Most Jamestown senior ball players want to take in their final time pitching in a high school baseball game at historic Jack Brown Stadium.
Starting pitcher Aaron Kleven? Not so much.
The senior, possibly pitching in his first and last high school home game, didn't mess around on Thursday, May 16, as Kleven threw three innings, allowed zero runs, four hits and only threw 38 pitches as the Blue Jays defeated Bismarck St. Mary's 25-0 in five innings during game 1. Kleven recorded the save in game 2 as Jamestown won 11-8 over St. Mary's.
"I just want to get it over with and get the win," Kleven said.
Kleven got the first two innings over very quickly.
The right hander retired three of the first four hitters he faced on four pitches, while finishing two complete innings with 10 total pitches. Kleven allowed three singles in the third, but managed to work out of the frame unscathed.
"I just tried to get ahead, throw strikes and make my defense do the work," Kleven said. "I worked quick, tried to get the batters off their timing, get them frustrated and pound the zone, so they have to be ready when they come up."
But there was no reason for Kleven to throw anymore pitches, however, as the Blue Jays scored 25 runs throughout the first three frames.
Many Blue Jays had a good opening game, but nobody gained more confidence throughout the contest than Jared Kallenbach. The senior, high school football player and Class A basketball state champion went 3-for-4 on Thursday with a double, triple-that was nearly an inside the park home run-five RBIs and four runs scored.
"It's about being confident in yourself. That was a big thing for me," Kallenbach said, who's playing baseball for the first time in nine years this spring. "Coming in this year, it's about being confident in yourself and telling yourself you can do it and hit whatever's thrown at you."
Kallenbach lined a two-run double in the second inning, while taking advantage of an aggressive, diving left fielder in the fourth for a two-run triple.
"I was just going up there trying to hit the ball, trying to be confident in myself," Kallenbach said of the triple. "I got a hold of one and I just wasn't fast enough, I guess."
Kallenbach hasn't seen home plate a ton, being used as a designated player in left field for Ryder Lunzman most of the spring. Kallenbach said when he played baseball as a 9 year old, he was mostly infield.
"Jared's one of those gritty players," said Jamestown coach Kelley Kessler. "He's a great baserunner, he's aggressive and starting to hit the ball a little more in practice. That's why we've given him more plate appearances during games. It's something he had to earn, but he goes out there every day and does it.
"You can't hold a kid back when he shows he can do it in practice. He's making the most of it in games as well."
Jamestown and St. Mary's were tied 3-all in game 2, but Kallenbach broke the tie with an RBI sacrifice fly in the fourth, while Dawson Douty and Chris Erickson followed with a pair of RBI singles. Overall, the Jays put up six runs in the frame.
Jamestown (10-10 overall) finished West Region play at 8-10. The Blue Jays will await their fate tomorrow as they need Dickinson to sweep Minot to avoid a No. 7 vs. No. 10 play-in game on Monday.
Meanwhile, Jamestown takes on Wahpeton in a non-conference doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m. from Jack Brown Stadium.
"We've done what we had to do," Kessler said. "We had to win out and now we need Dickinson to beat Minot in a couple so we have the tiebreaker on them. We can't do anything about it, we'll prepare for whoever we have to play.
"I think we're to a point where our pitching worked out well enough that we can be ready for all of that, instead of these three doubleheaders in a four-day span."
Jamestown 25, Bismarck St. Mary's 0 (5 innings)
SM 000 00 -- 0 4 5
JAM 85(12) 0X -- 25 21 2
W--Aaron Kleven. L--Cole Ellison.
Blue Jay highlights: Chris Erickson 4-4, 2 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 2 R; Jared Kallenbach 3-4, 2B, 3B, 5 RBI, 4 R; Jeremy Williams 3-4, 3 RBI, 3 R; Dawson Douty 2-2, 2 RBI, 3 R; Ryder Lunzman 2-3, RBI, 2 R; Kohl Kratz 2-4, 3 RBI, 4 R.
Jamestown 11, Bismarck St. Mary's 8
SM 200 140 1 -- 8 13 3
JAM 102 620 X -- 11 12 3
W--Isaac Mimong. L--Drew Dosch. S--Aaron Kleven.
Blue Jay highlights: Dawson Douty 2-3, RBI, 2 R; Chris Erickson 2-4, RBI, 2 R; Ryder Lunzman 2-4, 3 RBI, 2 R; Kohl Kratz 2-4, RBI, R; Issac Mimong 2-2, 2 R.
Records: Jamestown 10-10 overall, 8-10 WDA. Bismarck St. Mary's 0-20, 0-18.