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The Cass County Catfish defeated the Jamestown Greyhounds 7-5 in the Class AA state amateur baseball tournament at Jack Brown Stadium on Sunday night. Cass County built a 5-0 lead and held on behind a strong pitching performance by Justin Wennerberg. The Foley, Minn., native allowed just one earned run on six hits with seven strikeouts. The Hounds were coming off a 24-hit barrage in the semifinals against Vallley City.
Play will resume at 11:30 a.m. at Jack Brown Stadium for the Class AA state amateur baseball tournament. Diamond-preparation master Tom Gould and his team of Paul Hanson, Danny Fischer, Nate Soulis and Jim Klemann started working on the field at 6 a.m. Sunday morning to get it playable. Lot of rain in Jamestown Saturday and Sunday. Tolna and Valley City will play at about 11:30 a.m. with the schedule TBD after that.
Rain has washed out the Class AA state amateur baseball tournament and racing on Saturday in Jamestown. One baseball game was completed on Saturday at Jack Brown Stadium as the Cass County Catfish defeated the Beulah-Hazen Blackjaws 8-0. The baseball tournament will resume on Sunday at 9 a.m. with Tolna playing the Valley City Saints. The remaining schedule will be determined after the first game on Sunday. Races at Jamestown Speedway also have been rained out for the second consecutive week.
The changeup was not working for Kalton Agnes on Friday night. That's OK, everything else was. The Langdon, N.D., lefty fired an eight-inning no-hitter in the Enderlin Indies' 1-0 win over the Valley City Saints in the opening game of the Class AA state amateur baseball tournament. Agnes, a key pitcher for Mayville State during the college season, struck out 16 batters in the crisply-played affair. The game took just 91 minutes Friday night at Jack Brown Stadium.
Tim Smith recently conquered civil engineering at NDSU. Compared to that, getting a few knocks at the ballpark is no big deal. However, the former Jamestown High School multi-sport performer didn't seem overly impressed with his performance at the plate Friday night for the Jamestown Greyhounds. "Sometimes, you can get a little lucky," he joked.
The Elks and Merchants have been the marquee amateur baseball teams in the state for decades. But, another Jamestown team has designs of building a similar legacy. Although, doing so is not easy. Jamestown Greyhounds manager Danny Fischer is tasked with keeping the Hounds on the hunt. He and his teammates have been doing quite well, winning two straight Class AA state tournament championships. The trick now, and it's not easy, is keeping it going.
Cole Bell likes being busy. That should not be a problem for the foreseeable future. Bell was announced as the new head coach of the University of Jamestown hockey team on Tuesday, but he's not in North Dakota just yet. He has two weeks of training to complete in the Army Reserves. "I'll get up to Jamestown about the same time the boys are," Bell said in a phone interview from Virginia on Tuesday. "I'm wrapping up the last few little steps here. As soon as this is over, I'll be on my way to Jamestown."
Tyler Kosel knew early in his life he wanted to be a football coach. The Edgeley, N.D., native and former Valley City State football player, begins his first season today as head coach at one of the marquee high school programs in the state. Kosel was hired as head coach at Fargo South last spring. The Bruins, owners of 13 state championships the most in North Dakota, begin practice today.
Cole Bell has been hired as the new hockey coach at the University of Jamestown. Bell had been an assistant coach for the Jersey Shore Wildcats of the North American 3 Eastern Hockey League. The Davenport, Iowa native played college hockey at Lebanon Valley College, which like Jamestown, plays at the ACHA Division I level.
Staying fit is important to Ben Smith. It's part of his job. It paid off competitively last weekend.