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Saints defeat Hounds for 'AA' crown

The Jamestown Greyhounds' Danny Fischer produces a hit during the Class AA state amateur baseball tournament held at Jack Brown Stadium. The tournament concluded Sunday. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Valley City amateur baseball player Brady Anderson hit a long foul ball to right field Sunday during his second at-bat of Amateur Baseball Class AA state championship.

Anderson definitely didn’t miss a couple pitches later.

The former Jamestown High School and Valley City State University player hit a solo home run over the right-field wall of Jack Brown Stadium to give the Saints a four-run advantage over the Jamestown Hounds. Valley City hung on from there for the 5-1 state-title victory.

“It’s always a good feeling to win a championship,” Anderson said. “There’s some good guys and ending on a good note is a great feeling.”

Anderson scored during a three-run first inning after walking and taking advantage of Brennen Neva’s steal at second base to score from third.

After the home run in the third frame, Anderson hit an RBI double to score the Saints’ final run of the contest in the fifth.

“I was just seeing the ball well, trying to spray the ball all over the field and do the best I could,” Anderson said, while sporting a worn out VCSU baseball hat.

The Hounds didn’t have an answer for Saints’ pitcher Chase Carpenter all afternoon. The only threat was in the fourth inning when Nate Soulis trimmed the deficit to 4-1 with an RBI double. Jamestown had two runners in scoring position but a diving catch by left fielder Ben Bausch ended the threat.

“That was a big play by Ben,” Anderson said. “If that ball drops they get two runs and it changes how the rest of the game would be played.”

Anderson was an all-region and all-state selection during his Blue Jay baseball days. The infielder and catcher also played American Legion baseball for Post 14.

“I love playing at Jack Brown Stadium,” Anderson said. “All of the guys on the Jamestown Hounds I played high school and legion baseball with so it’s good to be on the same field again to compete against them.”

During Anderson’s time as a Viking he had .377 batting average (225-for-597), with 53 doubles, 11 triples, 21 home runs and 156 RBIs in 169 games played.

The business agriculture major’s best season arguably came as a sophomore in 2013-14 where he hit .443 and received NAIA National Player of the Week for April 1, NAIA All-American Honorable Mention, North Star Player of the Year and first team all conference. He was also second team all conference as a junior and first team as a senior.

“It was a good time,” Anderson said, who graduated in 2017. “We had some good teams and players that I played with and it had to do with a lot of success I had. I had good guys hitting in front of me and behind so I was able to do my part for them.”

This will be the end of Anderson’s baseball season as the Valley City resident and wheat farmer just West of the city will now have harvest coming up next week.

“This is why I had to play this weekend, so I could actually play before harvest,” Anderson said.

Valley City 5, Jamestown 1

JAM 000 100 0 -- 1

VC 301 010 X -- 5

W--Chase Carpenter. L--Danny White.

Highlights: Hounds - Nate Soulis 2-3, 2B, RBI; Riley Schafer 2-4; Jake Stillwell 1-3, R; Nolan Kratz 1-2. Saints - Brady Anderson 2-2, 2B, HR, 2 RBI; Austin Smith 2-3; Jesse Johnson 2-2; Brennen Neva 1-2; Jake Miller 1-3; Chase Carpenter 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 7 K.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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