Eagles mount big comeback in game one and walk off Williston in game 2
The Eagles relied on reliever Jackson Walters to go 3.1 innings giving up one unearned run on one hit with two strikeouts and one walk in game one.
JAMESTOWN — Heading into the Jamestown Eagles' first game against the Williston Keybirds, the Eagles' biggest comeback of the season came on multiple occasions when they overcame two-run deficits. After taking an early lead, the Eagles looked to be heading towards a loss thanks to a seven-run top of the fourth from the Keybirds. However, the Eagles had different ideas mounting a five-run comeback to win 8-7 on Thursday, July 14, at Jack Brown Stadium.
“Obviously with Williston coming in and putting on that seven spot, that is something that we haven’t responded really well after,” Eagles head coach Sam Joseph said. “We responded very well getting the two in the bottom of the fourth and obviously getting that three and putting pressure on the defense and making them make mistakes. That’s what we want to do.”
The game started slowly for both teams as the Eagles stranded four runners through the first two innings, while the Keybirds left five runners on base through the first three innings.
The Eagles' struggles with runners-on wouldn’t last long as in the bottom of the third they scored three runs on eight hits to take a 3-0 lead.
The Keybirds hit the ball hard in the top of the fourth inning when they scored seven runs on five hits and three walks to take a 7-3 lead. The biggest hit of the inning came on a Kaden Finders two RBI double to push the birds out in front by the aforementioned 7-3 margin.
The Eagles fought back in the bottom of the fourth putting up two runs on a single up the middle from Preston Gall to cut the deficit to 7-5.
“What kind of team are we going to be? Are we going to turn over and say forget we’re done or are we going to fight,” Joseph said. “They chose to fight and they did and I was proud of them.”
The Eagles retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth when Gall flew out to centerfield to score Payton Hochhalter. The ensuing throw went to the catcher Chris Combs who threw the ball into left field allowing Carson Orr to score and push the Eagles out in front 8-7.
Eagles’ Jacoby Nold walks off game two:
After a high-scoring game in the first game of the doubleheader, the second game saw one run, and the Eagles and Keybirds combined for five hits. The Eagles were led by starter Payton Hochhalter’s complete game one-hitter in a 1-0 win over the Keybirds.
The Keybirds only hit came on a Corant Cymbaluk single in the top of the first. The Keybirds starter Alex Blume went 6.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits while striking out nine and walking three. The Eagles first hit came on a leadoff single from Jackson Walters in the bottom of the fourth.
The second hitter of the bottom of the seventh was Gall who hit a double to left. Two batters later, Jacoby Nold hit a single to right to score Gall and give the Eagles a 1-0 win.
The Eagles' leading hitter was Gall who went 1-for-2 with one run. The Keybirds best hitter was Cymbaluk with a 1-for-3 performance.
The Eagles return to the diamond at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, when they go to Bismarck.
WK 7 P14 8
WK: 0 0 0 7 0 0 0–7 8 2
P14: 0 0 3 2 0 3 X—8 14 2
WP: Jackson Walters LP: Ashton Collings
WK 0 P14 1
WK: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0–0 1 0
P14: 0 0 0 0 0 0 1–1 4 1
WP: Payton Hochhalter LP: Alex Blume