BISMARCK — With the turn of a new season, the new look Danville and Bismarck-Henning baseball teams started the season on Friday with new coaches at the helms of both teams.
The Blue Devils got a great outing from Dylan Dodd, who had 12 strikeouts over 6 innings to get his father and coach Mark Dodd his first win, 9-3, over the Vikings.
Bismarck-Henning had a strong bottom of the third inning, scoring five runs on three walks and three hits. The big hit came from Andy Bott, whose bases loaded clearing double pushed the lead up to 4-0. A couple batters later Dalton Strawser got another double to score Bott and Austin Reffett to give the Blue-Devils a 6-0 lead.
“We got a big offensive game from Andy Bott and Ethan Allsopp,” Mark Dodd said. “It is always good to get the first win under your belt.”
The Blue Devils got a quick run in the first inning when Allsopp got a single then scored on a single by Dylan Dodd.
The Viking could not get any offense started against Dylan Dodd, who was very good striking out 12 through six innings and he only faced 20 total batters before giving way to the bullpen in the seventh inning.
“We had trouble getting hits and without hits we can’t score and Dodd did a nice job against us tonight,” new Danville coach Geoff Desmond said.
“I tried to mix up my pitches and keep the hitters off balance by changing speeds and hitting spots, and our defense played well also,” Dylan Dodd said.
The Vikings didn’t give up and continued to battle by getting some hits and starting a rally in the 7th inning, but it wasn’t enough as they could only plate three runs.
“We didn’t give up and that shows us that we have character and won’t stop fighting until the last out,” Desmond said.
Nolan First and Chandler McBride each had one RBI for Danville.
Each team used three pitchers to get through this early season game.
Bismarck-Henning is 1-0 and will play Villa Grove next Friday. Danville is 0-1 and will play Mahomet Monday.