Jamestown Post 14 split two games on Sunday to finish the Aberdeen wood-bat tournament 3-1.
Post 14 defeated Beulah, N.D., on Friday then took down Breckenridge, Minnesota, 8-4 on Saturday.
Rain forced the second half of Saturday’s schedule to be moved to Sunday. Post 14 defeated Warner, S.D., 8-3 on Sunday then fell to the Aberdeen Smittys 9-1 in the final game of the tournament. The Smittys are 16-2 on the season.
“For the most part I thought we played pretty well,” Post 14 coach Shane Schoeneberg said. “Defensively, right now we’re slowly trying to get things figured out and limit our errors.”
Post 14 is 4-8 on the season and plays at Moorhead today. It has a makeup doubleheader at West Fargo on Thursday.
Joey Gebhardt pitched six innings on Saturday in the win over Breckenridge.
Peyton Walker followed that up with a complete-game effort on Sunday against Warner. None of the three Warner runs were earned. Walker allowed just five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out six.
Brian Wenzel took the loss on Sunday against a talented Smittys lineup, which features Northern State recruit Lucas Lorenz and his near .667 batting average.
“I talked to the Aberdeen coach and the nine runs were the fewest they’ve scored in a while,” Schoenberg said. “They have a pretty impressive lineup.”
Post 14 had 25 hits in the three games.
Nick Fuchs went 3-for-4 against Breckenridge and 2-for-3 in the Warner game, but was injured in the first game Sunday when he dove for a pop up and collided with teammate Anthony Cook. Fuchs, Post 14’s shortstop, went to hospital and it was determined he had a concussion and whiplash. He’s expected to miss a week, possibly more.
“It’s a tough break for us and Nick because he’s been stinging the ball really well,” Schoenberg said. “It wasn’t anybody’s fault what happened. They were all just going after the ball hard. It wasn’t hit very high and they all kind of got there at the same time.”
Nate Soulis had three hits against Breckenridge, while Ben Walz went 3-for-3 against the Smittys and scored the only run on a single by Soulis. Landon Weiser added a pair of hits against Aberdeen.
“I was pretty impressed with how we swung especially considering we were using wood bats,” Schoenberg.
The pitching was solid, too.
“I thought everyone threw well,” Schoeneberg said. “I thought it was a step in the right direction.”
Jamestown 8, Breckenridge 4
Breckenridge 101 020 0 — 4 4 3
Jamestown 320 120 x — 8 9 2
Josh Omdahl, Alex Mertes (5) and Parker Brusse. Joey Gebhardt, Cody Horn (7) and Brian Wenzel. W—Gebhardt. L—Omdahl. Highlights: Nick Fuchs 3-4 3 Runs; Tyler Ukestad 1-2 2 RBI; Nate Soulis 3-4 3 RBI; Cody Horn 1-3 RBI; Landon Weiser 0-0 4 BB, 2 R.
Jamestown 8, Warner 3
Warner 000 030 0 — 3 5 5
Jamestown 205 001 x — 8 6 2
David Northrop and Chris Hollingback. Peyton Walker and Shaun Walker. W—Walker. L—Northrop.
Highlights: Walker 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 K, 2 BB, 5 H. Fuchs 2-3, 3B, RBI, 2 R; Ukestad 1-3 RBI, SB; Scott Nelson 2B, RBI; Connor Neva 2-3 RBI.
Aberdeen Smittys 9, Jamestown 1
Jamestown 100 00 1 8 4
Smittys 310 5x 9 10 0
Brian Wenzel and Gebhardt. Zach Andera and Logan Karst. W—Andera. L—Wenzel.
Highlights: Weiser 2-3 2B; Ben Walz 3-3 R; Soulis 1-3 RBI; Neva 1-2; Gebhardt 1-1.
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