WINNER IN EXTRAS: Post 14 splits with Bismarck Reps, play two more tomorrow
Post 14's Dawson Douty plated the go-ahead run with a single in an extra eighth inning Thursday in Bismarck, and Chris Erickson's two-run double provided the insurance.
Jamestown earned a two-game split against the Bismarck Representatives in American Legion baseball action, taking the nightcap 9-6 after dropping the divisional contest 2-1 to open the doubleheader. Jamestown and Bismarck will play two more today at Jack Brown Stadium beginning at 5:30 p.m.
After allowing the tying run to score with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Post 14's Jeremy Williams reached on an error to open the eighth. Douty, who went 2-for-4 in game 2 and led off a five-run first inning with a double, came through with the game-winning knock, scoring Williams from second base with a single to left.
Erickson did a little bit of everything. After striking out the side in sixth-inning relief of starter Drew Murray to preserve a 6-5 Post 14 lead, Erickson smoked a two-run double to right to plate Douty and Ryder Lunzman, essentially putting the game away.
Erickson finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs from the cleanup spot. Lunzman batted 3-for-5 with a triple and three runs scored.
"There were quite a few errors on the board and we really just had to battle," said Post 14 coach Justin Connell, as the two teams combined for nine errors in the finale. "It was kind of a sloppy game, but hats off to the guys. They kept battling and put a few runs across."
Lunzman and Murray both came through with RBI triples in the first inning, helping Jamestown leap out to an early 5-0 lead. But Bismarck battled back with four in the bottom half, as the game stay close throughout.
Murray allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out eight through the first five frames, and after Erickson's masterful sixth inning Max Anderson allowed the tying run to cross while attempting to lock up the save with two outs in the seventh. Reece Trottier scored Tyler Strand from third with a single to right.
Anderson, however, would notch the win, setting down the Reps 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the eighth.
Jamestown struggled to find the grass in the earlier one-run loss, which counted in the Class A Southwest Division standings. Post 14 connected for just three total hits against Reps pitcher Nick Hinsz, who collected five strikeouts and allowed just one walk through seven.
"We hit a lot of balls hard, but we hit it right at them or we got a little too under it and they were able to get underneath of them and make the play," Connell said. "(Bismarck) didn't make a lot of mistakes."
Bismarck scored both of its runs in the first inning, after it looked as if Post 14 and starter Aaron Kleven were going to escape a one-out, bases-loaded jam. Kleven got Cole Richey to pop out in foul territory, but with two outs Connor Weikum would score on a wild pitch and Skyler Reidinger trotted home on a passed ball.
Anderson touched home on a passed ball in the fifth, accounting for Post 14's lone run. Murray connected for the game's only extra-base hit—a triple—later in the inning with the bases empty.
"It was one of those things where we have to be ready to play," Connell said. "We weren't ready those first three innings and they took advantage of it."
It was Post 14's first Southwest Division loss of the season. Jamestown fell to 6-1 in the division and moved to 13-10 overall.
"We're going to throw Douty at them (today), so you know you'll get a good game out of him," Connell said. "Just keep trying to contact the ball hard and hopefully it'll fall into play a little more for us."
Bismarck Reps 2, Post 14 1
Post 14 000 010 0 -- 1 3 1
Bismarck 200 000 x -- 2 6 0
Aaron Kleven and Tommy Falk. Nick Hinsz and Skyler Strand. W--Hinsz. L--Kleven.
Highlights: Post 14, Kleven 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 SO, 3 BB; Drew Murray 1-2, 3B; Max Anderson 1-3, Isaac Mimong 1-2. Bismarck, Hinsz 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 SO, 1 BB; Connor Weikum 2-3
Post 14 9, Bismarck 6 (eight innings)
Post 14 510 000 03 -- 9 13 4
Bismarck 410 000 10 -- 6 9 5
Murray, Chris Erickson (6), Anderson (7) and Falk. Tom Richter, Troy Kuball (6) and Alex Krus. W--Anderson. L--Kuball.
Highlights: Post 14, Murray 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 8 SO, 3 BB, 1-4, 3B, RBI; Erickson 1 IP, 0 H, 3 SO, 3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI; Anderson 2 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 SO, 0 BB; Dawson Douty 2-4, 2B, RBI; Ryder Lunzman 3-5, 3B, RBI; Falk 2-5; Mimong 1-4, 2B. Bismarck, Richter 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 H, 4 SO, 2 BB; Kuball 3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 SO, 1 BB; Weikum 3-4, Jacie Trottier 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI; Reece Trottier 2-4, RBI.