Rapid City, S.D.--The Gillette Roughriders (14-15) split their two games against Rapid City Post 320 on Sunday. They lost the first game, 8-7 and won the second game, 15-13.
Head Coach Nate Perleberg added the following about the two games:
Game 1: Gillette led 4-0 going into the final inning and seemed to be in complete control only to see Rapid City score 4 in the bottom of 7th to tie the game. The Riders would answer with 3 runs in the top of the 8th but again couldn't close out the game as Rapid scored 3 more in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game again. The Riders would then go scoreless in the top of the 9th and Rapid would score one in the bottom of the 9th for the win. Any loss is tough and I think there are lessons to be learned from them. I think this was great learning experience for us and understanding that you cannot take your foot off the gas pedal at any point in time. We got a little lackadazical and they capitalized and before you know it the game is tied. A lot of things can happen in a matter of minutes. One minute we were up 4-0 and three outs away from a win and the next minute it was 4-4. The loss spoiled another great start on the mound by senior Kadison Wass who threw 6 shutout innings. Kadison was at 99 pitches after 6 innings and I was not about to send him back out to there to finish the game. He probably could have gotten it done, but its not worth it to risk it, especially at this point in the season.
Game 2: Gillette would jump out to a 10-0 lead in the first inning, only to watch Rapid City claw back and tie the game 12-12 in the 5th inning. Gillette would then add on runs late to secure the win. Austin Tennant had a monsterous game going 2-4 with 7 RBI. "Austin is starting to get comfortable and he really drove the ball this weekend. The key to game 2 was the relief pitching of Zach Donahoo. Zach came in today and would not be denied. He was a bulldog and put his team on his back when it mattered most. The Riders had 7 errors in the second game which allowed Rapid City back into the game. Defensively we were a wreck today. It was a very frustrating day, but at least we salvaged the split.
The Riders play their next game at Roughrider Stadium on Tuesday against the Sheridan Troopers. You can hear the game on News Talk 1270 KIML and online at https://www.network1sports.com/station/kiml. First pitch is set for 6pm.