Bats go quiet: Bismarck Century rallies past JHSJamestown High School’s bats struck Bismarck Century hard in the first inning on Thursday. After that, they went into hiding.
By: By Chris Aarhus, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
Jamestown High School’s bats struck Bismarck Century hard in the first inning on Thursday.
After that, they went into hiding.
The Blue Jays held a 4-1 lead after the first, but managed just one base hit the rest of the way, as the Patriots rallied to an 8-4 win in West Region action at Jack Brown Stadium. Century took the non-region nightcap 6-3.
“I think we were hitting the ball hard all day, really,” said Jamestown senior Danny Fischer after his final prep game at Jack Brown. “The ball found some people. I thought we had good swings all day. I thought it was unfortunate that the ball found people.”
Though Century scored in the top half of the first, Jamestown exploded for four runs, largely aided by a run-scoring double from Brady Anderson. Jake Stilwell and Danny Fischer also had hits
“We all went up with the mentality that we’re gonna hit the baseball and not look to take pitches and stuff like that,” Anderson said.
The Jays forced Century starter James Kost to throw 38 pitches in the first, batting around the order. But Kost settled in as an Anderson single in the second served as Jamestown’s final hit. Kost hit two and walked five in the win.
“I think some of us were just trying to do too much (at the plate),” Anderson said. “That doesn’t really work. You’ve just got to go up and hit the ball.”
Century co-coach Mike Gustavvson said he felt Kost was effective.
“He wasn’t throwing bad pitches in the beginning,” he said. “He was throwing to contact. He made them put the ball in play early in counts. That’s what kept him in the game.”
Jamestown starter Riley Schafer allowed a run in the third and fifth innings, and his team still held a 4-3 lead after five. However, the Patriots added three unearned runs in the sixth off Fischer, who started the inning in relief. Jamestown committed three errors in the sixth and five in the game.
“It’s pretty disappointing,” said Fischer, who is normally the team’s shortstop and was referring to the team’s defensive struggles. “I know everyone’s working hard. We’ve just got to make plays. Hopefully, we can get it straightened out pretty quick here.”
Century’s Alex Bray and Hunter Walsh had a field day at the top of the lineup. Bray, who hits second, finished 4-for-4 with two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI. Walsh, a 3-hitter, was 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and four RBIs.
“I’m hoping that we’re starting to hit the ball now,” Gustavvson said. “That was a great game for us to go out and hit them hard.”
The second game seemed to be more of the same. Jamestown held a 3-0 lead going into the top of the fifth, when the Patriots struck for six runs to earn the sweep.
Jamestown was led by Schafer’s two RBIs. Tyler Ukestad had a double. Anderson suffered the loss in the complete-game effort.
The Blue Jays (18-12 overall, 6-7 region) play Minot at Surrey at noon Saturday.
Bismarck Century 8, Jamestown 4
BC 101 013 2 — 8 11 2
JHS 400 000 0 — 4 4 5
James Kost, Tom Fraase (7) and Hunter Walsh. Riley Schafer, Danny Fischer (6) and Joey Gebhardt.
Highlights: BC, Alex Bray 4-4, 2 2Bs, 3 R, RBI, Hunter Walsh 3-3, 2 2Bs, walk, 4 RBIs. JHS, Brady Anderson 2-4, 2B, R, Danny Fischer 1-3, walk, R.
Bismarck Century 6, Jamestown 3
BC 000 06 — 6 6 3
JHS 001 20 — 3 6 4
Hunter Walsh, Shane Wolf (4) and Mason Przybilla. Brady Anderson and Joey Gebhardt.
Highlights: BC, Ben Buchholz 2-3, 2B, Ryan Geselchen 2-3, 2 RBI. J, Tyler Ukestad 1-3, 2B, Riley Schafer 1-3, 2 RBI.
Sun sports writer Chris Aarhus can be reached at (701) 952-8462 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.