CALGARY, Alta. – The Columbia Basin River Dogs didn’t waste any time racking up a pair of blow out wins in the Bath Ruth Regional Tournament. The first game started hours behind schedule, but that didn’t stop the River Dogs from obliterating their first opponent.
The River Dogs battled with New Westminster from British Columbia in the first game and won by a landslide, 15-0 in four innings.
Dalton Kentner and Merit Jansen combined forces to shut down Westminster, allowing only one hit and striking out seven batters as a team. Meanwhile on offense, Kentner, Joe Taylor, Dax Lindgren, Evan McLean and Gabe Passey all racked up double digit RBIs.
The River Dogs scored consistently through the game, putting up five runs in the first inning and four in the second and third innings.
Despite the late night, the River Dogs were back at it again on Wednesday morning, when they took on the Rural Baseball Incorporated Dirtbags. The game ended similarly, with the River Dogs 10-running the Dirtbags.
The Dirtbags put up a better fight than Westminster did, surviving until the sixth inning and earning quite a few hits and one run, but they ultimately fell 13-1.
Hunter Gibson pitched most of the game, throwing 5.1 inning and racking up six strikeouts during that time. Boe Hesse relieved him in the sixth inning and he only took eight pitches to get to two outs the River Dogs needed to seal the win.
Lindgren led the team in RBIs with three, Dominic Signorelli led the team in hits with three and Kentner led the team in runs with three.
The River Dogs jumped ahead by four runs in the top of the fourth, thanks to a double by Gibson and a triple by Lindgren. The Dirtbags scored in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 5-1, but then the River Dogs went off for eight unanswered runs. They scored two runs a piece in the fourth and fifth innings and finally put the game away with four runs in the sixth.
The River Dogs will play two games on Thursday, starting with Lakeside Recovery at 3:30 p.m. before taking on the home team,of the tournament, the Calgary Blues AAA at 6:00 p.m.