Post 14 wins tourney wrap-upJamestown Post 14, after limping into the weekend on an eight-game losing skid, looks to be getting back on the right track. And just in time for playoffs.
Jamestown Post 14, after limping into the weekend on an eight-game losing skid, looks to be getting back on the right track. And just in time for playoffs.
The Eagles rounded out the Jamestown American Legion baseball tournament Sunday on a high note by clobbering Saskatoon 13-3, concluding their weekend 2-2.
“It was really good,” said Post 14 coach Shane Schoeneberg of the win. “I thought everyone did a really good job today.”
Jamestown opened the tournament with a 12-5 win over Regina on Friday, but Saturday was a little more troublesome for the hosting Eagles.
Regina won the rematch 14-9 while Coon Rapids got a near perfect pitching performance from starter Brandon Flippen to defeat Jamestown 2-0.
Post 14 (12-24) will now look on to the sectional tournament, which begins Thursday in Fargo.
“It’s all about battling,” Schoeneberg said. “These last two games have been pretty good games and that’s the direction you want to go heading into tournament time.”
Jamestown 13, Saskatoon 3
Post 14 rebounded from a one-hit performance on Saturday against Coon Rapids with a bombardment on Sunday against Saskatoon.
Jamestown pounded out 19 hits and 13 runs as the Eagles closed out their weekend with a 13-3 win over the Saskatoon Giants.
Jamestown did most of its damage with two outs, including an eight-hit, eight-run rally in the second inning.
After a strikeout and a failed bunt attempt started the bottom of the second, Tim Smith connected on double to deep left-centerfield to spark the jolt.
“I was just trying to be relaxed and see the ball well,” he said. “I tried to get something I could drive and he put one where I like it on the first strike I saw.”
Jordan Piatz dropped a single into right to score Smith and give Post 14 the early 1-0 lead.
Saskatoon starter Brady Guimond hit his first batter and gave up an infield single to Jordan Lynch to load the bases for Reid Monson.
Monson, who flied out in his first at-bat in the first inning, got some redemption by doubling in two runs to put Jamestown up 3-0.
The rally continued with RBI singles from Danny Fischer and Brandon Gange to make it a 5-0 Post 14 lead.
Ian Hogan loaded the bases again with a single to left and Brady Anderson delivered a two-RBI double to the right-center gap. Hogan was able to score from third on a Saskatoon error to put Jamestown up 8-0 before the inning’s final out.
“I think we have a pretty good lineup and we can do that at any time,” said Smith. “Earlier this year we scored 14 runs against Bismarck and all of them were with two outs. We think we have a pretty good lineup, and that we can do some damage.”
Post 14 built its lead to 11-0 in the fourth off four singles, but Saskatoon rebounded with three in the top of the fifth to extend the game a little longer.
Jamestown starter Riley Schaefer didn’t run into any trouble until two outs in the top of the fifth when he walked back-to-back batters and gave up a three-run shot to Luke Barry to make the score 11-3.
Until that point, Schaefer had only allowed three hits and didn’t let a runner get past second base.
“Riley went out and pitched his butt off,” Schoeneberg said. “He was mixing speeds and hitting his spots.”
The Jamestown offense picked up its starter in the bottom of the fifth by scoring two runs to seal the victory.
Smith ended the game early with a single to right-center, the 11th run scored with two outs for Post 14.
“These guys don’t give up,” said Schoeneberg. “They had good at-bat after good at-bat. … I always tell them to be aggressive with your pitch. If you get a good pitch early in the count then put it in the gap.”
Smith finished the day 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a double. Piatz, Monson, Anderson and Fischer also drove in two runs apiece while Gange and Hogan each had one RBI.
Schaefer went all five innings for Post 14 striking out four and allowing three runs on four hits.
“He kept them off balance all day,” Schoeneberg said. “A lot of guys were on their front foot.”
Guimond was saddled with the loss after allowing eight runs on 10 hits over three innings of work.
