The Pierre Trappers hosted the Wheat City Whiskey Jacks on Sunday afternoon at Hyde Stadium in the third game of a three game series.
The Trappers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the second inning after scoring runs on a wild pitch and catcher’s interference. They extended that lead to 8-0 in the bottom of the third inning, including two runs on a Sam Kalberer home run. The Trappers pushed their lead to 11-0 by the end of the seventh inning, with one of those three runs coming on a solo home run by Zane Phelps. The Whiskey Jacks got on the board in the eighth inning when Austin Trahan hit a home run. The Trappers responded with a pair of runs. Nick Altermatt, who usually plays in the middle of the infield, came into pitch. He threw many fastballs that were clocked in as being above 90 miles per hour. Altermatt recorded the last three outs, including striking out two, to clinch the 13-1 victory for the Trappers.
Jackson Back earned the victory on the mound for the Trappers. He allowed zero runs on two hits in seven innings, striking out seven.
Christopher Bennefield took the loss for the Whiskey Jacks. He allowed nine runs on five hits in four innings, walking seven and striking out four.
With the win, the Trappers have won six straight games since losing to the Spearfish Sasquatch last Monday. Trappers head coach Tanner Neale told the Capital Journal that the turnaround for the Trappers was due to a team meeting.
“We kind of cleared the air after that Spearfish game,” Neale said. “We had a team meeting where we got focused back on what we need to do. You can see the benefits of that now. Guys are having fun just being around each other. That’s the biggest thing that has changed from the start of this homestand until now.”
The Trappers (3-0 in second half) moved their overall record above the .500 mark for the first time this season. The Whiskey Jacks (0-3 in second half, 6-26 overall) have lost nine straight games.
The Trappers will start a two game series against the Hub City Hotshots (0-2 in second half, 13-17 overall) at Fossum Field in Aberdeen on Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CT. The Trappers and Hotshots played each other earlier this season, with the Hotshots taking two out three. Neale said he got an idea of what kind of team the Hotshots have during those three games.
“They hit,” Neale said. “At the end of the day, their offense is going to keep them in a lot of games. We played them pretty early in the summer, so the two teams will be a little different. Every time we go there, they find a way to find the barrel. It’ll be an offensive series. Hopefully, we can find a way to put up some runs.”
The Trappers will be back at Hyde Stadium in Pierre for a three game series against the Fremont Moo starting on Wednesday. First pitch for all three games is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT. Neale said he’s looking forward to being in Pierre for the Fourth of July.
“We weren’t able to be here for that last year,” Neale said. “This year, it’s going to be fun to see the town and feel the energy from the community.”