Isaac Mimong and Nolan Nenow had a good thing going Tuesday night.
Unfortunately for the Jamestown Post 14 Legion Baseball team, it was not quite good enough.
Down 3-1, Mimong, a soon-to-be sophomore at the University of Jamestown, connected on a 1-1 count and sent the ball up the middle and just out of Dickinson Volunteer centerfielder Aidon Roadkowski's reach. Mimong doubled on the play but Nolan Nenow ended up relieving the veteran catcher on the base paths.
Nenow ended up scoring on the next play when Payton Hochhalter singled off Dickinson pitcher Jeremiah Jilek to make the score 3-2, but the momentum started to lag for the home team after the soon-to-be Jamestown High School junior crossed the plate.
After sweeping the Bismarck Representatives 7-0 and 12-3 Monday night, a 4-3 and 14-1 split with the Volunteers was a hard pill to swallow, even if the game was small potatoes in the grand scheme of West Region standings.
"Hopefully they got that out of their system," Post 14 head coach Sam Joseph said of the loss. "With clinching first place (Monday) night, I think the guys came out here and they just kind of coasted.
"We can't do that. We've got to get ready for a tournament."
The Eagles clinched up the West Region regular-season title against the Reps. The Eagles recorded nine straight wins en route to their second regional title. Joseph said the Eagles have the talent to contend with any of the three teams slated to compete at this weekend's Phil Brown Classic, but added that the squad needs to stay tough mentally across all frames.
"We weren't having good at-bats at all," Joseph said. "We went up there really without a game plan and that's not typical of us."
As a team, the Eagles went 3-for-24 at the plate in Game 1. Gage Orr, Hochhalter and Mimong each had one hit.
"I was just trying to make good contact and hit the ball hard and sit on the right pitch," Mimong said.
The second-year senior collected on a full count during his last at-bat, taking the walk and bringing Nenow out of the dugout to run. Hochhalter followed Mimong's lead, advancing to first on a walk, sending Nenow to second.
Nenow put on the rockets on the next play.
Nenow stole third and then advanced home on an error by Dickinson's Chase Selle to make it 4-3 Volunteers.
"It's just good baserunning," Mimong said of Nenow's charge home. "He saw the ball in the dirt and took a good lead at third and then it was a bad throw to third that went in the outfield so he took another good lead (and) ended up scoring. That's pretty much all there was to it."
Joseph commended Mimong's last two at-bats and Nenow's effort around the bases, but said the Eagles just waited too long to start making clutch plays.
"We decided to turn the switch on in the sixth inning and it doesn't matter who you are playing -- when you do that it's too late."
The Eagles didn't wait quite as long to turn up the heat in the second game.
A nine-run fourth inning quickly shut down the Volunteers' defenses. Carson Orr led the Eagles' offensive onslaught going 2-for-3 and driving in a run. Ty Monson, Michael Mahoney, Jackson Walters and Mason Lunzman all managed multiple hits and as a team, the Eagles recorded 15 official hits.
Conner Hoyt did his part in shutting down the Volunteers' bats, retiring seven batters across six innings and walking zero.
Post 14 will be back in action on Friday as they take on Mandan on the opening day of the Phil Brown Classic. The Eagles are also set to square off against Bismarck and Gillette, Wyoming on Saturday.
"I am personally excited for (the tournament)," Mimong said. "It'll be a good thing for us to go out and face some good competition."
Dickinson 4, Post 14 3
D 000 210 1 -- 4 7 3
POST 14 100 010 1 -- 3 3 1
D -- Jeremiah Jilek, Ty Dassinger (7); POST 14 -- Ty Monson, Gage Orr (5), Carson Orr (7). W -- Jilek. L -- Monson.
D -- Jilek (6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K), 1-3; Dassinger 1-2, 2 RBI; Roadkowski 2-4, RBI.
POST 14 -- Mimong 1-1, 2B; Payton Hochhalter 1-2, RBI; Gage Orr 1-4.
Post 14 14, Dickinson 1
D 001 000 x -- 1 3 1
POST 14 000 914 x -- 14 15 0
D -- Dawson Penny; POST 14 -- Connor Hoyt. W -- Hoyt. L -- Penny.
D -- Chase Selle 1-3, Steven Zawodny 2-2.
POST 14 -- Hoyt (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K), 1-2, 3 RBI; Michael Mahoney 2-2, 2 RBI; Mason Lunzman 2-4, 2 RBI; Jacoby Nold 1-2, 3 RBI; Kasen Rowell 1-2, RBI.