Jack Brown Stadium will play host to one more high school baseball game this spring after all.
Sixth-seeded Minot solidified its spot in the West Region Tournament on Friday afternoon with a 11-1, five-inning victory over Dickinson. The Magicians' victory gave Jamestown the No. 7 seed and will host No. 10 Bismarck St. Mary's on Monday, May 20, at 5 p.m. in a WDA play-in game.
Nearly simultaneously, the Blue Jays defeated Wahpeton 7-5 during game 1 of a non-conference action doubleheader on Friday. Jamestown also beat Wahpeton 7-5 in the nightcap at Jack Brown Stadium and finished the regular season 15-8.
"Hopefully we come out, play good, get good pitching and solid bats," said the Blue Jays' shortstop Chris Erickson.
Erickson said the team wasn't scoreboard watching throughout game 1, but someone came down after the first contest and told the team Minot defeated Dickinson.
But Jamestown is pretty familiar with St. Mary's (0-20 overall, 0-18 WDA).
On Thursday, the Blue Jays scored 25 runs on the Saints during the first three innings of game 1, while Aaron Kleven and Isaac Mimong slammed the door shut. The 25 runs were the most St. Mary's has allowed all season by nine.
Jared Kallenbach broke a 3-all tie in game 2 with an RBI sacrifice fly and Jamestown hung on for a 11-8 victory.
"I'm not sure what to expect really," said second baseman Dawson Douty. "They're going to know us now and they're going to be more prepared."
The Saints haven't won a game all season, but have come close a few times after narrowly losing to a run by Watford City (9-8) and Dickinson (12-11) during the first four games of the season. Jamestown's three-run victory over St. Mary's was the third-closest loss for the Saints.
"We're going to continue doing the things we're doing right now," Kessler said. "We're on a flow offensively, we're getting good outings on the mound and our defense is holding up. (We're going to) keep doing what we're doing, keep preparing the way we are and let the chips fall where they may."
Jamestown has felt the ebbs and flows of a season as well. The Blue Jays won four of six games to begin the season and that gave them a tiebreaker over middle-of-the-road teams Bismarck High, Bismarck Legacy and Minot. But an eight-game losing streak during the middle of the season dropped Jamestown to 4-10 overall.
Of late, however, the Blue Jays have been on a six-game winning streak after sweeping Watford City, Aberdeen (S.D.), Bismarck St. Mary's and Wahpeton to finish 12-10.
"We put ourselves in this position," Kessler said. "We have to work our way out of it and play this extra game, but I don't think this is going to hold us back. I still think we're a pretty good baseball team."
Kessler said he's starting Douty on the mound against Bismarck St. Mary's, but the coach doesn't know how long the senior will go with a potential West Region Tournament game at Municipal Ball Park in Bismarck on Thursday.
"I already talked to Dawson, he knows he's going on the mound for us on Monday and he's going to be ready for it," Kessler said. "He's been playing for us for a long time and knows the significance of it. We're going to compete in that game and see what happens."
High school baseball
Jamestown 7, Wahpeton 5
WAH 000 010 4 -- 5 6 2
JAM 122 002 X -- 7 10 3
W--Kohl Kratz. L--Hunter Hamre.
Blue Jay highlights: Kohl Kratz 2-4, RBI, R; Max Anderson 2-4, 2B, 4 RBI, R; MasoN Walters 2-3, R; Chris Erickson 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Tommy Falk 1-3, R; Ryder Lunzman 1-2, R; Jeremy Williams 1-4, 2B, R.
Jamestown 15, Wahpeton 8
WAH 230 011 1 -- 8 14 3
JAM 561 012 X -- 15 15 1
W--Austin Kessler. L--Jonah Enochson.
Blue Jay highlights: Isaac Mimong 3-4, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R; Mason Walters 3-3, 4 RBI, 2 R; Max Anderson 2-4, 2 RBI, 3 R; Dawson Douty 1-2, R; Chris Erickson 1-3, 2 R; Andrew Haugland 1-1; Kohl Kratz 1-3, RBI, 2 R; Max Anderson 1-1; Jared Kallenbach 1-3, 2 R; Jeremy Williams 1-4, 3 RBI.
Records: Jamestown 12-10 overall, 8-10 WDA. Wahpeton 2-16, 0-10.