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The Rematch: Hounds, Catfish play for AA title

Danny Fischer of the Jamestown Greyhounds watches one of his four hits during Sunday’s Class AA tournament semifinal game at Jack Brown Stadium. John M. Steiner/ The Sun1 / 2
Hounds second baseman Ryan Sand throws to first base. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 2

For the second straight year, the Jamestown Tarno Townies and Cass County Catfish played for the Class AA state amateur baseball tournament championship.

The game started at 9 p.m. The start of the tournament was delayed 3 1/2 hours on Sunday due to the wet weekend weather. For a story on the game go to It will also appear in Tuesday’s print edition of The Sun.

The Hounds pounded out 24 hits in just five innings to advance to the championship game. The Jamestown team was looking for its third straight Class AA crown.

In the Hounds’ 15-0 semifinal win over Valley City, Danny Fischer and Riley Schafer went a combined 8-for-9 in the top two spots in the batting order. In the top of the fifth inning alone, Fischer, Schafer, Jake Stilwell and Robbie Rocamora had two hits each.

Pitching-wise, Rocamora allowed just three hits in five shutout innings.

Cass County 9,                                                                                                       Enderlin 0

Aaron Stemen pitched Cass County back into the championship game.

The former LaMoure High School standout fired a three-hit shutout to lead the Catfish over Enderlin 9-0. Stemen also had two hits in the game.

The Catfish scored in every inning except the fifth. Cody Kingsbury had two hits and two RBI. Hunter Baldwin also collected a pair of hits.

Valley City 5, Tolna 2

Valley City won a marathon on Sunday.

Anthony Necochea singled home winning pitcher David Whitaker with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning. Necochea finished 3-for-5.

Whitaker and Logan Lund both pitched well and each had 10 strikeouts. Three of Valley City’s runs were unearned.

Jon Lund went 3-for-3 with a walk for Tolna. Dalton Flaagan added two hits, including a double which missed being a home run by a foot, banging off the top of the right-field fence.

Enderlin 3, Tolna 2

Enderlin sealed its spot in the semifinals unconventionally.

With two outs and the bases loaded, Gareth Hanson scored on Tommy Lindgren’s swinging strikeout to give the Indies a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning. Lindgren reached on a wild pitch.

Lindgren made it last on the mound, working 6 1/3 innings. Kalton Agnes threw one pitch to get two outs with a ground ball double play to end the game in the bottom of the seventh.

Jayden Grover pitched well but took the loss for Tolna.

Cass County 8,                                                                                               Beulah-Hazen 0

Cass County got it going late in its tournament opener on Saturday.

Last year’s Class AA runners-up scored seven runs in the top of the sixth inning to put it on ice.

Pitchers Jared Meiklejohn (5 innings) and Beau Diegel (2) combined for a two-hitter.

Chad Limesand and Aaron Stemen each had two hits. Mitch Scherr added a ringing two-run double.

Class AA State TournamentSaturday’s gameCass County 8, Beulah 0CC 000 017 0 -- 8 9 0B 000 000 0 -- 0 2 4Jared Meiklejohn, Beau Diegel (6) and Alex Klever. Conor Doll and Kevin Flaagan. W--Meiklejohn. L--Doll.Highlights: Kenneth Hodem 1-4; Meiklejohn 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 4 SO, 1 BB, 1-4 2B, R; Aaron Stemen 2-4 2B, R, RBI; Chad Limesand 1-4 2B, R, RBI; Cody Kingsbury 1-3 2B, 2 R; Beau Diegel 0-2 RBI, R, 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H; Alex Klever 2-3; Mitch Scherr 1-2 2B, 2 RBI. BH, Cole Winbauer 1-3; Kevin Flaagan 1-3.Sunday’s gamesValley City 5, Tolna 2VC 010 000 013 -- 5 7 1

T 000 010 010 -- 2 8 4David Whitaker and Jacob Miller. Logan Lund and Lucas Geisler. W--Whitaker. L--Lund.Highlights: Tolna, Dalton Flaagan 2-3 2 R, 2B, BB; Jon Lund 3-3 RBI, BB; Derek Briss 1-4; Braden Sand 1-4; Giesler 1-4; Logan Lund 9 IP, 5 R (2 ER), 7 H, 10 SO, 4 BB. VC, Anthony Necochea 3-5 2B, RBI, 2B; Grant Wehesler 2-4 2B, RBI; David Whitaker 1-4 R. 9 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 10 SO, 1 BB; Eric Anderson 1-2 R; Dalton Ondracek 0-2 2 BB, 2 R.Enderlin Indies 3,                                                                                                                                          Tolna 2E 020 010 0 -- 3 5 4T 002 000 0 -- 2 5 0Tommy Lindgren, Kalton Agnes (7) and Zach Michaelson. Jayden Grover and Lucas Geisler. W-Lindgren. L--Grover. Save--Agnes.Highlights: Brandon Roesler 1-3; Kayl Hamre 1-3; Tommy Lindgren 1-3, 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 5 SO, 5 BB; Zach Michaelson 1-2 R; Gareth Hanson 1-2 2B, 2 RBI. T, Riley Nelson 0-1 3 BB, R; Jon Lund 1-2 R; Logan Lund 1-4 RBI; Derek Briss 0-2 RBI; Braden Sand 1-3; Ben Halverson 1-3; Giesler 1-3.SemifinalsCass County Catfish 9,                                                                                                                      Enderlin Indies 0, 6 InningsCC 312 201 -- 9 11 1E 000 000 -- 0 3 5Aaron Stemen and Jared Meiklejohn. Brandon Roesler, Agnes (5) and Michaelson. W--Stemen. L--Roesler.Highlights: CC, Hodem 0-2 2 R; Meiklejohn 1-4; Hunter Baldwin 2-4 2 R, RBI; Chad Limesand 1-3 R, RBI; Stemen 2-4 2B, R, 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 4 SO, 3 BB; Cody Kingsbury 2-2, 2 RBI; Tyler Kliniske 1-2 R; Beau Diegel 1-1; Mitch Scheer 1-4. E, Hamre 1-2; Lindgren 1-3; Neil Roesler 1-2.Jamestown Greyhounds 15,                                                                                                                      Valley City Saints 0, 5 InningsJ 340 08 -- 15 24 0VC 000 00 -- 0 3 2Robbie Rocamora and Riley Schafer. Chase Carpenter, Miller (5), Evan Casey (5) and Jacob Miller, Rodriguez (5) W--Rocamora. L--Carpenter.Highlights: J, Danny Fischer 4-5 4 R, RBI; Riley Schafer 4-4 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, BB; Jake Stilwell 3-5 3 R, RBI; Rocamora 3-5 2B, 2 RBI, R, 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 SO, 0 BB; Nolan Kratz 2-4; Brady Smith 2-4 2B, 2 RBI, R; Braxton Hewitt 2-4; Nate Soulis 2-3 RBI, 2 R; Ryan Sand 2-4 2 R. VC, Necochea 1-2; Grant Wehesler 1-2 2B; Logan Ondracek 1-2.

Dave Selvig

Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.

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