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Jamestown Post 14 third baseman Chris Erickson's knee wasn't 100 percent prior to Wednesday's non-conference doubleheader with Aberdeen Jr. Legion baseball but he sure looked quick. Erickson beat out three infield singles in game 1 and went 6-for-6 at the plate overall to help Jamestown sweep Aberdeen 15-1 (5 innings) and 5-4 at Jack Brown Stadium. "I was just relaxed," Erickson said. "Coach moved me down to No. 5 in the order because I was struggling at No. 3. I was stressed up there trying to do too much."
Mayville State University baseball coach Scott Berry has had one heck of a classroom over the past 37 years and counting. The place is now named after him: Scott Berry Field. Over nearly four decades, the coach has used the field to help teach both baseball and life lessons to players before they walk across the graduation stage each May. For Berry, that's been the most rewarding part of his coaching career.
Jamestown's Scott Bintz knows how hard it can be to hold off the younger WISSOTA Midwest Mods drivers. That's why he got out to big lead Saturday night at Jamestown Speedway. Bintz led every lap and beat out Travis Traut by 1.661 seconds to cruise back into victory lane for the second time this season. "I'm glad we started on pole because these young guys are hard to pass, let alone stay in front of so I appreciated getting a head start there," Bintz said in victory lane. "I'm happy to be in victory lane because you never know if you'll get there again."
Jamestown Post 14 American Legion baseball player Tommy Falk sent the Jack Brown Stadium stadium crowd home happy Friday night. With the score tied 5-5 against Fargo Post 400 in game 2, Falk pulled a ball that bounced off the right field wall to score Ryder Lunzman for the walk-off victory. Fargo scored two runs in the 10th inning in game 1 to split with Jamestown in non-conference action.
Over the past few years, Jamestown Post 14 American Legion baseball has struggled to compete with the bigger cities that have more players to choose from. This summer will be much different at Jack Brown Stadium. Post 14 has dropped from the AA level down to A this season, something that coach Justin Connell has been pushing for. "I was a big proponent to push into that A level because of the bigger Bismarck and Fargo teams," Connell said. "We now play schools with similar enrollments to us. I think it'll be a competitive level but we won't blow anyone away."
Former Jamestown High School boys soccer player Joe Parsons was never teammates with Minot's Evan Bolinske or Avery Weishaar during his career. But Wednesday night at Rotary Field, the trio built chemistry really quickly during the Rotary East-West senior soccer match Parsons, a University of Jamestown soccer commit, scored off a feed from Avery Weishaar in the 15th minute to help the West Region seniors defeat the East 4-1.
Hillcrest Ladies' Day winners Hillcrest Ladies' Day event winners for June 5 were as follows: Karen Olson was closest to the pin on Hole 2 (16 feet, 7 inches), Alice Williams was the door prize winner and Yvonne Fuglestad had the longest drive on No. 12 and was the mystery game winner. Jimmie softball finishes 18th University of Jamestown softball finishes 18th in the last NAIA Coaches' top 25 poll of the spring. The Jimmies finished 44-10 and lost in the NAIA national championship opening round.
Former Jamestown High School softball players Sydney Soulis and Oliva Nihill never imagined playing second base and shortstop together, but it happened during the North Dakota Scheels East-West softball all-star series. "It was really fun to play with her up the middle because she's usually behind the plate," Nihill, the shortstop, said. "It was nice to play the last game of our careers together."
Carrington High School pitcher Jayden Shipman gave the Saturday Jack Brown Stadium crowd a preview of what to expect from the Valley City State University baseball commit next spring. The senior threw a complete-game shutout, while limiting Beulah to four hits in the Cardinals' 7-0 victory over the Miners during the Class B third-place game.
JAMESTOWN, N.D—Park River-Fordville-Lankin's Thomas Magnusson hit a ground ball just about as hard as a high school baseball player could Saturday at Jack Brown Stadium. But that's all he needed to do. The senior drove in the biggest run of his career in the championship game of the state Class B baseball tournament with a one-out fielder's choice that scored Adam Zalvalney for the go-ahead run against Thompson. The Aggies eventually clinched a 7-3, eight-inning victory to clinch their second straight state title over the Tommies.