Jamestown Post 14 had the tying runner on second in the top of the seventh inning at Mandan on Thursday night, but its luck ran out. Mandan pitcher Mason Huntley worked through a jam that included two untimely errors as the Chiefs held on for an 7-6 Class AA nightcap win at Veterans Memorial Ballpark. Trailing 7-4 in the top of the seventh inning, Jamestown received a leadoff single from Carter Weiser, who moved to second on a wild pitch, to third on a ground out and then scored on another ground out.
Jamestown's offense found a way back into the game at Dickinson on Tuesday, but the host Roughriders couldn't be held down. A fast start boosted Dickinson to a 7-4 Class AA league win in American Legion baseball action at Southside Municipal Ballpark. The Riders used five runs in the first two innings to get the win, their first in statewide play. Jamestown starter Hunter Beckman labored through five innings, but watched his Post 14 team climb back into contention with three runs in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to one run at 5-4.
Addie Eamon picked up the speed of college volleyball rather quickly, but she can still remember a preseason scrimmage that left her exhausted her freshman season at Bismarck State College. "I looked at our coach (Jeni Walsh), and she could tell I was tired," said Eamon, a former all-state middle hitter for Jamestown High School. "After the first couple of games, I started to get the speed."
Bismarck's balanced lineup didn't waste any time getting down to business on Wednesday night. The Governors scored five in the first inning of the opener, and then led 4-0 in the nightcap before Jamestown Post 14 finally got on the board. Bismarck took the sweep 12-0 and 5-2 in Class AA Legion baseball at Jack Brown Stadium. Jamestown buckled down and kept Bismarck within striking distance in the second game, thanks to a gutsy performance from veteran Tanner Lunzman, who limited the damage in going all seven innings. The Governors never scored more than twice in any inning.
Jamestown senior Austin Rene shot one of his best rounds of the season, but it barely got him into the top 10 amid a field of blistering scores at the Class A state golf meet Tuesday at Minot's Souris Valley Golf Course. Rene carded a 76 including even par on the front nine, which has him in 10th place after day 1. Grand Forks Red River's Adam Van Raden and Minot's Cody Reynolds shot 3-under-par 69s to tie for the lead. Fargo Shanley's Pat Traynor is in third with a 70, while Bismarck St. Mary's Carter Klein shot an even-par 72 that puts him fourth.
Fargo Post 400 kept putting the ball in play, and it found a way. Braden Skrove reached on an error, scoring Andrew Myer and Devin Bush in the 10th inning as Post 400 claimed a hard-fought 9-6 win over Jamestown Post 14 in their American Legion season opener Tuesday at Jack Brown Stadium.
Staying home from the Class A state high school baseball tournament allowed Jamestown’s American Legion program to get a jump on things. With very little experience returning, first-year Jamestown Post 14 coach Justin Connell seeks as much preparation time as he can find. Post 14 plays host to Fargo Post 400 at 5:30 p.m., today at Jack Brown Stadium in what is its earliest opener in at least five years.
Austin Rene is looking to recapture the magic from his sophomore season. The Jamestown High School senior hasn't fared as well since, but started to put it together as of late. Then, an 82 at the West Region tournament last week meant a step back. The Blue Jays lost a tiebreaker for sixth place, meaning they didn't earn a trip to state. "That was really disappointing," Rene said. Rene and junior Eric DeBoer are heading to today's Class A state meet at Minot's Souris Valley Golf Course as the Blue Jays' only remaining golfers. Both qualified individually by score.
The Jamestown High School fastpitch softball team has been offensive juggernaut this season, but even sophomore Olivia Nihill was taken aback by their West Region semifinal win over Bismarck Century. "We put up nine on them," she said. "I was pretty impressed with our bats and what we could do." Jamestown takes its 8.3 runs per game into today's Class A state tournament at Trapper Field. The second-seeded Blue Jays (19-16) play East Region No. 3 seed Valley City (18-13) in the final game of the day.