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When it comes to their final season in the Expedition league, the Souris Valley Saber Dogs have had nothing less than the “The Midas Touch” in all aspects of the game. On a 10-game winning streak, the Saber Dogs sit comfortably atop the league standings with a 14-1 record and a 7.5-game lead over second-place North Iowa Ragin ‘Roosters as they head for back-to-back league titles.
Nonetheless, despite their dominance, the Saber Dogs continue to add an abundance of positional depth to an already star-studded roster. The proof came on Sunday night for a spirited crowd at Corbett Field, as they were treated to their first spotlight for newly acquired Souris Valley wide receiver Ben Livorsi. Wasting no time showing off his power, Livorsi bombed three home runs on four at bats against the visiting Red River Pilots in an 11-1 victory.
Not to be outdone, stud first baseman Chris Monroe added two home runs, bringing his team-leading total to seven on the year.
Additionally, the unstoppable power of the Saber Dogs offense has been the stable pitching staff and defense. In Sunday night’s win, winning pitcher Thomas Gutierrez and closer Ethan Swanson combined ten strikeouts and allowed just three hits in eight innings.
Closing out a four-night home game against the Red River Pilots on Monday, Souris Valley looked to once again orchestrate a symphony of baseball destruction.
In much needed fashion, the Pilots put two early runs on the board, applying much-needed pressure to the Saber Dogs and claiming one of the few leads an Expedition League team has passed against Souris Valley this season.
Yet in true Saber Dog form, it only took the first two batters of the game for Souris Valley to even the score on a two-run homer by shortstop Dayson Croes who brought in the leadoff batter and right fielder Luis Pelayo.
Holding Red River scoreless over the next two innings, the Saber Dogs would take the lead with a two-run second inning and an extra run in the third to take the lead in the fourth to 5-2.
Thwarting Souris Valley’s efforts to turn the game into a breakaway, the Pilots would close the score at 5-3 on a double to left field. For Red River, that double would represent one of two total hits for the team throughout the contest.
Just as the intensity began to build again, unseasonably severe weather in the area brought the action to a screeching halt. Despite a delay, the weather was too much to overcome for the night, which ultimately led to the decision to postpone the double-header game to later in the season.
Saber Dogs shortstop Dayson Croes finished with a game-high three RBI via a home run and a brace.
On the mound, Souris Valley pitcher Reed Butz had six strikeouts and allowed just two hits before the game was eventually called off.
For the Saber Dogs, they begin a three-game road streak against the North Iowa Ragin’ Roosters starting today at 6:35 p.m.