VALLEY CITY -- The Jamestown Eagles rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday night but left the bases loaded with the winning run at the plate.

The host team Valley City Royals upset the West Region champion Eagles 7-4 at Charlie Brown Field to finish Day 1 of the Senior Babe Ruth Class A state baseball tournament. Jamestown will play Devils Lake at 1 p.m. tomorrow in loser-out play, while Valley City -- the East Region's No. 4 seed -- will face the Bismarck Capitals at 7 p.m.

"We ended up losing it, but you know what? That was awesome, both communities coming out supporting their teams," said Jamestown Eagles coach Sam Joseph. "We obviously didn't show up today.

"We started off slow, we stayed slow and then we tried to make up for it in the bottom of the seventh, and against good teams like that you just can't do that."

Jamestown's Chris Erickson looks on as Valley City's Avery Bennefeld reacts after earning a triple Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, during the state tournament at Charlie Brown Field in Valley City. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Jamestown's Chris Erickson looks on as Valley City's Avery Bennefeld reacts after earning a triple Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, during the state tournament at Charlie Brown Field in Valley City. John M. Steiner / The Sun

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Trailing 7-1 with one out in the final half-inning, five consecutive Eagles reached base on Valley City reliever Corey Nelson. A wild pitch and a walk to Jamestown's Max Anderson with the bases loaded would be all for Nelson after recording just a single out and leading 7-3. Anderson struck out three times Tuesday night.

Valley City's Braxton Jorissen would eventually record the final two outs with the bases jacked, getting Ty Monson to strike out looking and Nolan Nenow to fly out to right in between a Mason Lunzuman RBI single that produced the final score.

The Royals jumped on Jamestown's pitching early. Connor Hoyt got the start and completed two full before giving way to Jakob Schempp in the third with two on, no outs and a run already in for the Royals.

Schempp would later walk three consecutive batters, contributing to a four-run frame that put the home team out front 5-0.

Hoyt allowed three runs on six hits, a walk and a strikeout, while Schempp would allow four runs on four hits, six walks and three strikeouts through three innings.

"We didn't throw strikes, we made three errors and things just kept snowballing," Joseph said. "We gotta make sure that we cut the mental errors down and we gotta do what we've been doing all year, which is throw to contact and trust our defense."

Valley City's Jacob Johnson (5) slides home before Jamestown's Tommy Falk can tag him out Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, during the state tournament at Charlie Brown Field in Valley City. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Valley City's Jacob Johnson (5) slides home before Jamestown's Tommy Falk can tag him out Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, during the state tournament at Charlie Brown Field in Valley City. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Valley City starter Jacob Johnson also made life miserable for the Eagles for 4 1/3 innings.

The 2020 Maple Valley High School graduate allowed just a single run on five hits and recorded eight strikeouts. The right-hander was effective with the curveball through 77 total pitches, getting both Anderson and Jacoby Nold to strike out looking at the curve to notch his first two punchouts of the game.

"It felt good, especially getting up on top of the count right away let me use it," Johnson said of his curve. "Up 0-2, 1-2, it was all right to dirt one every once in a while."

Johnson isn't planning on playing ball at the next level. He said he plans to attend Northland Community & Technical College for carpentry.

The now 22-12 Royals haven't lost a game Johnson has started in 2020.

"It's good for us coming into the tourney and upsetting that No. 1 seed," Johnson said.

Jamestown's Nolan Nenow makes his way to first base Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, during the state tournament at Charlie Brown Field in Valley City. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Jamestown's Nolan Nenow makes his way to first base Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, during the state tournament at Charlie Brown Field in Valley City. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Jamestown was also dealt a blow via injury in the fourth inning. Shortstop Nold may have reaggravated an old hockey injury to his right knee while in the batter's box in the fourth inning.

He'd finish the at-bat with an RBI sacrifice fly to record Jamestown's first run of the game. Chris Erickson slid over to short in the fifth, while Monson came into the game replacing Erickson at third.

"I twisted it. It popped weird," Nold said. "I think it's just swollen and sore. Put ice on it ... we gotta come back tomorrow with more energy. We were dead today."

The Caps defeated Devils Lake 13-1 earlier in the day. The first two games went West Fargo Vets 9, Minot Metros 0 and Fargo Jets 6, Bismarck Reps 4.

"We need to come in with the energy to go out there and get those runs earlier in the game, rather than having to come from behind late," Nold said.

Nold will more than likely be a game-time decision.

Joseph said: "Hopefully tomorrow we play a little bit better than we did today."

Senior Babe Ruth Class A State Tournament

At Charlie Brown Field, Valley City

(Double elimination)

(Seeding and region records in parenthesis)

Tuesday, Aug. 4

G1: (E1) West Fargo Vets 9, (W4) Minot Metros 0

MIN 000 000 0 - 0 0 2

WF 202 302 x - 9 9 1

Win - Cullen Pellett, 4 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K, 1 HB

Matt Heupel, 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Mason Hoff, 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R

Loss - Tyler Buchanan, 3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

WF - Reber 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI; Pellett 1-2, 2 R; Heupel 1-3, 2 R; Hoff 1-2, R, RBI; Menz 2-4, 3 RBI

MIN - Budeau 0-2, BB

G2: (E3) Fargo Jets 6, (W2) Bismarck Reps 4

Jets 310 200 0 -- 6 9 3

Reps 011 002 0 -- 4 4 3

Win - Dylan Erholtz, 4 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Save - Calvin Clasen, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K

Dylan Tostenson , 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Loss - Carter Klipfel - 2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Caden Fischer - 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Carson Motschenbacher - 4 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

WF Jets - Mitch Runcorn 2-5 R; Calvin Clasen 2-2, 2 R, 2 BB; Dan Christianson 2-5, 2 R, RBI; August Grothmann 1-3, RBI.

