GILLETTE, Wyo.--The Roughriders had a tough day on Sunday, the final day of the Hladky Memorial Tournament. The Longmont (Colo.) Twins-who won the tournament- slaughtered the Riders 13-0 in five innings. The Dickinson (N.D.) Roughriders came from behind to nab a 9-4 win over Gillette, as well.
In the game against the Twins, starting pitcher Zach Donahoo was hit on early and fast. Donahoo faced eight batters and all made it on base. It took five doubles, 2 singles, one batter hit by a pitch and 7-0 score with no outs in the first to bring on Josh Bradberry in relief.
Bradberry was sent to the dugout with no outs in the first also. Alex King took the mound in the first, and with the help of the infield, got out of the inning. That wasn't until the Twins drove in 11 runs. Longmont scored one in the second and a run in the fifth.
One bright spot for Gillette in the game was that ability to get a couple hits. Ian Durgin and Drayson Hladky had back-to-back hits in the third inning. That snapped the nine and one-third innings of hit-less baseball for Gillette.
In the second game, Gillette started out strong with a two-run bottom of the first inning. However, the Riders of Dickinson had a four-run third off of Tyler Tennant, his first game on the mound for the Gillette Riders this season.
Gillette got one back in the bottom of the third, but Dickinson scored two more in the fifth. Gillette got its final run in the bottom of the fifth. Yet Dickinson put it out of reach in the seventh with an additional three runs.
The Gillette Riders had many runners on the base paths. Eight Gillette batters were hit by a pitch throughout the game and no runs came in on a bases loaded, bottom of the fourth inning- a problem that has hurt Gillette all season.
Tennant was charged with the loss.
Gillette travels to Sheridan on Tuesday for a make-up game against the Troopers.