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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

OTC Dawgs Split Games With B-E Despite Throwing Two No-Hitters

By Ryan Hendrickson - Battle Lake, MN

The 13 year old Dawgs of Ottertail Central combined to throw two no-hit ball games and split to Brandon-Evansville Monday night 1-0 loss and a 10-2 victory.  

In the first ball game of the night B/E was able to score the only run of the game right away in the first inning as their lead-off batter was able to get on the bases by way of an infield error. He stole second base on the very next pitch, moved to third base on a wild pitch, and eventually scored on a fielders’ choice double play.   Owen Buehler was almost perfect on the mound from that point on for the OTC Dawgs.  Owen walked the first batter of the second inning and then did not allow another base runner the rest of the game.  His coach Ryan Hendrickson commented, "Owen was just awesome tonight, he was in full command of everything he did.  He pumped a lot of strikes and our defense was perfect after the first inning making 15 straight put outs 2 of which were double plays on the night."  Owen Buehler took the loss on a complete game, 0H 3K 3BB 0ER

Although the Dawgs threw a no-hitter and were errorless after the first inning they lost 1-0 behind another no-hitter thrown by the B/E pitcher who had 11 strikeouts.  That's right, both pitcher's of both teams threw no-hit complete games! 

"This was crazy" said Hendrickson, "I've never been a part of a game where both pitchers threw complete game no-hitters, unfortunately B/E was able to score right away in the game and brought the game to a 1-0 final, what an awesome game by both teams!"  

In Game 2 action, OTC Dawgs had two pitchers combine for yet another no-hitter on the night! The Dawgs did not allow a single hit in 2 games of baseball Monday night! In the second game of the double header the Dawgs were able to put 10 runs across the plate as they collected 7 hits and took 10 walks while only striking out 5 times but even more importantly their pitchers and defense again did not allow a single hit on the night.   

Mason Hammer was the Dawg's winning pitcher as he threw 3 innings; 0 hits, 0 runs, 6 walks and 5 strikeouts.  Mason's work was finished by Hunter Haugen who finished the no hit bid by throwing 2 innings; 0 hits; 2 runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout.   

The B/E team was able to score their 2 runs late in the game by way of 2 walks and 1 error in the 7th inning. "These 2 guys did a great job," said Hendrickson, "This was Mason's first time on the mound this summer and Hunter showed improved control as well.  I'm so proud of the way our pitcher's attacked the strike zone and took pride in putting the ball into play tonight, on top of that our defense was heads up and alert as they only committed 2 errors in the double header! We are improving quickly as a team and will make some serious noise come playoff time!"  

The OTC Dawgs were able to punch 10 runs across the plate on 7 hits, 10 walks, 5 strikeouts, and Reed Solberg's game high 4 RBI.  The Dawgs had 6 different players record a hit while Mason Hammer (2) was the only player to record 2 hits. Jayden Harig was the only player of the night to record a double, which came in game 2 as he ripped a double to the left field fence scoring Garrett Nelson from 1st base.  

The Dawgs have a 4th of July break now, but will next be playing July 8th on the Bucky Burgau Stadium of Concordia College at 6:00pm.  

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