DICKINSON, N.D. – Dickinson State dropped a pair of one run games to Central Christian College on Wednesday (Feb. 27). The Blue Hawks fell in game one 8-7 and fell 5-4 in game two. Dickinson State is now 2-4 on the year.
Tim Catalano got the start for the Blue Hawks in the opener. Catalano went 5.1 innings and surrendered five runs, four earned, on 10 hits. He struck out five hitters. Ian Anderson came on in relief and 0.2 scoreless innings.
Central Christian tallied once in in both of the first two innings to jump to a 2-0 lead. In the top of the third the Blue Hawks tied it up with one swing from Eric Seiler. Seiler took a 1-2 offering from Zane Howard over the right field fence for his second home run on the season.
In the bottom half of the inning Central tallied again to take a 3-2 lead and in the top of the fourth the Blue Hawks fought back to take the lead.
Eric Contreras doubled to left to start things off. Ryan Risse followed him with a double of his own, which drove in Contreras from second. Risse advanced to third on a wild pitch with no outs. After a ground out Thad Lane hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in Risse. The two run inning gave Dickinson State a 4-3 advantage.
The see-saw battle continued as Central Christian put up two runs of their own to take back the lead, 5-4. The score remained 5-4 until the top of the seventh inning.
In the top of the seventh inning Austin Penn came on in relief of Howard. Penn got Seiler to fly to right for the first out of the inning and with one out Jordan Tescher stepped to the plate. Tescher took a 2-2 offering from Penn and hammered it over the left field fence to even the game at 5-5.
The Blue Hawks weren't done in top half of the inning. Contreras singled with two outs to chase Penn from the game. Alan Barker came on to put out the flames. The first batter he faced was Risse, who promptly doubled to score pinch runner Sam Bisson from second. Chris Mjelstad was then hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Lane singled to score pinch runner Caleb Burgard from second and Dickinson State claimed a 7-5 lead.
Brendan Hardaway came on for his third save attempt of the season. Tyler Gniadek led off with a double for the Tigers. Hardaway was able to strike out Howard swinging for the first out of the inning. Nicholas Campos was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. The Tigers sent up pinch hitter Daniel Padilla to hit for Christian Herbig. Hardaway threw a wild pitch, allowing both Gniadek and Campos to advance. Hardaway appeared to quell the trouble by catching Padilla looking for the second out of the inning.
Alex Rodriguez had other ideas, he singled to left driving in Gniadek and Campos to tie the game at 7-7. The throw to the plate allowed Rodriguez to advance to second. Jason Watsonelected to intentionally walk Martin Guevara with two outs to put runners on first and second. Guevara had been 3-for-4 on the day prior to the intentional pass. Clayton Lacher singled to center and drove in Rodriguez to give Central Christian an 8-7 walk-off victory.
Michael Frick received the win and Hardaway (0-1: BS, 1) was charged with his first loss of the season. Seiler went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs driven in and a home run. Tescher was 2-for-4 with a solo home run. Risse drove in two runs and had two hits.
In the back end of the doubleheader Dickinson State got on the board first when Burgard reached on a fielder's choice, which brought in Mjelstad, in the top of the second.
The Blue Hawks scored again in the top of the third on a two out single from Risse to give Dickinson State a two run cushion.
A pair of errors in the bottom of the third helped Central Christian even the game. Guevara reached on an errant throw and later scored on a single by Lee Stoops. Lacher, who reached on a single, came around to score a batter later via a bobbled ball.
The bottom of the fourth saw more offense from the Tigers. Central Christian scored three runs, on four hits, and got a little help from a pair of errors.
Dickinson State wouldn't go down without a fight, however, and tallied once in the sixth. A one out single from Burgard drove in Mjelstad, cutting the Tigers' lead to 5-3.
The Blue Hawks entered the top of the seventh trailing by two. Tescher was hit by a pitch with one out. Contreras then singled to center to put runners on first and second. Jeff VanCleavereached on a fielder's choice, as Contreras was cut down at second. With runners on the corners Risse drew a walk to load the bases. Mjelstad also drew a free pass, which pushed home Tescher and cut the deficit to 5-4. Down to the final out Lane hit a sharp grounder to short and Guevara flipped it over to Campos to retire Mjelstad for the final out.
Nick Kearley (0-1) went the distance for the Blue Hawks, but was charged with the loss. He surrendered five runs, two earned, over six innings and allowed eight hits. Kearley struck out four hitters. Braxton Lorenzini went seven innings for Central Christian and allowed four runs on seven hits. He surrendered nine walks and struck out five.
Seven different Blue Hawks had a hit. Contreras and Tescher each scored twice, while Mjelstad came around twice. Risse and Mjelstad each recorded a RBI.
Dickinson State will be back on the field on Thursday (Feb. 27) when they play McPherson College at 11 a.m. and then Central Christian at 1:30 p.m.