Wild one: Minot nips Post 14 in shootout, gets sweep
Leads were hard to protect for Jamestown Post 14 on Monday night, especially when Grant Larson was up to bat.
Larson said he didn’t fare well in a six-game stretch last week and clearly was looking to make up for it.
“The last couple games I’ve been struggling,” Larson said. “I’ve been working more in the cage and trying to keep that front shoulder in. I guess I got good extension on those two (homers).”
The big lefty needed a triple in the opener to hit for the cycle, but settled for the grand slam. He ended the doubleheader 8-for-8, with the two long balls, three doubles, 10 RBIs and four runs scored.
“He’s had some big games in Jamestown, with that shorter porch in right,” said Minot coach Todd Larson, also his father. “He’s just trying to relax a little bit more and be more patient.”
Jamestown struck for four runs in the bottom of the sixth, taking a 10-8 lead on Cody Horn’s RBI single left field. And Jamestown was able to get two outs in the seventh, while holding Minot to only one run.
However, Larson drove a 1-0 pitch over the ivy, and Dalton Cooper bent but didn’t break in the bottom half to pick up the win.
“He might have had more (RBIs) had we not intentionally walked him once,” Jamestown coach Shane Schoeneberg said. “He’s about as good of a cleanup hitter as there is in the state.”
The loss wasted a valiant effort by Post 14 to get back in the game, as it fell behind 7-0 after the first two innings. Tyler Ukestad had a two-run single in the third and Nick Fuchs hit his first homer in the fifth to rally the troops. Landon Weiser scored the tying run on an error, and a balk plated Ben Walz to give Post 14 the lead.
Nonetheless, Minot’s order was difficult to hold down. The Vistas led off with two base hits off Cody Horn, who relieved starter Brian Wenzel to start the fifth inning. Horn took the loss.
“Just chip away and start winning innings,” Schoeneberg said to his kids. “They did, and we were winning going into the last inning.”
Weiser finished 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI from his leadoff spot for Post 14, which outhit Minot 16-14.
The second game provided even more heartbreak for the home team.
Jamestown had a 6-4 lead, but squandered it when the Vistas struck for five runs in the top of the seventh, making a winner out of reliever Alex Arrayan.
Larson had another four hits, two doubles and two RBIs, as Minot (3-5) picked up its first sweep of the season. Minot had four hits including a Trever Ringeon double off Jamestown reliever Tyler Ukestad, who was tagged with the loss.
Jamestown appeared in control, holding a 6-2 lead after five innings. Nate Soulis and Scott Nelson each had two RBIs, as Post 14 struck for three runs in the first and three in the fifth. They also had one in the fourth and one in the seventh.
Jamestown (0-2 conference, 1-3 overall) visits Grand Forks on Thursday before hosting Moorhead (Minnesota) on Monday.
Minot 13, Jamestown 10
Minot 520 100 5 — 13 14 3
Jamestown 012 124 0 — 10 16 2
Chandler Jacob, Dalton Cooper (6) and Jake Magnuson. Brian Wenzel, Cody Horn (4) and Joey Gebhardt. W—Cooper. L—Horn.
HR: M, Grant Larson 2. J, Nick Fuchs.
Highlights: M, Grant Larson 4-4, walk, 2 HRs, double, 8 RBIs, 2 R; Alex Mack 2-3, double, 4 R, 2 RBIs. J, Landon Weiser 4-5, double, 2 R, RBI; Fuchs 2-3, 2 walks, 2 R, RBI; Tyler Ukestad 2-5, 2 RBIs; Cody Horn 1-3, SAC, 2 RBIs; Ben Walz 2-5, 2 R, RBI; Nate Soulis 2-4, R.
Minot 9, Jamestown 7
Minot 100 100 5 — 9 10 2
Jamestown 300 130 1 — 7 10 6
Travis Walker, Alex Arrayan (5) and Braden Lach. Peyton Walker, Tyler Ukestad (7) and Brian Wenzel. W—Arrayan. L—Ukestad.
Highlights: M, Larson 4-4, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 2 R; Trever Ringeon 2-4, double. J, Nick FUchs 2-4; Nate Soulis 1-4, double, 2 RBIs, Scott Nelson 2-4, 2 RBIs; Brian Wenzel 2-4, RBI, double.
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