After falling to eighth-seeded Dickinson in the first round of the American Legion Class A West Division tournament Jamestown Post 14 was looking for a win Wednesday afternoon.
Unfortunately it was not meant to be for Post 14.
Post 14 fell to the Bismarck Capitals 4-0 Wednesday and the Caps took an early 1-0 lead in the second when Kade Trottier scored off of a passed ball. Bismarck extended its lead in the third when Preston Eagleson sent a fly ball to right field. The double sent Matt Miller and Josh Lardy home giving the Caps a three run lead in the third.
Post 14 head coach Sam Joseph said Bismarck showed a high level of play during Wednesday's matchup and that top seeded Post 14's game was not at its best during the Class A tournament.
"Bismarck pitched well and they played error free baseball (and) you’re going to win many games when you can do that," Joseph said. "(Post 14 had) too many free base passes these past two days. Our pitching was there for us all season and it wasn’t today or yesterday. Kohl did a great job of coming in and giving us a chance but we fell short. It happens, it’s part of the game."
On the mound, Aaron Kleven toed the rubber for three innings for Post 14. Kleven allowed four hits three runs and recorded five K's and in the fourth Kohl Kratz threw four innings in relief. Joseph said the team faced challenges on the mound and at the plate during the series.
"(It) wasn’t all on the pitching. We had many chances to put runs on and we didn’t. (We) chose a bad time to not play our best," Joseph said.
In the bottom of the first, University of Jamestown baseball commit Dawson Douty was the first to record a hit for Post 14. Chris Erickson gave Post 14 a second and third hit in the bottom of the fourth and fifth. Erickson led Jamestown's batting going 2-3 and recording two singles.
Post 14 dominated the Class A West Division regular season with a record of 12-2. Post 14 entered the postseason as the No. 1 seed and hoped to make an appearance at the Class A State tournament. Joseph said the team was disappointed with the end of the 2019 season but Joseph encouraged his team to use the feeling as motivation to be better people and better athletes.
"I told the guys that I appreciated them coming to the ballpark and working hard," Joseph said. "I appreciated the extra work they did to get better ... they made leaps and bounds from spring ball to now. It’s not want we wanted to do while here in Minot but that’s how the ball bounces and that’s how life goes. We have a few young men going to college next month. I hope that they take what they learned with us and apply it to their careers. The guys that will be back next year I challenge them to get better and to remember this feeling."
Bismarck 4, Jamestown 0
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Matt Miller, Peyton Eagleson (7) and Preston Eagleson. Aaron Kleven, Kohl Kratz (4) and Tommy Falk. W--Miller. L--Kleven.
Jamestown highlights: Kleven 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K; Dawson Douty 1-3, 1B; Chris Erickson 2-3, 2 1B.
Bismarck highlights: Miller 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 7 K; Josh Kolling 2-4, 2 1B, RBI; Reece Trottier 1-4, 1B; Peyton Eagleson 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI.