OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION: Jamestown scores 20 runs in sweep of Aberdeen
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."
Prior the the game, Erickson, who's been in the three-spot for high school and Legion baseball, has gone 1-for-8 in two games. He is now hitting an even .500 (7-for-14) on the summer.
"He mentioned he'd like to hit a little deeper in the order and I thought this would be a great time to try it," said Post 14 coach Justin Connell. "He had a good batting practice session and it translated through in the game."
Erickson has been one of the consistent players for the Blue Jays and Post 14 in the lineup, at third base and a late-inning reliever. According to Erickson, he hasn't missed significant playing time since the 8th grade.
"He's going to stick out there at third base," Connell said. "That's his spot, he's earned it and so far nobody's taken it from him."
On the mound, Erickson made five relief appearances in high school baseball for a total of 9 2/3 innings. The reliever role is unique because Erickson only has 10 warm-up throws after coming in from third base.
"He's a steady guy on the mound," Connell said. "You're going to get strikes out of him, he's got good off-speeds and sneaks his fastball by.
"He only needs 9-10 pitches so he's one of those guys that when it's game time he's ready to roll."
Post 14 used a seven-run, nine-hit second inning to take a 8-0 lead in game 1. A six-run fourth frame put the game out of reach and ended the contest in five innings.
"They gave up a lot of free bases and we cashed in with RBIs," Erickson explained.
Tommy Falk traded in his catchers gear to start on the mound for game 1. Falk went the distance while allowing one run on three hits.
"It's tough to pull him out from behind the plate because we need him," Connell said of the all-state selection. "He has a good conditioned arm so I knew I could leave him out there for awhile. He went up there, threw strikes, spotted them up and put the ball in play. That's what we need out of our pitchers."
Game 2 starter Darynt Carroll, who's a golfer in the spring, threw 82 pitches in his first start of the summer during game 2. Carroll was one out shy of throwing a complete-game shutout but Aberdeen scored three runs to take a 4-3 lead in the final inning.
"I was questioning back and forth whether I let him finish or not but he's been wanting to pitch for about a week now," Connell said. "He had a split finger that was working as an out pitch, he was around the zone and made them put the ball in play."
Aberdeen didn't record an out in the final frame as Erickson drove in the tying run and Seth Weber scorched a ball between the legs of the third baseman for the walk-off hit.
Jamestown will travel to Washburn today for its first conference game of the year where Aaron Kleven and Ryder Lunzman will each start on the mound.
"I know they have some smaller numbers over there but in the past that's been a very good team," Connell said. "I'm not sure what we'll get out of the conference yet."
Jamestown Post 14 15, Aberdeen Jr. 1 (5 innings)
A 000 10 -- 1 3 1
J 171 6X -- 15 14 1
W--Tommy Falk. L--Aiden McCafferty.
Post 14 highlights: Tommy Falk 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 K; Jacoby Nold 3-3, 2 RBI, R; Chris Erickson 3-3, RBI, R, BB; Aaron Kleven 2-2, 2 RBI, R; Max Anderson 2-2, 2B, RBI, R; Jeremy Williams 1-3, R; Ryder Lunzman 1-2, 3B, 3 R.
Record: Jamestown 3-3.
A 000 13 -- 4 2 1
J 101 12 -- 5 11 3
W--Kohl Kratz. L--Tanner Merkel.
Post 14 highlights: Kohl Kratz 3-3, 2B, 0.1 IP; Chris Erickson 3-3, 3 RBI, Seth Weber 2-3, RBI; Darynt Carroll 4.2 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 K, 5 BB, 1-3, R; Max Anderson 1-2, R; Dawson Douty 1-2.
Record: Jamestown 4-3.