Governors keep it going; First-place Bismarck sweeps Jamestown
Logan Krivoruchka got another taste of Jack Brown Stadium on Friday night.
“We have a lot of great pitchers,” Krivoruchka said. “All of us have good experience in high school and summer ball.”
Post 14 struggled offensively in the opener as well, falling 5-1.
“The first game, we were right there with them,” Jamestown coach Shane Schoeneberg said. “To be a couple of big hits away shows these guys that we’re capable of playing with (Bismarck).”
Krivoruchka wasn’t the only Bismarck Governor playing at his soon-to-be home park. Standout starting pitcher Nate Dinga, catcher Quinn Irey and third baseman Jake Brucker will also be Jimmies in the fall.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Krivoruchka said. “I’m happy. I like this mound and (UJ coach Tom Hager) might have me pitch every once in a while.”
Krivoruchka kept Post 14 at bay in the nightcap, working his curveball in for strikes. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out five. Bismarck improved to 7-0 in league play and an impressive 26-5 overall.
“My curveball was working good and then late, it started to slip,” Krivoruchka said. “But then my changeup started to come up, so it worked out.”
The Governors gave him all the run support he needed with two-run homers from Josh Seibel and Jared Spooner off Jamestown starter Cody Horn, who went three innings in the loss. The 5-0 advantage ballooned to 14-0 with nine runs in the fifth.
Landon Weiser continues to pitch well, though he took the loss in game 1. A line of five runs allowed on 11 hits may not look like much, but Weiser had his team down just 3-0 going into the sixth inning when Bismarck struck for two more runs.
“I think he’s a top four guy for us,” Schoeneberg said. “Each outing he’s had, he’s proven it more and more. He really pounds the zone and makes hitters beat him. He doesn’t want to lose the freebie battle by hitting a guy or walking a guy. He wants them to earn it.”
Post 14 scored its lone run of the doubleheader in the second inning, when Tanner Lunzman plated Shaun Hogan on a sacrifice fly off Bismarck starter Josh Seibel, who earned the win with seven sharp innings.
Jamestown (2-10 league, 8-14 overall) won’t play its nonconference doubleheader today, originally scheduled at Valley City. Post 14 goes to Mandan for two league games on Sunday followed by a trip to Dickinson on Tuesday.
Bismarck 5, Jamestown 1
Bismarck 003 002 0 — 5 11 4
Jamestown 010 000 0 — 1 6 2
Josh Seibel and Quinn Irey. Landon Weiser and Shaun Hogan. W—Seibel. L—Weiser.
Highlights: B, Irey 3-4, double, RBI, Kole Bauer 2-4, run, 2 RBIs, Trent Bohan 2-3, HBP, 2 RBIs. J, Anthony Cook 2-4, double, Shaun Hogan walk, R, Tanner Lunzman RBI.
Bismarck 14, Jamestown 0 (5 innings)
Bismarck 023 09 — 14 12 1
Jamestown 000 00 — 0 4 6
Logan Krivoruchka and Jared Spooner. Cody Horn, Ben Walz (4) and Joey Gebhardt, Shaun Hogan (4). W—Krivoruchka. L—Horn.
HR—B, Josh Seibel, Jared Spooner.
Highlights: J, Ben Walz 2-2, Shaun Hogan 2-2, Tanner Lunzman 2 walks.
Records: Bismarck 7-0, 26-5. Jamestown 2-10, 8-14.
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