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Jamestown shortstop Tyler Ukestad (right) applies a late tag to Fargo Post 400's Cody Frey during their Class AA doubleheader Tuesday at Jack Brown Stadium. Chris Aarhus / The Sun

Big blast: Weiser homer helps Post 14 to home split

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Landon Weiser’s second career home run at Jack Brown Stadium was certainly timely.

With his team trailing 2-1 in the fifth inning, the Jamestown Post 14 lefty broke up Erik Engel’s no-hit bid with a bomb to right field. The shot sparked Post 14 to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Fargo Post 400 and a split in the conference doubleheader. Post 400 won the first game 5-3.

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“We’ve kind of struggled lately getting hits,” Weiser said. “One hit kind of got everybody up. We just needed one to get us going.”

Weiser, the team’s leadoff hitter, was coming off an 0-for-4 performance in the opener.

“He got his pitch, and Landon’s a guy that’s always gonna put the ball in play,” Jamestown coach Shane Schoeneberg said. “Early in the count, he was looking for his pitch. He got it, and the way the wind was blowing, not many were carrying to right field.”

The homer led off the fifth inning. Tyler Ukestad reached on a bloop single to right and moved up twice on passed balls. Scott Nelson’s infield single to right plated Ukestad for the winning run.

“We probably did more to give away that first game than they did to beat us,” Schoeneberg said. “We could have easily let that mindset transfer into the second game. We did a good job of putting that game behind us.”

Three outs away from a split, Jamestown committed an error in the top of the seventh that allowed Fargo’s Alex Langevin to reach. As he was all day, however, Post 14 pitcher Brian Wenzel steadied himself, retiring the next three batters to preserve the win. Wenzel allowed two earned runs on three hits, while walking two and striking out one.

Wenzel and Joey Gebhardt surrendered a combined five earned runs over the 14 innings.

“They both threw well enough to get wins,” Schoeneberg said. “That’s what we need coming into July. We need those really good outings on the mound.”

In the opening game, Fargo scored two quick runs in the first inning and never surrendered the lead.

A Weiser groundout scored Shaun Hogan in the third, and Anthony Cook plated Ukestad and Nate Soulis in the fourth to account for Post 14’s runs.

However, Fargo (1-8 state, 2-14 overall) already had five runs on the board and the pitching of Kaden Steiner held firm. Steiner allowed three runs on five hits in the seven innings for the win. He walked four and struck out six.

Joey Gebhardt took the loss, giving up three earned runs on 11 hits and three walks, striking out one in seven innings.

Jamestown (1-7, 5-11) plays host to Groton, S.D., at 5:30 p.m. today at Jack Brown Stadium in nonconference action.

Fargo Post 400 5, Jamestown Post 14 3

Post 400  201 200 0 — 5 11 1

Jamestown  001 200 0 — 3 5 4

Kaden Steiner and David Melhoff. Joey Gebhardt and Shaun Hogan. W—Steiner. L—Gebhardt.

Highlights: Fargo, Michael Bell 3-4, R, RBI. J, Shaun Hogan 2-3, Anthony Cook 1-3, 2 RBIs.

Jamestown 3, Fargo 2

Post 400  100 010 0 — 2 3 1

Jamestown  100 020 x —  3 3 2

Erik Engel and David Melhoff. Brian Wenzel and Joey Gebhardt. W—Wenzel. L—Engel.

HR—J, Landon Weiser.

Highlights: Fargo, Adam Sufficool 1-2, triple, R. J, Weiser 1-2, 2 R, walk, RBI, Tyler Ukestad 1-3, R, Wenzel 7 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 walks, HB, 1 K.

Records: Fargo 1-8 state, 2-14 overall. Jamestown 1-7, 5-11.

Sun sportswriter Chris Aarhus can be reached at (701) 952-8462 or caarhus@jamestownsun.com

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Chris Aarhus
Aarhus has been a sportswriter for the Jamestown Sun since May of 2012. Prior to that, he was the sports editor at the Minot Daily News and The Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D. He also worked as a sports writer at The Dickinson Press. He was honored as North Dakota's Sportswriter of the Year for 2014.
(701) 952-8462
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