Post 14, Govs each get winsFresh off a sweep in Devils Lake the Jamestown American Legion team continued to batter the ball around in the frontend of a doubleheader Tuesday against Bismarck.
Fresh off a sweep in Devils Lake the Jamestown American Legion team continued to batter the ball around in the frontend of a doubleheader Tuesday against Bismarck.
The Eagles clobbered the Governors 14-3 in five innings in Game 1, but Bismarck got its revenge with a 13-3 win to close out the series.
Jamestown (8-9, 4-4) pounded out 14 hits in the first game but followed up with a six-hit showing in the nightcap to end the series on a sour note.
Jamestown 14, Bismarck 3
Runs came early and often for Jamestown in Tuesday’s opener, putting Bismarck in a hole it could never climb out of.
The Eagles had eight straight batters reach safely in the fourth inning to cap off a seven-run frame and give Jamestown a commanding 14-3 lead.
And from there the Governors couldn’t recover, ending the game after a scoreless top of the fifth.
Dakota Walker drove in two with a single off the right-center fence, while Danny Fischer helped his own cause with a two-run double to shallow left field. Brady Anderson, Riley Schaefer and Jordan Piatz each added one RBI in the inning.
The fourth-inning surge came after Bismarck set down the first two batters of the inning, but the two-out rally proved to doom the Governors not just in the fourth but throughout the entire game.
“All of our runs were with two outs,” said Jamestown coach Shane Schoeneberg. “Like we say everyday, they have to know their situations and have an approach at the plate.”
The Eagles started their two-out tear in the first when Ian Hogan teed off on an 0-1 pitch from Bismarck starter James Carroll for a two-run home run over the right-field fence.
“It felt good and we started hitting the ball well after that,” said Hogan. “Hitting is contagious.”
The round-tripper pulled the Eagles to within one after Fischer, the starter for Jamestown, gave up three runs in the top of the first.
“He got through the first and then we go up and put a two-spot and that puts the momentum right back in our dugout,” said Schoeneberg.
Jamestown tied the game up when Schaefer blooped a single to shallow right field to score Anderson, who led off the inning with a double to right.
“Anytime you can score a bunch of runs with two outs you’re only putting the pressure right back on them,” Schoeneberg said. “We’ve been telling them to be aggressive early.”
Reid Monson joined the RBI parade when he connected on a three-run homer over the right-center fence to give Fischer a 6-3 lead to work with to start the third.
Fischer held the Governors scoreless the remainder of the way to seal the victory. He finished with two strikeouts and scattered six hits. His only 1-2-3 inning came in the fifth to close out the game.
“Danny is a gamer,” said Schoeneberg. “I don’t know if it’s jitters or whatever the case is, once (our pitcher) can get through the first inning they usually fair pretty well and that was the case with Danny.”
Walker and Monson each finished the game with three RBIs, while Fischer, Schaefer and Hogan had two apiece.
Bismarck was paced by Tate Leapaldt, who finished 2 for 3 and two RBIs.
Bismarck 13, Jamestown 3
The Governors turned the table in the Tuesday’s nightcap, pounding out 14 hits for 13 runs in the first four innings.
Alex Deyle, Leapaldt, Tom Keller, Carson Wentz and Carroll all had two RBIs apiece, while combining for nine of the Governor’s hits and five of Bismarck’s seven extra-base hits.
“They were hitting the crap out of the ball,” said Schoeneberg. “It was a couple of hard base hits followed by a blooper, so it was a mixture.”
Jamestown was held in check from the plate until the fifth inning when the Eagles pounded out three hits for two runs, but it wasn’t enough to extend the game past five.
Hogan highlighted the Jamestown offensive attack when he went yard for the second time in the series to leadoff the second inning.
“I was seeing the ball well out of those guys’ hands,” he said. “It was just straight fastballs.”
Brandon Gange didn’t have his best stuff on the mound for Jamestown as he was relieved in the fourth after giving up 10 runs on 10 hits and three walks.
“It wasn’t that he got shelled it was just a couple of mistake pitches,” said Schoeneberg. “I thought a lot of those mistake pitches came whent he count was 2-1 or 2-0.”
Schaefer closed out the game allowing three runs on five hits.
Zach Lardy was the winning pitcher after going the distance for the Governors.
Jamestown won’t have to wait long to attempt to rebound from the loss as the Eagles return to action tonight on the road against Mandan.
“We want to sweep,” Hogan said of tonight’s doubleheader.
Jamestown 14, Bismarck 3 (5 innings)
Bismarck 300 00 — 3 6 1
Jamestown 241 7X — 14 14 2
James Carroll, Dan Bihrle (21) and Sam Ingemansen. Danny Fischer and Brady Anderson. W-Fischer. L-Carroll. 2B:B-Erik Peterson; J-Brady Anderson. HR: J-Ian Hogan, Reid Monson.
Bismarck 13, Jamestown 3 (5 innings)
Bismarck 430 60 — 13 15 0
Jamestown 010 02 — 3 6 2
Zach Lardy and Nick Jangula. Brandon Gange, Riley Schaefer (4) and Brady Anderson. W-Lardy. L-Gange. 2B: Tate Leapaldt 2, Cole Winbauer 2, Alex Deyle, Tom Keller, Carson Wentz. J-Jordan Piatz. HR: J-Ian Hogan.
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