Last weekend the DCC baseball team played in the MON-DAK round robin tournament. The Bucs finished 2-2. On Friday DCC lost to Williston 9-0. Saturday was a different story as Dawson bounced back for a 5-1 win over Dakota College. "This was not just a win for the Bucs, but Freshman pitcher Josh Rustad (LHP) out of Polson, MT, threw a NO-HITTER" said DCC head baseball coach Aaron Carroll.
In over 750 games that Coach Carroll has coached this was only the 5th no-hitter he has witnessed. "My teams have been no hit twice and now my teams have thrown 3 no-hitters. It was a special moment for Josh and our team. In order to throw a no-hitter you have to make great plays defensively. Todd Cabrera made a diving catch in left field and Hunter Balmer made a great backhand play at shortstop. It was indeed a team effort. I am proud of Josh. He was the first player I signed to a scholarship when I became the coach at Dawson Community College. I wish I had 5 more like him. I love that kid, he is a fierce competitor." Mckay Hedin and Charlie Cunningham provided the power for the Bucs. Hedin hit a 3 run HR and Cunningham added a 2 run shot in the sixth to ice the game.
On Sunday, DCC got another great pitching performance out of sophomore McKay Hedin, as they went on to defeat Bismarck State 6-2. Jesse Gullion and Skyler Dietsche went 2-2 and Hunter Balmer added a solo homerun.
Game two on Sunday was a pitching duel through 4 innings. However, Miles City broke the game open in the 5th and went on to win 9-3.
DCC is back in action Tuesday with a game at Dickinson State then it is on to Miles City for a game on Wednesday. The Bucs continue their MON-DAK conference schedule this weekend with a 4 game series at Dakota College. Game times are 1 p.m. on Saturday and another doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Also, as of April 18, Hunter Balmer was the 25th leading hitter in NJCAA baseball with a .444 batting average.
For more information on the Buccaneer baseball program, student athletes are encouraged to call Aaron Carroll @ (406) 377-9492.