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ROUGHRIDERS RIDE ON: Gillette takes title from Post 14

Post 14 third baseman Chris Erickson reaches to tag out Gillette's Caleb Driskill during Sunday's action at Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 2
PHIL BROWN CLASSIC: Post 14 falls to Gillette (Wyo.) in tournament championship at Jack Brown Stadium. A52 / 2

The ball kept carrying and carrying off the bat of Gillette's Brody Richardson. Unfortunately for Jamestown, it came at the wrong time.

With the score tied at 3-3 in the sixth inning, Richardson hit a high fly ball to right field that went over Kohl Kratz's head and to the Jack Brown Stadium wall. The double scored Hayden Sylte and Mason Powell, the eventual game-winning run, to give the Roughriders a 5-3 lead.

Jamestown scored one run in the sixth but it wasn't enough as Gillette (Wyo.) won the Phil Brown Classic championship with a 5-4 victory Sunday night at Jack Brown Stadium.

"He's new to outfield this year," Post 14 coach Justin Connell said of Kratz. "He's not as familiar with baseballs hit like that. We'll practice that and he'll get more comfortable with that play."

Jamestown cut the lead to 5-4 with a sacrifice fly by Aaron Kleven, but a lineout to the Roughriders' Sylte at second base ended the inning. Tommy Falk reached on a walk with one out in the seventh but a hard-hit line drive by Chris Erickson ended the contest.

"You have a hard-hit ball, a kid trying to make it to the next base and maybe just a lapse in line ball judgement," Connell said. "But it's just a bunch of kids trying to win a game."

Ryder Lunzman started on the mound for Post 14 and was clinging to a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning. After the first two runners reached base, Mason Powell singled home Zach Brown, the tying run, with no outs.

Even with go-ahead run on base, Connell said he wasn't going to go with reliever Chris Erickson until Lunzman reached the pitch count limit.

"He was going to throw all 105 pitches and we were going to go with Chris next if the game happened to go into extra innings," Connell said. "His plan is to finish—he wants all 105 pitches—and he's going to use them.

"Ryder is one of the best guys I got under pressure."

Lunzman's final line was seven innings pitched, five runs (two unearned), nine hits and six punchouts.

Gillette used three pitchers including starter Joesph Harris, the younger brother of University of Jamestown baseball player Joe Harris.

"They're a very deep pitching staff," Connell said. "They threw guys we weren't intimidated by—we were looking to hit the ball and we did. We struckout a few times but it was one of our best performances at the plate with the type of pitching we've seen."

Jamestown's game against the Bismarck 15s has been canceled for today at Jack Brown Stadium. Next up will be an away-home conference matchup with the Bismarck Reps.

Jamestown uses 18-run frame to beat Minot

Sunday morning's Phil Brown Classic opener between Jamestown Post 14 and the Minot Metros had just about everything an American Legion baseball game could have.

Both teams combined for 44 runs, 29 hits and seven errors. There was also an 18-run inning, a 16-run comeback, a 46-minute rain delay and an coach ejection.

Jamestown scored 18 runs in the fourth inning to take a two-run lead after being down 18-2 a half inning prior.

Post 14 just needed six more runs after the 18-run inning to cap off a 26-18 victory over the Metros at Jack Brown Stadium.

"I've never seen a game like that in my life—that was impressive," said Post 14 coach Justin Connell with a laugh. "I don't know what else to say about that."

After Minot put up six runs in both the second and third innings to take a 12-0 lead, heavy precipitation and thunder in the area halted the game for 46 minutes.

When the weather finally cleared, Jeremy Williams recorded Post 14's first hit of the game in the third inning. Williams and Jacoby Nold later came around to score on a single and double, respectively, as Jamestown trimmed the deficit to 12-2.

"We went in the locker room and had a nice talk with coach Connell about what our approach was going to be and how we're going to attack this game," said Post 14's Chris Erickson, who finished 3-for-6 with six RBIs and three runs scored.

Minot tagged Nold, who relieved starting pitcher Kohl Kratz, for six runs (one earned run) on four hits to increase the Metros' lead to 18-2 in the top of the fourth.

However, Jamestown mounted a comeback for the ages.

Post 14 scored 18 runs, on eight hits, while sending 21 hitters to the plate during the massive 18-run fourth frame. Twelve of the runs scored were with two outs.

"The main thing I said was we weren't going to win it with one swing but swing after swing," Connell said. "They just really bought into that and every guy kept the rally going. I can't really pick one spark."

Overall, eight Post 14 players combined for 16 RBIs during the rally that was highlighted by Erickson's bases-clearing, three-RBI single to left field, trimming the deficit to 18-17.

"I was looking first pitch," Erickson said. "I like to be aggressive on a pitch I like to hit and then just attack it."

Minot nearly escaped the horrid fifth inning with the lead after Erickson was caught between first and second base but he managed to slide into first just before Preston Jones applied the tag. Metros assistant coach Dalton Cooper was not happy with the call and was sent home early after the home-plate umpire ejected him.

"Honestly, was I safe? No, I wasn't," Erickson said with a laugh. "He tagged me on the helmet and I was out."

Jamestown tacked on another pair of runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth frame to secure the 3 hour, 33-minute victory against Minot.

Both teams' pitching staffs combined for 22 walks, six hit batters and a grand total of 402 pitches. Jamestown and Minot each used three pitchers.

This is the third comeback victory for Post 14 after coming back from three runs down to defeat Fargo Post 400 6-5 on June 8 and two runs down in the final inning against the Aberdeen Jr. to win 5-4 on June 13.

"It's a tough group of kids and they don't come to Jack Brown Stadium to lose," Connell said. "They're going to give it everything they got and now that's very evident."


Game 1

Jamestown 3, West Fargo 0

WF 000 000 0 -- 0 3 0

JAM 000 030 X -- 3 8 1

W--Dawson Douty. L--Carter Evenson.

Post 14 highlights: Dawson Douty 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 1-2; Max Anderson 2-3, RBI; Ryder Lunzman 1-3, R; Kohl Kratz 1-2, RBI; Drew Murray 1-3; Isaac Mimong 1-3; Aaron Kleven 1-3, R.

Record: Jamestown 11-8.


Game 1

Jamestown Post 14 26, Minot Metros 18

MIN 066 600 0 -- 18 11 4

JAM 002 (18)24 0 -- 26 18 3

W--Jacoby Nold. L--Dylan Buchanan.

Post 14 highlights: Chris Erickson 3-6, 6 RBI, 3 R; Andrew Haugland 3-5, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB; Jakob Schemp 3-5, 2 RBI, 3 R; Dawson Douty 2-3, RBI, 2 R; Tommy Falk 2-4, 4 RBI, 3 R; Isaac Mimong 2-5, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB; Drew Murray 1-3, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB; Jeremy Williams 1-3, RBI, 3 R; Jacob Nold 1-3, 2 RBI, 2 R; Max Anderson 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 K, 3 BB.

Record: Jamestown 12-8.

Game 2

Gillette (Wyo.) 5, Jamestown 4

GIL 011 003 0 -- 5 9 4

JAM 102 001 0 -- 4 4 2

W--Hayden Sylte. L--Ryder Lunzman.

Post 14 highlights: Ryder Lunzman 7 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 9 H, 6 K, 2 BB; Dawson Douty 1-3, 2 R; Chris Erickson 1-4, RBI; Kohl Kratz 1-3, R.

Record: Jamestown 12-9.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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