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KEEPING IT LOW: Douty uses ground ball outs to sink Capitals

Jamestown's Dawson Douty fires a pitch Friday to a Bismarck Capitals batter at Jack Brown Stadium. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 2
Jamestown's Aaron Kleven takes a swing at a pitch Friday at Jack Brown Stadium. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 2

Jamestown Post 14 starting pitcher Dawson Douty gave his infield a workout during game 1 of a American Legion baseball conference doubleheader against the Bismarck Capitals.

The ball didn't leave the infield for the first 11 hitters, as Douty forced seven groundouts or flyballs through 3 2/3. Overall, the game 1 starter pitched seven innings of two-run, three-hit ball as Post 14 cruised to a 9-2 victory in the opener.

Jamestown completed the sweep with a 9-0 shutout win in the nightcap Friday at Jack Brown Stadium.

"He likes to attack the low parts of the zone," said Post 14 coach Justin Connell of Douty. "He's a contact style pitcher, none of our guys will really blow it by anybody, so we like to work for that low contact and that's what he did. He kept them off-balance and did a nice job getting the ball to his infielders."

In the fourth inning, Douty cruised through the top-two hitters in the order but Preston Eagleson broke up the perfect game with a single to right field. Kohl Kratz, the right fielder, tried to save the perfecto with a throw to first base but it sailed high.

"I liked seeing the guys give that extended effort to keep the perfect game alive but it was early," Connell said. "He was pitching well enough going through the lineup for something like a perfect game to happen."

The Capitals scored off a fielders choice in the fifth inning. The only big mistake Douty made all evening was an RBI double by Mason Kary that cut Jamestown's lead to 4-2 an inning later.

"I haven't thrown in awhile," Douty said, who hasn't pitched since June 18 against Lockport (Ill.) "It felt good to be back. My fastball was working and I didn't throw much off-speed pitches."

Ryder Lunzman took the ball for game 2 and gave Jamestown a seven-inning, five-hit, complete-game shutout, while striking out 10 Capital hitters.

It was looking as if Lunzman would also flirt with a perfect game after retiring the first six hitters on four pitches or less but back-to-back singles by the bottom of the order ruined that opportunity.

"Dawson had a chance to run for awhile without any hits and the first time through the lineup felt the same thing with Ryder," Connell said. "They're a similar style pitcher that will keep the ball low and work their infielders."

Despite the lopsided score, Lunzman kept the energy up by striking out the last five batters he faced.

On the offensive side, three-hole hitter Tommy Falk went 4-for-5 during the doubleheader with six RBIs. Falk, who was the leadoff hitter Wednesday in Bismarck, showed off his newly acquired speed with a two-RBI, bases-clearing triple down the right-field line to give Jamestown a 3-0 lead during game 2.

"I only had one triple this spring with the Blue Jays. So, I'm not very fast," Falk said with a smile. "It worked well, I got a well-placed ball and got to drive in some runs."

Post 14 (9-7) is now undefeated in Class A Southwest Division conference play with six victories. The final conference games remaining is an away-home matchup with the Bismarck Reps on July 12-13.

"Being at the top of the conference was something we were working for," Connell said. "The guys have been playing hard and playing well. They've earned it."

Jamestown will now travel to South Dakota on Monday, July 2, for a rematch with Aberdeen Jr. Legion. Post 14 won 15-1 (5 innings) and 5-4 back on June 13.

"We got some guys planning to travel and some that won't be around," Connell said. "We'll have at least 10 guys in a non-conference game. I'm not too worried if wins or losses happen there."

Game 1

Jamestown 9, Bismarck Capitals 2

B 000 011 0 -- 2 3 2

J 310 005 X -- 9 13 1

W--Dawson Douty. L--Mason Kary.

Post 14 highlights: Tommy Falk 3-3, 4 RBI; Chris Erickson 3-4, RBI, R; Drew Murray 2-4; Dawson Douty 1-4, R, 7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 6 K, 2 BB; Ryder Lunzman 1-2, R, 2 BB; Max Anderson 1-4, 2 R; Kohl Kratz 1-4, 4 RBI; Isaac Mimong 1-3, R.

Record: Jamestown 8-7.

Game 2

Jamestown 9, Bismarck Capitals 0

B 000 000 0 -- 0 5 3

J 104 112 X -- 9 7 1

W--Ryder Lunzman. L--Cole Baumiller.

Post 14 highlights: Ryder Lunzman 2-4, 2 RBI, R, 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 10 K, 2 BB; Dawson Douty 1-3, 2 R; Tommy Falk 1-3, RBI; Max Anderson 1-3, RBI; Isaac Mimong 1-2, R; Aaron Kleven 1-2, RBI, R, BB.

Record: Jamestown 9-7.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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