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OFF AND RUNNING: Hounds open AA state tournament with victory

Jamestown's Kohl Kratz (1), playing second base for Fairview (Mont.), is unable to corral the ball as the Greyhounds' Danny Fischer (36) slides in safely Thursday at Jack Brown Stadium. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 3
Jamestown Greyhounds pitcher Jesse Prothero looks over at first base Thursday facing Fairview at Jack Brown Stadium. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 3
HOUNDS ADVANCE: Jamestown Greyhounds top Fairview in Class AA state amateur baseball action at Jack Brown Stadium. 53 / 3

Jesse Prothero lost a no-hit bid to lead off the fourth inning Thursday at Jack Brown Stadium, and then the University of Jamestown right hander reached back to find a little extra.

Prothero fanned the next three batters to strike out the side, helping the Jamestown Greyhounds cruise 10-0 over Fairview (Mont.) in five innings during opening-round action of the Class AA state amateur baseball tournament. Jamestown, looking for a third state title in four seasons, plays Tolna this Saturday at noon.

"I got into town not too long ago and got hooked up with (the Hounds)," said Prothero, a native of Mountlake Terrace, Wash., who'll be a senior for the Jimmies when NAIA fall ball begins this September. "It feels like home. I like Jamestown and it feels good to be out there."

Prothero allowed just two hits with seven strikeouts and a trio of walks through five frames. Kevin Flaagan, batting third for Fairview, posted a knock to lead off the fourth, and Jamestown eighth-grader Preston Gall legged out a pinch-hit, infield single for Fairview to lead off the fifth.

"I was out but the ump called me safe," said a maybe-too-modest Gall on the bang-bang play at first on a ground ball hit to Hounds shortstop Danny Fischer. "It was cool."

Fairview used a handful of local substitutes to fill out its game 1 lineup. Incoming Jamestown High School junior Kohl Kratz played second base and pitched the fourth inning for the visitors, while Gall's twin brother, Ethan, spent time at second and third, and a third Jamestown eighth-grader, Mason Lunzman, manned right field.

It was a day Preston Gall will certainly remember. Not too many kids just finding a use for shaving cream have recorded a hit off a college pitcher.

"I forgot my bag at my house because I didn't think I had to play," said Gall, who started in center but pinch hit for designated hitter Matt Rusch in the fifth. "I came here to work and shag balls and I ended up playing.

"It was fun, but we got beat though."

The Hounds' Nolan Kratz drove an RBI double to the base of the wall in left field to kick off the game's scoring in the bottom of the first. Tanner Lunzman then scored Kratz with a single to center and Riley Schafer's RBI double to the right-field corner made it 3-0.

Jamestown left fielder Jake Stilwell nearly hit the same spot in left as Kratz in the second, driving in two with a double. Run-scoring hits by Brandon Gange (single), Ben Bryant (double) and Fischer (triple) off Fairview starter Kyle Cote in the third broke the game open.

Fischer and Nolan Kratz each finished 2-for-3. Fischer crossed the plate three times in the game.

Tournament scores and schedules can be found below.

"It's a good time," Prothero said. "Hopefully we keep it going."

Jamestown Greyhounds 10, Fairview (Mont.) 0 (5 inn.)

Fairview 000 00 -- 0 2 5

Jamestown 325 0X -- 10 9 0

Kyle Cote, Kohl Kratz (4) and Andrew Jahnke. Jesse Prothero and Wyatt Kloos. W--Prothero. L--Cote.

Highlights: Greyhounds, Danny Fisher 2-3, 3B, RBI, 2 R; Nolan Kratz 2-3, 2B, RBI; Ben Bryant 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI; Jake Stilwell 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Tanner Lunzman 1-2; Riley Schafer 1-2, 2B, RBI; Ryder Lunzman 1-2; Brandon Gange 1-2, RBI, 2 R; Prothero 7 K, 3BB. Fairview: Preston Gall 1-1; Kevin Flaagan 1-2; Cote 3 K, 8 H, 1 BB; K. Kratz 1 H, 1BB.

Class AA State Amateur Tournament

At Jack Brown Stadium

Aug. 8

Game 1: Cass County 14, Steele 0.

Game 2: Valley City 3, Enderlin 1.

Aug. 9

Game 3: Jamestown Hounds 10, Fairview (Mont.) 0.

Game 4: Tolna 4, Beulah-Hazen 2.

Aug. 10

Game 5: Steele vs. Enderlin, 6 p.m.

Game 6: Fairview vs. Beulah-Hazen, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 11

Game 7: Cass County vs. Valley City, 10 a.m.

Game 8: Jamestown vs. Tolna, noon.

Game 9: Loser G7 vs. Winner G5, 2 p.m.

Game 10: Loser G8 vs. Winner G6, 4 p.m.

Aug. 12

Game 11: Winner G7 vs. Winner G9, 11 a.m.

Game 12: Winner G8 vs. Winner G10, 1 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP: Winner G11 vs. Winner G12, 3 p.m.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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