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It's been rare lately where the three amateur baseball state champions come from different communities. But this year, that's what happened. As a result, the MVPs also come from different parts of the state. For Bryan Erstad and Aaron Stemen, MVPs are nothing new, both have won it previously. But Dalton Flaagan is a first-timer. After playing club baseball at NDSU, Flaagan is now back home in Tolna working in the ag industry. Flaagan and a number of his high school friends and teammates made a convincing run through the Class A field.
Stiff winds made the Links of North Dakota more challenging than usual on Monday. Still, Jamestown's Sarah Azure was able to survive for a solid second-place finish at the Williston Invite. The Blue Jays finished fifth out of eight teams, five strokes behind Williston. "You had to put a little more care into club selection whether you were going into the wind, or if the wind was at your back," JHS coach Tracy Gustafson said. "It was a long, difficult round for everybody, but the girls had the stamina to keep going."
The University of Jamestown women's soccer team set a high bar last season. Head coach Nick Becker says there's no reason to settle for anything less this time around as his team opens the season today. The Jimmies registered 12 victories last fall, second-most in the 20-year history of the program. When healthy, which they are not right now, the Jimmies return nine starters. Still, Becker expects to field a strong side when Northwestern College (Iowa) visits today at 3:30 p.m.
Sam Hirchert logged almost 11 innings on the mound Sunday at Jack Brown Stadium. The question after leading the Jamestown Miller Lite Merchants to the Class AAA state amateur baseball tournament championship was pretty obvious. How was the ol' right arm feeling? "Not good. I am going to feel really awful tomorrow," the former Mayville State standout joked. "I was definitely not expecting to throw 10 2/3 innings today."
The Jamestown Miller Lite Merchants defeated the Jamestown Elks 11-2 in the Class AAA state amateur baseball tournament championship game on Sunday at Jack Brown Stadiuim. Sam Hirchert pitched the final 10 2/3 innings on the mound for the Merchants, who beat Mayville in extra innings (8) in the first game on Sunday. Hirchert logged all nine innings against the Elks, an 11-1 win. Dan Ross clubbed a grand slam for the Merchants in the ninth inning. Andrew Hill went 3-for-4 to pace the Merchants. Ross, Anthony Fontana, Bryan Erstad and Preston Jensen added two hits each.
The Jamestown Elks outscored their two opponents 16-3 on Saturday to advance to the championship game of the Class AAA state amateur baseball tournament in Jamestown. Cole Torgerson and Ryan Iliff both turned in stellar pitching performances for the Elks, who are the defending Class AAA champions. The Jamestown Miller Lite Merchants and Mayville Redcaps are still alive. Both teams went 1-1 on Saturday. The two teams play at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The winner advances to the championship game to face the Elks at 3 p.m.
Plenty of former Jimmies have continued their baseball-playing days with the Elks. Not many are from further away than Corry Shevlin, though. The Perth, Australia, native—about 10,300 miles from here—came to then Jamestown College in 2011 and has been a member of the Elks ever since. "It was pretty expensive to go back and forth. A lot of of boys hung around in the summer—it's been a good time," said Shevlin, who has dual citizenship.
Travis Jones started his amateur baseball team, the Cass County Catfish, with the best of intentions. Turns out the secondary benefits are pretty good too. In just their second year as a team, Jones and the Catfish defeated the Jamestown Greyhounds 7-5 late Sunday night in the Class AA state amateur baseball tournament championship game at Jack Brown Stadium.
A pair of young Blue Jays turned in their best career scores on Monday. At the two-day East-West Classic at the Jamestown Country Club, sophomore Alyssa Zachrison shot a 97 and freshman Kyra Vogel finished at 98 as part of a solid performance by the home team. "Alyssa and Kyra had their best rounds in a tournament. They were pretty excited about that," said JHS coach Tracy Gustafson. "Overall, it went pretty well. We improved from our last tournament. That's always a plus when you improve round-to-round."
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 jamestownsun.com. It will also appear in Tuesday’s print edition of The Sun.