“This was big for us,” said Smith. “Our coach told us to try and get on a roll heading into the seeding tournament and before state. We were kind of skidding for a while, so we tried to get it going this tournament.”
Coon Rapids 2, Jamestown 0
Flippen gave up just one hit over seven innings to lead Post 334 to a narrow 2-0 victory over Jamestown in Saturday’s nightcap.
Piatz spoiled the no-hitter with a single in the fifth, but nobody was able to bring him around to break up the shutout.
Kasey Gengler was effective on the hill for Post 14, allowing just two runs on five hits.
Joe Brinda hit a solo home run in the fourth and also scored in the first to make up most of Coon Rapids’ offensive attack.
Regina 14, Jamestown 9
Regina got its revenge from an opening round loss to Jamestown with a 14-9 win on Saturday.
Post 14 piled up 12 hits in the contest, but it was eight Jamestown errors that doomed the Eagles in the end.
Fischer started on the hill for Jamestown and Monson closed out the game after coming in for relief in the sixth inning.
Fischer went 2 for 3 at the plate with two stolen bases and a couple runs scored, while Piatz and Gange each went 2 for 4. Piatz also had two stolen bases and one run scored.
Hogan hit a shot deep in the sixth inning for a solo home run to pull Jamestown to within four, but that was the closest the Eagles got the remainder of the way.
Other scores from weekend were, Friday: Devils Lake 15, Saskatoon 13; Saturday: Regina 9, Mandan 6; Saskatoon 5, Coon Rapids 3, Mandan 9, Saskatoon 5; Sunday: Coon Rapids 3 Regina 1.
Jamestown 13, Saskatoon 3
Saskatoon 000 03 — 3 4 2
Jamestown 080 32 — 13 19 0
Brady Guimond and Luke Barry. Riley Schaefer and Brady Anderson.
Coon Rapids 3, Regina 1
Regina 100 000 0 — 1 10 1
Coon Rapids 101 001 X — 3 6 0
Tyler Folk, Max Ritz (5) and Kyle Grimas. Ben Raseth, Alex Williams (5) and Mike Latta. W—Raseth. L—Folk. 2B: CR—Tony Raymond.
Regina 9, Mandan 6
Mandan 200 301 0 — 6 7 2
Regina 510 210 0 — 9 7 3
Ryan Sandick and Steve Serr. Tyler McWhirter and Kyle Gimas. W—McWhirter. L—Andreychuk. 2B: R—McWhirter. HR: R—McWhirter 2.
Saskatoon 5, Coon Rapids 3
Saskatoon 004 000 1 — 5 7 0
Coon Rapids 000 003 0 — 3 7 0
Jared Andreychuk and Jake Hersikom. Patrick Freez and Mike Latta. W—Andreychuk. L—Freez. 2B: S-Ryan Korte; CR—Ian Andrews 2, Brandon Flippen. HR: S—Cole Bauml.
Regina 14, Jamestown 9
Regina 033 420 2 — 14 12 2
Jamestown 032 111 1 — 9 12 8
Troy Murray and Kyle Gimas. Danny Fischer, Reid Monson (6) and Dakotah Walker. W—Murray. L—Fischer. 2B: Tyler McWhirter, Gimas. HR: R—Tyler Folk; J-Ian Hogan.
Mandan 9, Saskatoon 5
Mandan 401 004 0 — 9 10 0
Saskatoon 000 300 2 — 5 5 2
Jordy Wenstrom, Brandon Austad (5), Brett Bryan (7) and Steve Serr. Aaron Barrett and Jake Hersikorn. W—Wenstrom. L—Barrett. 2B: M—Reid Jungling, Trevor Huck, Aaron Janz; S-Barrett.
Coon Rapids 2, Jamestown 0
Coon Rapids 010 100 0 — 2 5 0
Jamestown 000 000 0 — 0 1 0
Brandon Flippen and Mike Latta. Kasey Gengler and Jordan Piatz. W—Flippen. L—Gengler. HR: CR—Joe Brinda.
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