The Dickinson Midgets junior varsity baseball team were the guests for The Night Hawks opening baseball game on April 6.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Pioneer
The Dickinson Midgets junior varsity baseball team were the guests for The Night Hawks opening baseball game on April 6. Two games were played with each game only going five innings.
Jarad Mattis started on the mound for the Night Hawks in the first game and put down the Dickinson hitters one-two-three in the first three innings including five strikeouts. Since this was their opening game and was not a regional game, head coach Nolan Dix wanted to get as much work as he could for his pitching staff. He had Mason Defoe replace Mattis at the start of the fourth inning and the wheels virtually fell off as the Midgets ended the inning with a total of nine runs.
Normally a pitcher with control, Defoe was having problems finding the strike zone as he walked two, hit two batters and had a few wild pitches. With one out he was relieved by Jaxon Mellmer.
Starting Midget pitcher Isaac Gjerde was doing well as he held the Night Hawks to four singles and two runs over the four innings he pitched. The Dickinson coach relieved Gjerde at the bottom of the fifth inning and the Night Hawks quickly went to work on the new pitcher. Although coming up short, they scored six runs on six hits and two walks but lost 9-8.
The big blow was a bases loaded double by Jacob Dix. Leading the Night Hawks in hitting for the game was Hudson Pierce with three hits, and he was followed by Dix and Kyle Burwick with two hits each.
The Midgets also claimed the second game 13-4. Despite the cool temperature that was made worse by the winds, there were approximately 60 fans in the stands.
Head Coach Nolan Dix commented on the Night Hawks opening game:
“We hit well. Our top hitters came out and hit the ball well, just some early season mistakes. Need to eliminate our errors. Pitching I thought was good the 1st game, we need to work more with our pitchers and get them more focused when they are on the mound. Kids had fun and all 22 kids got to play in the preseason opener.”