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Post 14 swept by Senators

Jamestown Post 14's Chris Erickson throws a ball over to first base during its American Legion baseball opener against Fargo Post 400 on June 8. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Jamestown Post 14's offense had no answer for Bismarck Senators' pitcher John Sammons Thursday night in American Legion baseball action from the Capital City.

Sammons pitched a one-hit, complete-game shutout, while striking out 11 as the Senators cruised to a 5-0 victory over Post 14 in the opener. Bismarck completed the sweep with a 9-5 win during the nightcap.

"The first game we ran into a guy that threw really well," said Jamestown coach Justin Connell. "He had a good curveball and we couldn't catch up with him. We had some good at-bats but ran into a great pitcher."

Leadoff hitter Tommy Falk took advantage of an error on second baseman Cole Welk to break up the opportunity for a perfect game in the first inning. Falk, who's usually the cleanup hitter, stole second base, advanced to third on a passed ball but was left stranded 90-feet away.

"He's got some of the best contact on the team," Connell said about moving Falk to the leadoff spot. "So I thought I'd stick him up there and get some wheels on base with a courtesy runner."

Sammons still had a goose egg in the hit column until No. 7-hole hitter Proesten Kroeber singled to left-center field with two outs in the fifth inning.

"We brought Proesten in from the Babe Ruth team," Connell said. "He was behind in his first at-bat but the pitcher went inside and he drove the ball up the middle."

Falk traded in his catchers glove for a chance to start on the mound where he went 4 2/3 innings, while allowing five earned runs on seven hits. The high school Class A all-state selection gave up two runs in the first inning and three more in the fifth before being relieved by Mimong for the remaining 1 1/3 innings.

"Falk did all right," Connell said. "He didn't have much command of his curveball today. Keeping Bismarck to a 5-0 win was a success.

"We just have to give him more bullpen time during practice."

With Post 14 trailing 4-0 during game 2, Kroeber drove in Jakob Schempp with a single to left-center field and Max Anderson hit two more runners in with a two-RBI double to center field in the fourth inning to trim the deficit to one run.

"It was just one big hit," Connell said. "We got our second hit and put a run across. Max Anderson hit a double to clear the bases. It was a relief off their shoulders and they played with more enthusiasm after."

Bismarck responded with four runs in the bottom half of the fourth to put the game out of reach.

Jamestown will host the Bismarck Capitals at Jack Brown Stadium today at 5:30 p.m. This will be the fifth and sixth game Post 14 has played in three days.

"I don't know what to expect out of the Bismarck Capitals," Connell said. "They're a project out of Shiloh and I think it's their second year as a legion program. I haven't seen the guys before but I know the junior varsity team is a gritty side."

Game 1

Bismarck Senators 5, Jamestown Post 14 0

JAM 000 000 0 -- 0 1 0

BIS 200 030 X -- 5 7 1

W--John Sammons. L--Tommy Falk.

Post 14 highlights: Proesten Kroeber 1-2 (only hit); Tommy Falk 4.2 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 3 K, 5 BB; Isaac Mimong 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 K.

Record: Jamestown 7-6.

Game 2

Bismarck Senators 9, Jamestown 5

JAM 000 320 0 -- 5 8 3

BIS 400 401 X -- 9 10 1

W--Mark Sammons. L--Jacoby Nold.

Post 14 highlights: Jacoby Nold 2-4, 3.1 IP, 8 R, 6 ER, 9 H, 4 K, 1 BB; Jakob Schemp 2-3, 2 RBI, 2.2 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 3 K, 3 BB; Tommy Falk 1-4; Isaac Mimong 1-3, R; Proesten Kroeber 1-3, RBI; Max Anderson 1-2, 2 RBI.

Record: Jamestown 7-7.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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