Bismarck Reps - Miles Stiefal 2-2, R; Luke Welk 0-3, 2 RBI; Joe LaDuke, 1-3, RBI; Jackson Klipfel 1-3, R.

G3: (W3) Bismarck Caps 13, (E2) Devils Lake 1

CAPS 500 103 4 -- 13 16 1

DL 001 000 0 -- 1 3 1

Win - Josh Lardy 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Loss - Michael Widmer 2/3 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER

CAPS - Andrew Fischer, 2-4, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R (1st inning grand slam); Jack Trottier 3-5, 3 R, RBI; Josh Lardy 2-4, 3 R; Jaden Mitzel 2-4, 2 R; Keegan Glatt 2-3, 2 R, 2 BB

DL - Aaron Johnson 2-3, RBI; Hunter Swanson 1-3, R

G4: (E4) Valley City 7, (W1) Jamestown 4

VC 104 011 0 -- 7 11 0

JAM 000 100 3 -- 4 8 3

Jacob Johnson, Conner May (5), CoreyNelson (7), Braxton Jorissen (7) and Riley Gerhardt. Connor Hoyt, Jakob Schempp (3), Mason Lunzman (6) and Tommy Falk. W--Johnson. L--Hoyt. S-- Jorissen.

Highlights: VC, Johnson 4 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 SO, 3-4, 2B, BB, RBI, R; Nelson 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 2-4, RBI; Jorissen 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB; Grady Karges 1-2, 2 BB, RBI, R; Gerhardt 1-2, 2 BB, 2R; Avery Bennefeld 1-5, 3B.

JAM, Hoyt 2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2-4, 2B, R; Schempp 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 6 BB, 3 SO; Lunzman 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB, 2-3, BB, RBI; Jeremy Williams 2-3, BB, R; Falk 1-2, 2 BB, R; Max Anderson 0-3, 3 SO, BB; Chris Erickson 1-3, 3B, BB, RBI, R; Jacoby Nold 0-1, RBI.

Wednesday, Aug. 5

G5: Minot vs. Bismarck Reps, 10 a.m.

G6: Devils Lake vs. G4 Jamestown, 1 p.m.

G7: WF Vets vs. Fargo Jets, 4 p.m.

G8: Bismarck Caps vs. Valley City, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 6

G9: G6 Winner vs. G7 Loser, 11 a.m.

G10: G5 Winner vs. G8 Loser, 2 p.m.

G11: G7 Winner vs. G8 Winner, 5 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 7

G12: G9 Winner vs. G11 Loser, 2 p.m.

G13: G10 Winner vs. G11 Winner, 5 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 8

G14: G13 Winner vs. G12 Winner, noon (championship)

G15: (If necessary) G14 Winner vs. G14 Loser, 3 p.m.

Class A West Region Tournament

At Jack Brown Stadium, Jamestown

July 28

G1: (1) Bismarck Reps 10, (8) Mandan 0, (5 inn.)

G2: (4) Minot 10, (5) Bismarck Senators 8

G3: (3) Bis. Caps 11, (6) Dickinson 1

G4: (2) Jamestown 11, (7) Williston (3-13) 0

July 29

G5: Mandan 13, Bismarck Senators 7

G6: Dickinson 4, Williston 3

G7: Bismarck Reps 11, Minot 6 (state qualifier)

G8: Jamestown 2, Bismarck Caps 1 (8 inn.) (state qualifier)

July 30

G9: Bismarck Caps 2, Mandan 1 (state qualifier)

G10: Minot 20, Dickinson 10 (state qualifier)

G11: Bismarck Caps 4, Minot 3 (8 inn.)

G12: Jamestown 8, Bismarck Reps 1.

July 31

G13: Bismarck Reps 8, Bismarck Caps 7

G14: Jamestown 11, Bismarck Reps 3 (Championship)

Class A East Region Tournament

At Jack Williams Stadium, Fargo

July 28

G1: (1) WF Aces 4, (8) Casselton 2

G2: (5) Post 2 Jets 7, (4) Devils Lake 0

G3: (2) Valley City 5, (7) Kindred 3

G4: (3) WF Vets 11, (6) Post 2 Bombers 1

July 29

G5: Devils Lake 2, Casselton 1

G6: Post 2 Bombers 11, Kindred 1

G7: Post 2 Jets 6, WF Aces 5

G8: WF Vets 2, Valley City 0

July 30

G9: Post 2 Bombers 10, WF Aces 8

G10: Devils Lake 12, Valley City 0

G11: WF Vets 7, Post 2 Jets 6

G12: Devils Lake 4, Post 2 Bombers 0

July 31

G13: Devils Lake 5, Post 2 Jets 4

G14: WF Vets 5, Devils Lake 3 (championship)