Saints win counter, Blue Jays get splitA ragged start did in the Blue Jays on Monday. Jamestown High School errors led directly to both Bismarck St. Mary’s runs as the Saints won the West Region contest at Jack Brown Stadium 2-0 in a tidy 89-minute affair.
By: By Dave Selvig, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
A ragged start did in the Blue Jays on Monday.
Jamestown High School errors led directly to both Bismarck St. Mary’s runs as the Saints won the West Region contest at Jack Brown Stadium 2-0 in a tidy 89-minute affair.
The Blue Jays (2-3 West, 9-5 overall) did rebound to win the second game, 6-4.
It was the start of a busy 4-game week. They’re at home again today hosting Bismarck High.
“We were so sluggish to start the day out and that was really disappointing. We made two mistakes, two unforced mistakes, that were obviously crucial and hopefully that’s something we can learn from and be better in those situations,” JHS coach Cory Anderson said.
Preston Tescher and Tyler Krenz put on a strike-throwing exhibition, but it was the Saints’ right-hander that won the duel that lasted only 89 minutes.
Tescher allowed just two singles and a double in the 3-hit shutout as the Saints took the region game, 2-0.
All Krenz allowed was a single run in the top of the first and an unearned run in the third. Otherwise the tall right-hander was sharp again, going all seven to take the hard-luck loss.
The Blue Jays did threaten a handful of times.
Jake Stilwell and Tyler Ukestad singled to start the bottom of the second, but a base-running miscue gave the Saints an out, and then Tescher worked out of trouble.
“We want to be aggressive on the bases, we’d never criticize anybody for that, we just got caught in no man’s land,” Anderson said. “You don’t want to give outs away and we did that on too many occasions.
“We need to find a way to manufacture runs and get some timely hits.”
Stilwell doubled in the bottom of the sixth with two outs, but was left there.
In the bottom of the seventh, Riley Schafer came up with a runner on second and hit a sharp grounder down the third base line, but it was gloved by Jacob Brucker and his throw to first was scooped beautifully by Chris Klym to end the game.
JHS 6, BSM 4
Brady Anderson fanned nine Saints in five innings and went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in the nightcap, a 6-4 JHS win.
The Blue Jays scored three in the first and two more in the second and never trailed.
Ukestad doubled and drove in two runs in the win and Danny Fischer scored twice. Landon Weiser also had a double.
Bismarck St. Mary’s 2, Jamestown 0
Saints 101 000 0 — 2 7 0
Blue Jays 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
Preston Tescher and Brandt Haskell. Tyler Krenz and Joey Gebhardt. W—Tescher. L—Krenz. 2B—JHS, Jake Stilwell.
Jamestown 6, Bismarck St. Mary’s 4
Saints 100 21 — 4 5 0
Blue Jays 320 1x — 6 7 3
Christian Smith and Will Renner. Brady Anderson and Cody Benson. W—Anderson. L—Smith. 2B—JHS, Landon Weiser, Anderson, Tyler Ukestad.
Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org