No runs and three hits gave Jamestown Eagles baseball head coach Sam Joseph plenty of time to evaluate the talent on the pitching mound.
"It's early, right now I am just happy that we can get out on the field and get some things going," Joseph said. "I still have to check myself a little bit because this is their fourth game of the baseball seasons. They didn't have a spring season so we just need to keep going through some things and we'll get it figured out."
The Eagles fell 17-5 and 7-0 to Fargo Post 400 Wednesday evening at Jack Brown Stadium. The game was the team's second matchup of the season having previously split with Dickinson AA on May 28. The losses put the Eagles at 1-3 on the year.
"Fargo is a very well-coached team and they have always been really well-coached so them swinging the bats and being aggressive didn't surprise me one bit," Joseph said.
The Eagles had a tough task ahead of them - rebounding 20 minutes after a 12 run loss and going up against a Class AA division team. The numbers weren't on the scoreboard for Jamestown but Joseph said he liked what he saw from his batch of players.
"We've got some really good (graduated) seniors who are starting to get their feet under them a little bit more," Joseph said of his roster. "Hopefully everyone else will just fall in line with them."
One of those recent grads did his fair share of work on the field Wednesday.
Chris Erickson, a 2019 all-state shortstop for Jamestown High School was 3 for 4 at the plate and posted one run and an RBI on the night. During the 2019 American Legion season Erickson wound up with four doubles, a triple, 19 runs driven in and 27 runs scored. On Wednesday Erickson was joined by fellow senior and University of Jamestown baseball recruit Isaac Mimong. Mimong was 1 for 2 at the plate and recorded four walks.
The senior duo were the pacemakers for the rest of the squad including the four freshmen Joseph called up.
"I told every single one of those guys that are younger that I am going to give them all the chance to play varsity," Joseph said. "That's what they are doing right now, they are actually capitalizing on every moment they have. I am very proud and pleased with what they have been doing so if we can get them to gel along with the other players we'll be okay."
Joseph may be proud of his team but is still very conscious of the challenges facing his squad.
Namely on the mound.
"We have to get better at obviously not walking batters - we need to pitch to contact and let our defense work," Joseph said. "We know that isn't going to be our strong suit. In the past we've had pitchers who can handle their own out there but we don't have that anymore.
"So again we have to focus on pitching to contact, letting our defense work and getting out of the inning in five pitches or less. Those are going to be things that we will be reviewing and going through before we have our game on Monday."
Class A West Region play begins June 8. The Eagles will face the Bismarck Senators on Monday at Jack Brown beginning at 5:30 p.m.
"(We're) starting to feel better, starting to get the jitters out I would say," Mimong said. "I think the freshmen are starting to work well and fit into our system well so I think they will be a good asset to us. We just have to loosen up, have fun with the game and play with confidence."
Fargo Post 400 17, Jamestown 5
F 110 1311 X - 17 12 2
J 120 002 X - 5 10 2
Jakob Schempp, Gage Orr (6), Chris Erickson (6), Jackson Walters (6).
Highlights: F, Kobe Senn 2-3, 3 R, 2B, RBI; Andy Mach 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2 RBI; Truman Werremeyer 2-4, 2R, 2 RBI. J, Schempp 5 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 3 SO; Erickson 3-4, R, 2B, RBI; Jacoby Nold 2-3, RBI.
Fargo Post 400 7, Jamestown 0
F 220 011 1 - 7 11 0
J 000 000 0 - 0 3 2
Mason Lunzman 2, Nolan Nenow (3), Jackson Walters (5).
Highlights: F, Colton Alme 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 R; Jake Bryant 3-4, R, RBI, 3B; Ben Callies 2-4, RBI, 2 R; J, Lunzman 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 SO; Preston Kroeber 1-3, Conner Hoyt 1-2.
Records: Jamestown 1-3