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Midgets double up Jays

With all the ground balls Jamestown was hitting Friday at Southside Municipal Ballpark, host Dickinson made sure to take advantage.

The Midgets turned three double plays, two of which were inning-ending in a 6-3 West Region baseball triumph. Perhaps the biggest came in the sixth inning, when the Blue Jays — down 4-3 — had bases loaded with one out, but watched as the Midgets turned a 6-4-3.

Dickinson started at the plate with a bang, scoring three runs in the first inning. Dylan Skabo reached on a walk and was driven in on a single by Luke Herauf, who also scored thanks to Michael McChesney double. Brett Schweitzer gave the Midgets their fourth hit of the first to plate McChesney for a 3-0 lead.

Jamestown starting pitcher Tyler Ukestad settled down the next three innings, while his counterpart — Mark Erickson — didn’t face much trouble until the fifth.

Erickson walked Nick Fuchs and allowed a single to No. 9 hitter Nate Soulis. Landon Weiser doubled to the right-field wall to score Fuchs, and Soulis came home on a wild pitch. Ukestad helped his own cause by tying the game with an RBI single to centerfield. The Blue Jays left the bases loaded in the fifth, a problem throughout the game. Jamestown stranded 10 runners in seven innings.

Dickinson responded with a run in the bottom half, mostly due to the skilled baserunning of Dylan Wallner. The No. 2 hitter singled to center and then stole two bases before coming home on a ground out.

Jamestown’s turn to answer was ended by the double play. The Blue Jays, who gave up two more runs in the seventh, had runners on second and third with one out in the seventh, but Dickinson again coerced a double play to end the game.

Erickson went 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out five. Reliever Luke Herauf earned the save, pitching 1 2/3 and giving up just a hit and a walk.

Ukestad was tagged with his second loss of the season, going all six innings. He gave up six runs on nine hits, walking four with one strikeout. He led the Blue Jays at the plate with a 2-for-4 effort. Nelson also had two hits, and Weiser finished 1-for-2 with a sacrifice, a hit-by-pitch, an RBI and a run scored from his leadoff spot.

McChesney had two doubles for the Midgets, who improved to 3-2 in the region and 7-2 overall.

Jamestown (2-4, 5-6) returns home to play Bismarck High on Tuesday at Jack Brown Stadium.

Dickinson 6, Jamestown 3

Jamestown  000 030 0 — 3 7 0

Dickinson  300 021 x — 6 9 3

Mark Erickson, Luke Herauf (6) and Andrew Heckaman. Tyler Ukestad and Joey Gebhardt. W—Erickson (2-0). L—Ukestad (0-2). Save—Herauf.

Highlights: J, Ukestad 2-4, RBI, Scott Nelson 2-3, walk, Landon Weiser 1-2, SAC, HBP, double, RBI, run, Nick Fuchs 1-2, run, walk, Nate Soulis 1-3, run.