Off to a fast start: Bats come alive as Post 14 rolls to big victory
Jamestown had been waiting for this game for most of the summer.
“We knew it was going to happen from the first pitch,” Jamestown’s Ben Walz said.
The Class AA state tournament play-in victory sends Jamestown (11-27) to today’s quarterfinals, where it squares off against No. 2 Grand Forks at 8 tonight.
Jamestown’s offense was steady throughout the game, but never better than in the fifth inning. Post 14 struck for five runs on four hits and two errors, highlighted by Walz’s bases-clearing double that scored Nate Soulis, Nick Fuchs and Shaun Hogan.
“I was waiting for my pitch,” Walz said. “I wasn’t gonna chase anything.”
Jamestown took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as Walz singled to get on and was driven in by Landon Weiser. Post 14 came back with two more runs in the third, when Weiser scored on a Tyler Ukestad single. Ukestad crossed on an error to make it 3-0.
Hits from Soulis, Fuchs, Hogan and Walz broke the game open, giving Jamestown an 8-0 lead in the fifth. Jamestown scored two more in the seventh and was an out away of ending the game by the 10-run rule in the seventh, until Parker Harm slugged an RBI double to the wall. Jared Walters followed with a run-scoring single.
Post 14 was led at the plate by Walz’s effort. In the first game of his final Legion tournament, he went 3-for-6, managing Jamestown’s only extra-base hit. All nine starters had at least a hit for Post 14.
Gebhardt kept Mandan at bay while his offense went to work. The veteran right-hander continued his string of strong starts, this time limiting Mandan to five hits over the first six innings. He gave up two runs in the seventh, but only walked two and hit one. He had six strikeouts.
“Joey was varying speeds and keeping them off balance,” Walz said.
On Thursday, Mandan (20-25) plays the loser of Minot and West Fargo’s game today.
Jamestown Post 14 10, Mandan 2
Jamestown 102 050 200 — 10 16 0
Mandan 000 000 200 — 2 8 4
Joey Gebhardt and Shaun Hogan. Jared Walters, Ty Leingang (5), Zach Scott (6), Jeremy Friesz and Trever Leingang.
Highlights: J, Gebhardt 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 walks, 6 Ks, Ben Walz 3-for-6, double, 3 RBIs, R, Shaun Hogan 2-5, Nate Soulis 2-5, Tyler Ukestad 2-5, Landon Weiser 2-5. M, Parker Harm 3-5, double, RBI, Jared Walters 2-3, RBI.
Records: Jamestown 11-27, Mandan 20-25.
Sun sportswriter Chris Aarhus can be reached at (701) 952-8462 or firstname.lastname@example.org