The Dawson Community College baseball team won the final four games of its recent 10-game road trip. The spring trip began in Idaho on the 14th with a pair of games against the College of Southern Idaho. From there, the Bucs moved down to Utah for games against four different schools from Utah.
The Buccaneers lost a pair to the College of Southern Idaho on Monday. The first contest saw CSI claim a 7-0 triumph. The Bucs played better in the second game of the doubleheader but still fell by a final of 5-3. In the first game, the Buccaneers had just three hits and committed five errors. Game two DCC had four hits and just one error. Hunter Balmer went 2-3 with an RBI double for the Bucs.
On Tuesday, Dawson was in Utah for two games with Salt Lake Community College. In the first game the Bucs were shutout 9-0, although the game was scoreless for the first three innings. DCC had a total of five hits and three defensive errors. Jake Loundagin was two for two at the plate for Dawson. Joe Binstock, Tanner Newman and Chris Mjelstad each had a pair of hits for the Bucs in their next contest with SLCC. The Buccaneers were ahead early in this one only to see Salt Lake come back to post an 8-4 victory over the Bucs.
"These are two of the better programs we face," Coach Brent Diegel said of CSI and SLCC.
"These are games you hope to win but don’t expect to win," Diegel added. Both of these teams had played 15-20 games while they were the first four games of the young season for the Buccaneers.
Next up for the Bucs was the College of Eastern Utah on Wednesday. Eastern Utah knocked off DCC by the finals of 3-1 and 5-4. The Bucs had just one hit, but also only committed one error in the 3-1 loss. DCC then held a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh of the second contest only to see Eastern Utah score three times for the win. The Buccaneers fired out eight hits, led by Austin Sheppick who was 2-4 with two RBI. Balmer was 1-3 with two runs scored.
The Buccaneers finally got into the win column on St. Patrick’s Day. Cole Dupper from Laurel earned the first win on the mound for DCC. Dupper benefitted from a great offensive showing by his teammates. As a team the Bucs had 13 hits in the contest as they cruised to a 15-3 win over the University of Utah. Tanner Newman drove in three runs with three base hits. McKay Hedin was 2-5 at the plate and Sheppick was 2-4. Balmer was 1-4 and had four RBI’s.
Friday and Saturday the Bucs won three games against Snow College. Joey Hendricks earned the victory in game one with an 11-0 shutout over Snow College. Hendricks got support from Newman, Dalton Aiken and Balmer. Newman had three hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs. Aiken drove in two runs and Balmer continued his hot hitting with two more hits.
Anthony Kuntz started on the hill for Dawson in the second game with Snow College. Bobby King pitched in relief and was credited with the win in the 10-5 decision. Hedin had the big stick for the Bucs with two home runs and five runs batted in. Hedin had four hits in the contest. Balmer and Newman each had a pair of hits in this Bucs’ win.
The Bucs pitched another 11-0 shutout in their final contest with Snow. Danny Smith was the winning pitcher. Smith allowed just one hit and struck out 10 batters. Balmer was 2-4 and Mjelstad was 1-3 with two RBI.
"This was one of our better spring trips. We need to improve on the mental aspects of the game and cut down on the defensive errors. The kids hit the ball well and they pitched extremely well," Diegel said.
The ballgames scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at Kolberg Field have been rescheduled.
The Buccaneers next action is this weekend in Miles City at the MCC tournament, weather permitting.
By Kevin Miller
Ranger-Review Staff Writer