earlier this season, racked up a season-high 14 strikeouts through seven innings in last night's game against Wheat City.

On Thursday evening, the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs (39-17, 17-8) took the field for the eighth consecutive night since the All-Star break. The club wrapped up its four-game set in Wheat City against the Whiskey Jacks with a 2-1 triumph.

Strong pitching was featured throughout the night as Sabre Dogs lefty starter Eric Walllington enjoyed his most dominant performance of the year. In seven innings of work, Wallington struck out a season high 14 batters without allowing a walk. Only one base hit was registered against Wallington in seven scoreless innings as he notched a decision win.

Offensively, the Sabre Dogs scored their first run of the game in the fourth inning as Dylan Swanson’s RBI single allowed Jordan Williams to come home. In the eighth, the Dogs added an insurance run as Cullen Hannigan crossed the plate from third base on a wild pitch.

Up 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth, things got interesting as Sabre Dogs closer Jackson Kirkpatrick allowed the first three Wheat City hitters to reach base. At that point, Aaron Suval was called upon to get the save. With a man down, Suval yielded a sacrifice fly which cut Souris Valley’s lead in half at 2-1. The reliever eventually nailed down the save with the tying run stranded at second base. All told, Souris Valley notched six hits compared to two for the Whiskey Jacks.

Up next on the schedule, Souris Valley plans to remain on the road and will begin a three-game set against the Spearfish Sasquatch on Friday. Start time for that game is slated for 6:35 p.m.


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