Ageless Anderson on top again: Townies top Jays for Class AA championshipWhen it comes to Cory Anderson and amateur baseball age truly is just a number.
By: David Selvig, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
When it comes to Cory Anderson and amateur baseball age truly is just a number.
As in his age is meaningless and the numbers he continues to put up defy the usually-undefeated Father Time.
The 46-year-old North Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Famer, carved up yet another team full of players half his age to lead the Jamestown Tarno Townies to an 8-2 win over the Fargo Jays in the Class AA championship game on Sunday.
Winning, even for someone as accomplished as C.A., as he’s known on the diamond, remains enjoyable, or put another way, “The walk to center field never gets old,” he said. That rite of passage reserved for a team picture under the scoreboard.
The heavy majority of Anderson’s accomplishments came with the Jamestown Elks. It was with the Elks going way back to 1992 when for the first time Anderson pitched both ends of a doubleheader, which since has been a trademark of his career.
It continues even now, some 20 years later.
Anderson worked six innings of effective relief as the Townies rallied past Fairmount in pool play on Saturday at Jack Brown Stadium. Just over 24 hours later, Anderson spun seven more effective frames for his second win in two days.
Will he be sore when he wakes up today?
“Maybe a little more than normal,” he said. “Over time, if you do something enough your body is able to adapt. It’s like a marathon. You kind of train yourself. … It also helps to throw 300-400 innings of batting practice a day.”
Anderson, of course, has been the JHS baseball coach the past four years, following his long run as the Valley City State baseball coach.
Most of the Fargo Jays were around the age of most college teams, but two runs on eight hits was all they could muster. They did contribute to their own demise by committing four outs on the bases.
“The three pick-offs helped. I’m trying to minimize pitches the best I can,” said Anderson, who came into the weekend with a tender hamstring and then tweaked a quad in his first at bat Sunday.
It seemed to matter little, however.
He got a big 4-0 lead after Fargo pitcher Cole Honl walked six of the first nine batters of the game before being yanked, but by then it was already 4-0 even though Jamestown did not have a hit.
If the four runs didn’t put it out of reach, and with Anderson on the mound it basically did, Nico Moreno iced it with a two-run double to right-center field in the bottom of the third.
Sam Joseph had two hits and two RBIs. The Townies had just six hits, but drew nine walks.
Honl, Dylan Deavy and Andrew Herrian were each 2-for-3 for Fargo.
It was a successful couple of days for the Anderson family. Son Brady was on the Jamestown Hounds team that won the Class A title, while daughter Kadie and her team won a state championship in softball.
“It was a good weekend,” Cory said.
Class AA championship
Jamestown Tarno Townies 8, Fargo Jays 2
Fargo 000 101 0 — 2 8 3
Jamestown 403 010 x — 8 6 3
Cole Honl, Bryce Venaas (1), Marshall Dalziel (3), Matt Fiechtner (5) and Zach Quaife. Cory Anderson and Jason Falk. W—Anderson. L—Honl. 2B—Jamestown, Nico Moreno. SB—Fargo, Marshall Dalziel, Andrew Herrian. Jamestown, Moreno 2.
Sun sports writer Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at email@example.com