It didn't take Jacoby Nold long to rebound from the disappointment of missing out on the West Region baseball tournament a couple of weeks ago.
"Nold texted me 30 minutes after the game (against Bismarck High) and said, 'Coach, when are we starting? We need to go again,'" Jamestown Post 14 baseball head coach Sam Joseph said. "I know a lot of the boys are fired up and ready to get our season going."
The Eagles will be kicking off its season on Wednesday with a non-conference doubleheader against the Fargo Post 400 Stars. The first pitch of the doubleheader is slated for 5:30 p.m. at Jack Brown Stadium.
The Jamestown High School baseball team finished up the spring season at 5-13 in the WDA and 8-16 overall. The Jays' season ended with a 6-5 loss to Bismarck High in the West Region tournament play-in game on May 24.
"I know the boys had a pretty tough year with school ball so one of the things we've been focusing on a lot in practice is just getting back to the basics," Joseph said. "We've got to be sure that we are making the routine plays, the routine outs. Getting back to those basics is the key for us right now."
While the Eagles won the 2020 Class A West Region tournament championship and were winners of 25 games last year, five key returners, in the form of Tommy Falk, Max Anderson, Jeremy Williams, Chris Erickson and Seth Weber, will not be back at Jack Brown this season for the Eagles.
"For the most part, we are going to be filled with soon-to-be juniors and sophomores," Joseph said. "A lot of these guys got experience with school ball so now that they've had a couple of months of experience under their belts, hopefully, that transitions over to summer ball and we can get them more experienced."
Having more experienced players like Nold, Ty Monson and soon-to-be University of Jamestown sophomore Isaac Mimong in the mix will do nothing but help the Eagles improve upon Joseph's coaching record. Joseph is 26-4 since taking over the program back in 2019.
"It won't be easy right out of the gate, I know that," Joseph said of getting wins. "Fargo teams are always good. They are coached well and their kids are just on another level when it comes to baseball. It's the same thing with Bismarck.
"They pay attention to the little things and they don't make very many mistakes. They run well, they hit well and they pitch well."
The Eagles are slated to travel to Bismarck to take on the Bismarck Capitals on Friday. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. With the exception of the Gillette Tournament June 24-27 in Gillette, Wyoming, and the West Region tournament in Watford City July 21-25, the Eagles have just three road games all season.
"We are just going to push the reset button and go out there on Wednesday and fly around and play some baseball," Joseph said.