Gillette, Wyo.--All good things must come to an end. That was the the case for the Roughriders (13-14) 6-game winning streak. They fell to the Rapid City Post 320 Stars in the first of two games on Saturday afternoon, 5-1, but won the second game, 10-3.
In the first game, the Roughriders had trouble getting hits. They were held to an unofficial four hits in the game and were the victims of six strikeouts. The Stars were able to take advantage of a couple errors and nine hits in the game.
Post 320 took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on Austin Tennant's pitching. Gillette cut it to a 2-1 ballgame with Lucas Rissler scoring-the lone run in the game for the Roughriders.
Rapid city picked up a third run in the third inning and with the help of a couple errors in the 5th, brought in their last two runs of the game.
Tennant was charged with the loss. Scott Dingus of Post 320 was credited with the win and Zach Berg the save.
In the second game, the Roughriders took advantage of the Stars miscues. Robby Doyle, the starting pitcher for the Stars, lasted just two third's of an inning after walking and hitting a few batters. An error on the Stars also made matters worse. It was 3-0 in favor of Gillette after the first inning.
By the end of the fourth inning, the Riders had a 10-1 lead.
The Riders bats were more lively in the second game with eight hits- five of those were doubles. Zach Donahoo had two of those doubles and walked in the first inning. Andrew Youngs went 2-4 as well.
Combined With the Riders hitting and a combined eight batters hit by a pitch or walked, the Stars couldn't survive the ten runs scored with the use of three pitchers in the game.
Ian Durgin started on the mound for Gillette and went six inning with three strikeouts. Durgin got the win and Cody Eaton was credited with a save and a strikeout.
The Riders and Stars face each other for two games on Sunday in Rapid City. Gillette is back at home against the Sheridan on Tuesday. You can hear that game on News Talk 1270 and online at https://www.network1sports.com/station/kiml with the first pitch set for 6pm.