NO-NO; Lunski fires a no-hitter, as Jamestown Miller Lite Merchants blank Bismarck
Creeping up on 36, Greg Lunski is showing no signs of aging.
Lunski’s gem lifted the defending “AAA” champs to a 4-0 win over the Bismarck Capitals and a celebratory beverage from the team’s sponsor after the 76-minute affair.
“Yeah, that was fast,” Lunski said. “My location was on. I felt pretty good.”
The Capitals (8-7) had just one baserunner in the game. With one out in the third inning, James Miller flew one to left field. Preston Jensen had a long run, got to the ball, but had it deflect off his glove. It didn’t matter as Lunski retired the next hitter on a week roller back to the mound.
Otherwise, it was six 1-2-3 innings, and yes, Lunski knew the no-no was brewing.
“You always know. You’re keeping track of what the hitters have done earlier in the game,” he said. “You’re not concentrating on it, but of course you know.”
As usual, Lunski didn’t walk a batter and struck out five.
The Merchants scored three times in the bottom of the fourth inning to break the scoreless tie.
Jensen started the uprising with a sharp single to center. After a strikeout and walk, Tom Houdek singled to center field to bring home Jensen. Jared Purdy was next and flew out deep to right field to score Jameson Benson.
Next up was Dan Ross, whose high pop-up was misplayed near the first base bag, allowing Houdek to score.
The Merchants (26-12) added one more run in the fourth on a sharp single to right field by Joe Vannett to chase in Purdy, who had doubled.
It was plenty for Lunski, who estimated his pitch count around 50, and should be good to go if needed later.
“Sure, why not?” he said if he could re-toe the rubber. “I’ll be here.”
J.R. Krogstad pitched well for the Capitals. He did so the last six innings without sleeves after being forced to roll up his white undershirt, giving him a Rick Vaughn of “Major League” fame look.
The Merchants play the Fargo Expos today at 11 a.m. The Capitals play the Fargo Expos in the third game of the day.
Jamestown Elks 12, Mayville Redcaps 0
Speaking of aging gracefully, Boya Quichocho certainly falls into that category.
The veteran Elks all-around standout clubbed a grand slam as the Elks rolled to an easy win over the Mayville Redcaps in the second game Friday night.
Quichocho was a perfect 3-for-3 with six RBI.
Already up 6-0, Quichocho cleared the right-field fence with the bases loaded to put the Elks 10-0.
Darren Iseri didn’t need much support. Iseri, who finished his career with Jimmies in the spring, allowed just three hits in earning the five-inning shutout.
The Elks banged out 12 hits.
Corey Shevlin and Mike Nelson each added two hits.
One more win puts the Elks back into the championship round. They play the Fargo-Moorhead Bulldogs in the second game today, weather permitting.
Class AAA state tournament
Jamestown Miller Lite Merchants 4,
Bismarck Capitals 0
Capitals 000 000 0 — 0 0 1
Merchants 000 301 x — 4 5 1
J.R. Krogstad and Kody Kalb. Greg Lunski and Anthony Fontana. W—Lunski. L—Krogstad. 2B—Merchants, Jared Purdy. SB—Merchants, Preston Jensen.
Jamestown Elks 12,
Mayville Redcaps 0, 5 Innings
Elks 226 02 — 12 12 1
Redcaps 000 00 — 0 3 3
Darren Iseri and Mike Nelson. Mitch Lacher and Austin Monson. W—Iseri. L—Lacher. 2B—Elks, Mike Nelson, Nick Smart. HR—Elks, Boya Quichocho.
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