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Can a team become numb to pinching itself? Carrington Post 25 has done plenty of that over the past few summers, winning a trio of American Legion Central Region baseball championships and three consecutive Class B state titles. Post 25 manager Tim Ranum and his club now have the task of not becoming too comfortable with a familiar surrounding. The road to a possible four-peat begins today in Steele, N.D., where Carrington will face Hazen Post 189 at 10 a.m. in the opening round of this year's Class B state tourney.
Post 14's season came to a close Tuesday in Williston. Mandan Post 40 jumped on Jamestown for seven runs in the second inning of play-in round action of the Class AA American Legion state baseball tournament at Ardean Aafedt Stadium, and Post 14 was unable to recover. The Chiefs topped Jamestown in seven innings by the final of 13-2. Post 14 ends the summer at 7-20 overall.
Post 14 baseball moms can't have any fingernails left to bite. Jamestown's American Legion team won six of seven games this summer by just a single run. That winning formula shouldn't change today during play-in action of the Class AA state tournament in Williston. Post 14 faces Mandan at Ardean Aafedt Stadium with its season on the line. Jamestown—in nail-biting fashion—swept Mandan by the identical scores of 4-3 during the regular season. First pitch is set for 4:30 this afternoon.
Veteran driver Todd Carter handed his nephew maybe the sincerest form of flattery in auto racing Saturday at Jamestown Speedway. A day after the red-hot Jonny Carter helped uncle Todd set up his WISSOTA Street Stock, Todd Carter held off Jonny for 20 laps to win Jamestown's AFCO Race of Champions Qualifier. Jonny finished second, snapping a string of two consecutive Jamestown feature victories. "He's had enough for a while," Todd Carter laughed. "Jonny came out (Friday) night and actually helped me scale it up. It drives way better than it did, so I gotta thank him."
Michael Hoffman, of Milford, Ohio, walked away from a scary incident Saturday at Jamestown Speedway. Hoffman rolled his pure stock violently off Turn 3 during the bomber heat races, exposing the driver to the elements as parts of the car's body and roof were torn free during the wreck. But Hoffman's roll cage withstood the series of brutal impacts and the driver was reported to be OK. Click through the photos above to see the incident unfold.
Don't tell Ashley Wampler winning at Jamestown Speedway is no big thing. The 24-year-old Aberdeen driver realized a dream Saturday. She held off the pack for all 15 laps of the bombers feature, collecting her first career win here. "This one I cried," Wampler said. "I cried all the way up (to victory lane) and I cried when I got out of the car." Wampler is no stranger to winning. Currently in the middle of her ninth season in the seat, she already had a pair of victories at her hometown track in Aberdeen this summer.
Royce Jawaski was flying Saturday night at Jamestown Speedway. The Horace, N.D. native clocked the fastest feature lap of the evening, en route to winning the 20-lap WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature race from the outside pole. Jawaski joined Aberdeen's Ashley Wampler (bombers), Lisbon's Jonny Carter (streets) and Underwood's Donald Robinson (A-mods) as the evening's feature winners.
Baseball is a game of second chances. West Fargo's Denver Blinn and Hunter Ulmer each bounced into perfectly executed 6-4-3 double plays early in Thursday's American Legion baseball doubleheader at Jack Brown Stadium. But the Patriots' big bats came through in extra innings of game 1. Blinn pushed in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th with a single, and Ulmer's RBI double followed to insure the visitors' 3-1 victory over Jamestown Post 14. Blinn and Ulmer bat No. 3 and No. 4 in the Patriots' stout order, respectively.
Spencer Wilson's night almost went up in flames with "Smokin'" Hank Berry on Saturday at Jamestown Speedway. The Minot driver ran into the back of Berry's No. 25 while leading and trying to complete Lap 17 of the 30-lap Dakota Classic Modified Tour main event. Berry, on the tail-end of the lead lap, was attempting to enter the pits at the entrance of Turn 3 when the near-disaster occurred.
Don't sleep on tonight's heat races at Jamestown Speedway. Drivers from across America won't be wasting any time in the opening round of the 28th annual Dakota Classic Modified Tour. A heat win not only guarantees a spot in the main event, it significantly ups the odds of capturing the final checkered flag of the night. The green flag flies on the largest modified touring series in the United States at 7 p.m. A total of 101 drivers from 17 states and Saskatchewan were pre-registered to race as of Friday evening.