Century tops Blue Jay baseball
Century jumped on Jamestown pitcher Aaron Kleven for a run in the first inning of Thursday's West Region tournament game. The Patriots later added seven more.
They needn't have bothered.
Right-hander Cade Feeney, the Patriots' ace, made mincemeat of the Jamestown batting order to give Century an 8-0 first-round win at the Sanford Sports Complex.
Feeney, a 5-foot-10, 187-pound junior, struck out 10 Blue Jays in six innings and surrendered just four hits before giving the ball to reliever Connor Weikum. He walked only one man while delivering 60 strikes and 28 balls.
"It was a good outing," said Feeney, a returning all-state player. "My arm felt pretty good at the start, but when we had that big inning my arm got stiff. But our defense played well and we hit the heck out the ball today."
That big inning was the second. The Patriots sent nine men to the plate and scored five runs as Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Kleven contributed a walk and plunked two batters amid the uprising.
Feeney drilled a three-run triple to that game-turning rally. He finished with two hits and four RBIs for the day.
So what's more fun, Cade, frustrating pitchers from the batter's box or bedeviling batters from the mound?
Is both an option?
"When you're pitching you get control of the game. It's good having the ball in your hand," he said.
"I like the satisfaction of slapping the ball around and getting hits, so it's pretty even to me," he added.
Jamestown collected two of its hits in the first inning and didn't manage another until the fifth. Feeney said he wasn't hitting his spots like he wanted in the first inning.
"I wasn't locating. I was throwing it over the plate, but I was giving them too much," he observed.
With the victory, the reigning state champion Patriots ran their winning streak to 19 games. CHS, now 26-3, hasn't lost since being blanked 3-0 by Mandan's Evan Arenz on April 16.
Next up for second-seeded Century is a 6:30 game tonight with third-seeded Dickinson, a 9-2 winner over Minot, on Thursday. Weather permitting, of course. Likewise, Jamestown will meet, with the permission of Mother Nature. That elimination game is scheduled for about 1 p.m.
Century 8, Jamestown 0
Jamestown 000 000 0 -- 0 4 1
Century 151 200 x -- 8 9 0
Aaron Kleven, Jacob Schemp (5) and Tommy Falk; Cade Feeney, Connor Weikum (7) and Cameron Miller. W—Feeney, 5-0. L—Kleven, 2-2. HR—None.
Highlights: J—Ryder Lunzman 2-for-3; Chris Erickson and Jared Kallenbach singled. C—Connor Hanson 1-for-3, double, 2 R; Treyton Mattern 1-for-2, 1 R; Miller 1-for-3, 1 RBI; Paydin Slette 1-for-3, 1 RBI; Cade Feeney 2-for-3, double, 4 RBIs; 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 SO.
Records: Jamestown 13-11, Century 26-3.