Mandan takes 2: Chiefs sweep Jamestown hereOne inning meant the difference between winning and losing on Tuesday. Jamestown Post 14 starter Brady Anderson and reliever Tyler Ukestad fared well in six of seven innings, but a six-run fifth led Mandan to a 9-5 American Legion victory at Jack Brown Stadium.
By: By Chris Aarhus, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
One inning meant the difference between winning and losing on Tuesday.
Jamestown Post 14 starter Brady Anderson and reliever Tyler Ukestad fared well in six of seven innings, but a six-run fifth led Mandan to a 9-5 American Legion victory at Jack Brown Stadium.
Mandan completed the sweep by winning the nightcap 14-3.
“It was nice to come out that inning and really hit the ball,” said Mandan coach Ryne Jungling, whose team returned three starters from last year’s state championship squad. “We really needed that. We weren’t hitting the ball well early.”
Jamestown coach Shane Schoeneberg wasn’t fazed by the big inning, citing it as a big reason for the loss, but noting it’s just part of baseball.
“That’s what a lot of games come down to,” Schoeneberg said. “That one big inning.”
Post 14 laid claim to a 4-1 lead after four innings, and Anderson looked like he was about get out of the fifth untouched after striking out Derik Schaner and turning a Zach Scott single into an out by way of a pick-off.
But three walks, two hits, a hit batsman and an error led Mandan to six runs and brought on Ukestad, who gave up an RBI double before getting Scott to ground out to third to end the inning. Logan McDowall had a two-run single up the middle to highlight the inning.
Anderson suffered the loss, allowing seven runs, though only three were earned. He walked six and struck out three.
Schoeneberg said he didn’t think about pulling Anderson any earlier than he did.
“We don’t like to bring in a guy with the bases loaded,” he said. “We like to do it at the start of an inning and not in a big situation. Brady wanted the ball in that situation.
“This is where you get those experiences, so come tournament time, you can get those big outs.”
The game represented more offense from two teams that combined for 45 runs in a doubleheader split Thursday at Mandan.
“Both teams have pretty good hitters,” said Schoeneberg, whose team had four errors. “We’ve got to make a couple more plays.”
Landon Weiser singled and scored on an error in the third inning. He was followed by a two-run single from Jake Stilwell that put Post 14 ahead 3-1. Jamestown added another run in the fourth on Brady Anderson’s bases-loaded walk. Its final run came in the sixth, when Riley Schafer singled home Joey Gebhardt.
Mandan starter Brady Zittleman earned the win, laboring through all seven innings. He surrendered three earned runs on 11 hits, walking six and striking out one.
The offensive spark felt in the first game carried over into the nightcap for Mandan, which won 14-3.
Mandan scored two runs in both the first and second innings, and one more in the third.
However, it was a pair of two-run bombs from Aaron Janz and Parker Harm in the fourth inning that pushed Mandan out to a 9-1 lead, never looking back. Janz finished 3-4 with four RBIs, while Parker Harm was 3-for-5 with four RBIs.
Mandan’s Jared Walters picked up the win, holding Jamestown to three runs on six hits, walking one and recording a pair of strikeouts.
Jamestown got an RBI double in the first from Stilwell, and two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a Fischer single and an error. Anderson and Schafer also doubled for Jamestown.
Nick Fuchs took the loss, pitching into the fourth until he gave up the home runs.
Jamestown plays host to Minot at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Mandan, on the other hand, turns around to play Fargo and West Fargo the next two days before competing in a Fargo tournament this weekend.
Mandan 9, Jamestown 5
Mandan 100 061 1 — 9 9 2
Jamestown 003 101 0 — 5 11 4
Brady Zittleman and Tre Kautzman. Brady Anderson, Tyler Ukestad (5) and Joey Gebhardt.
Highlights: M, Tanner Schaf 2-3, walk, 2 R, Zach Scott 2-4, RBI, Logan McDowall 1-4, 2 RBIs. J, Riley Schafer 2-3, RBI, Joey Gebhardt 2-3, walk, 2 R, Kasey Gengler 2-4, Jake Stilwell 1-4, 2 RBIs.
Mandan 14, Jamestown 3
Mandan 221 400 5 — 14 14 2
Jamestown 000 000 2 — 3 6 0
Jared Walters and Jackson Wenstrom. Nick Fuchs, Joey Gebhardt (4) and Riley Schafer.
W—Walters; L—Fuchs. HR: M, Aaron Janz, Parker Harm.
Highlights: M, Janz 3-4, 4 RBIs, Harm 3-5, 4 RBIs. J, Brady Anderson 1-4, 2B, RBI, R, Anthony Cook 1-1, R, HBP, walk, Danny Fischer 2-4.
Sun sports writer Chris Aarhus can be reached at (701) 952-8462 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org