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Post 14's offense has big day in Mandan

Jamestown Post 14's Dawson Douty throws out a runner during a game against Aberdeen Jr. Legion on June 13. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Jamestown Post 14 scored 35 runs on 33 hits during a doubleheader in Mandan on Wednesday night and still almost left Veteran's Memorial Ballpark with a split.

With game 1 tied at 10-10 in the eighth inning, Kohl Kratz hit a one-out double down the right field line to become the game-winning run at second base. Drew Murray, the next hitter in the lineup, banked a RBI-double off the left field wall to give Jamestown the lead over the Mandan A's.

Jamestown eventually scored four more runs in the eighth to down the Mandan 15-10 in extra innings. Post 14's hot-hitting continued as it won the second game 20-8.

"When you blow a lead and the bottom half comes up big is huge," Jamestown coach Justin Connell said, referring to the five-run lead Post 14 blew in the sixth frame. "We slid Kohl Kratz into the sixth spot for getting on base purposes and Drew had a great performance in the seven-hole."

Jamestown had a 9-2 lead after its turn in the fifth frame but Mandan responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth and five more in the sixth to tie the contest up.

Along with Post 14's 15 runs and 16 hits, six players each had a multi-hit and multi-RBI game.

"We had some good at-bats up-and-down the lineup," Connell said. "We made pitchers work and found balls we could drive into the gap."

Aaron Kleven started for Post 14 where he went five innings and allowed five runs (two earned) on eight hits. Kleven was ultimately chased out after having 105 pitches.

"He did what Aaron Kleven does," Connell said. "He works quick and forces the opponent to put the ball in play. We had to pull him out because of pitch count or else we would've left him in since he was around the zone."

Drew Murray relieved Kleven but he only lasted 2/3 of an inning after allowing five runs, including the tying run to cross home plate. Max Anderson pitched the remaining 2 1/3 and held the A's to one hit.

Jamestown's offense erupted in game 2 with 20 runs on 17 hits, including 17 total RBIs. All 11 Post 14 players crossed home plate at least once.

"It was great," Connell said about the 20 runs and 17 hits. "It was good to see our five, six, seven and eight hitters produce in the lineup."

Kratz started game 2 and went 4 1/3 innings, where he gave up five earned runs on three hits. Chris Erickson came in and allowed three runs on a trio of hits.

Post 14 will head right back to the Capital City today to face the Bismarck Senators at 5:30 p.m. in non-conference action.

"There will be some good players from Shiloh Christian on that team," Connell said. "They're a 16-18 Babe Ruth team, similar to what we got. Knowing their coach, they'll put up a fight."

Game 1

Jamestown Post 14 15, Mandan A's 10 (8 innings)

JAM 303 211 05 -- 15 16 4

MAN 011 035 00 -- 10 13 4

W--Max Anderson. L--Ben Kleinknecht.

Post 14 highlights: Tommy Falk 3-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, R, BB; Dawson Douty 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R; Kohl Kratz 2-6, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R; Drew Murray 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R; Aaron Kleven 2-5, 2 RBI, R; Ryder Lunzman 2-4, 2B, 2 R.

Record: Jamestown 6-5.

Game 2

Jamestown Post 14 20, Mandan A's 8

JAM 251 241 5 -- 20 17 2

MAN 101 030 3 -- 8 6 4

W--Kohl Kratz. Charlie Liffrig.

Post 14 highlights: Max Anderson 4-5, 3 RBI, 2 R; Drew Murray 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R; Kohl Kratz 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R; Ryder Lunzman 2-5, 2B, 3B, RBI, 3 R; Tommy Falk 2-3, 3 RBI, R.

Record: Jamestown 7-5.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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