Severe weather washes out Souris Valley-Red River contest
When it comes to their final Expedition League season, the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs have had nothing short of the “Midas touch” in every aspect of the game. Riding a ten-game win streak, the Sabre Dogs sit comfortably atop the league standings with a 14-1 record and a 7.5 game lead over the second place North Iowa Ragin’ Roosters as they march towards back-to-back league titles.
Nevertheless, despite their dominance, the Sabre Dogs continue to add an abundance of positional depth to an already star-studded roster. Proof of this came Sunday night for a lively crowd at Corbett Field, as they were treated to a highlight reel debut for newly acquired Souris Valley catcher Ben Livorsi. Wasting no time in showcasing his power, Livorsi bombed three home-runs in four at-bats against the visiting Red River Pilots in an 11-1 win.
Not to be outdone, stud first baseman Chris Monroe added two homers of his own, bringing his team-leading total to seven on the year.
Additionally, matching the unstoppable potency of the Sabre Dogs offense has been the rock-steady pitching staff and defense. In Sunday night’s victory, winning pitcher Thomas Gutierrez and closer Ethan Swanson combined for ten strikeouts and allowed only three hits across eight innings.
Closing out a four-night home-stand against the Red River Pilots on Monday, Souris Valley looked to once again orchestrate a symphony of baseball destruction.
In much needed fashion, the Pilots put two early runs on the board, applying some much-needed pressure to the Sabre Dogs and claiming one of the few leads that any team in the Expedition League has managed against Souris Valley this season.
Yet, in true Sabre Dog form, it only took the first two batters of the game for Souris Valley to even the score on a two-run home run by shortstop Dayson Croes that brought in lead-off hitter and right fielder Luis Pelayo.
Holding Red River scoreless over the next two innings, the Sabre Dogs would take the lead with a two-run second inning and an additional run in the third to bring the score heading into the top of the fourth to 5-2.
Foiling Souris Valley’s efforts to turn the game into a runaway, the Pilots would close the score to 5-3 on a double to left field. For Red River, this double would account for one of two total hits for the team throughout the contest.
Just as the intensity began to build once again, untimely severe weather in the area would bring an abrupt halt to the action. Despite a delay, the weather was too much to overcome for the night, ultimately leading to the decision to reschedule the game as a double-header later in the season.
Sabre Dogs shortstop Dayson Croes finished with a game-high three RBIs via a home run and a double.
On the mound, Souris Valley pitcher Reed Butz tallied six strikeouts and allowed only two hits before the game was eventually called.
For the Sabre Dogs, they move on to start a three-game road stretch against the North Iowa Ragin’ Roosters beginning today at 6:35 p.m.