Eagles sweep Mandan at Jack Brown Stadium
Jamestown tops the A's 7-6 and 6-0 to improve to 10-0 in the Class A West Region standings.
Karsyn Jablonski's awkward swing and miss at a two-strike changeup Wednesday evening at Jack Brown Stadium was Jamestown Post 14's season blueprint executed to perfection.
Mandan's center fielder was sent back to the dugout on strikes leading off Game 2, mistiming the offspeed offering out of the left hand of Jamestown's Connor Hoyt.
Hoyt typically follows the much harder throwing Jacoby Nold, and the Mandan A's were unable to successfully make the adjustment. Hoyt tossed a seven-inning, 6-0 shutout to cap a midweek sweep over the visiting A's.
Jamestown took the opener 7-6 with Nold earning the win and Payton Hochhalter locking down the save in the seventh. The Eagles lead the American Legion Baseball Class A West Region standings at 10-0.
"When we throw Jacoby like that and the next game you throw me, it's pretty easy to keep their balance off," said Hoyt, who scattered six hits and struck out six while walking just one. "In the end, it was a lot of two-seam fastballs and changeups, a lot of outside pitches, too."
When asked how much quicker teammate Nold is to the plate, Hoyt smiled and said: "Quite a bit."
Hoyt sat down the A's in order in both the second and seventh frames and received a 6-4-3 double play started by Nold at short to get out of the fourth unscathed after the A's loaded the bases with two outs and the Eagles leading 2-0.
Hoyt pitched stronger as the game wore on, striking out Owen Gress, Ty Berg, and Mason Oster for three of the A's final five outs.
"That's what Connor does," said Jamestown Eagles coach Sam Joseph. "He mixes his pitches up very well. He has his fastball, curveball, changeup and he's comfortable with throwing all three of those pitches at any time in the count. He does a very good job of keeping them off balance, and it helps with Jacoby throwing that first game."
A Brooks Roaldson RBI single gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the first, as Jamestown would leave the bases loaded. The Eagles wound up stranding 13 runners on base.
Jamestown's Isaac Mimong took out a little frustration leading off the third, cracking a triple to the wall in left field. Jamestown's catcher was 0-for-5 on the day to that point but would score on a sacrifice fly during a 2-for-3 performance in the nightcap.
"I don't think anything was really going wrong, I was just kinda missing the ball and finally ended up connecting," Mimong said.
Mimong nearly had a second triple but was thrown out at third on a nice relay after splitting the gap in left-center leading off the sixth with Jamestown leading 3-0.
"I held up a little bit at second because I thought (coach Joseph) was going to hold me up," Mimong explained. "He kept waving me in so I was like, 'Ok, I'll just keep going.'"
Jamestown eventually broke the game open in the sixth off reliever Gress, scoring three runs on three hits and four Mandan errors. Carson Orr pinch hit for Nolan Nenow in the fifth and ended up finishing 2-for-2.
Mandan punched Jamestown in the mouth to begin the day, scoring three runs on a hit and an Eagles' error in the first inning of Game 1 with Nold on the mound.
The A's jumped ahead 5-0 in the second, with Jamestown committing two more defensive miscues in the field.
"We came out and we were flat, and I wasn't very happy," Joseph said. "I let the boys know that and they know better than that. They need to bring their own energy.
"You can't just come out here and go through the motions and expect to win baseball games, and Mandan's one of those teams where if we do that they're going to capitalize on it."
Nold drove in a pair with a single to center to get the Eagles on the board in the bottom of the third and settled in on the mound retiring seven batters in a row entering the fifth inning.
The Eagles took a 6-5 lead in the fourth, behind three Mandan errors in the frame. Mimong accounted for Jamestown's only RBI in its four-run fourth, plating a run on a groundout to third.
Nold drove in Jamestown's seventh run in the sixth with a sac fly to center.
"We were just coming out flat in the beginning, just letting them walk over us," Hoyt said. "We got going. We realized we gotta win these games."
"I was happy that the boys responded," Joseph added.
Nold handed the ball over to Hochhalter in the seventh with a two-run (7-5) lead, but the Jamestown High School football quarterback struggled with his command early.
Hochhalter hit the first batter he faced as the A's would both get back a run and load the bases with one out. But Hochhalter, who mixes in a curve with a solid fastball, worked himself out of the jam, getting both Tukker Horner and Jordan Binder to fly out to the infield to end the game.
"Just trying to throw a lot of strikes and one got loose on me," Hochhalter said. "Just trying to win the game for us."
"I like pressure, so I just wanted to throw some more strikes and get us out of that inning."
Jackson Walters batted 2-for-4 with a stolen base for Jamestown. Gage Orr added a double in the third.
The Eagles will look to keep its current 3-0 streak at home rolling Thursday hosting Watford City for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. The Walleye are 1-7 in the Class A West Region standings.
"It feels really good," Mimong said. "I think it's just our attitude and energy in the dugout and on the field. It changed after we had the slow start. If we can keep that change and start that from pitch No. 1, I think we'll be really good."
Jamestown 7, Mandan 6
M 320 000 1 -- 6 5 4
J 002 401 x -- 7 5 4
Batteries: M, Jordan Binder, Dylan Geiger (5) and Tukker Horner. J, Jacoby Nold, Payton Hochhalter (7) and Isaac Mimong. W-Nold. L-Binder. S-Hochhalter.
Highlights: M, Binder 4 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 4 SO; Geiger 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 SO; Karsyn Jablonski 0-2, BB, SB, 2 R, HBP; McCoy Keller 0-3, 3 R, HBP; Jamison Nelson 2-3, R, RBI, SF; Seth Gerhardt 1-4, 2 K, RBI; Owen Gress 1-3, BB, RBI; Hudsen Sheldon 1-3, HBP, RBI; Dylan Geiger 0-0, HBP; Tukker Horner 0-4, RBI, K; Jordan Binder 0-4; Ashton Michlitsch 0-3, K.
J, Nold 6 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 R, 3 SO; Hochhalter 1 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 R, 1 SO; Mason Lunzman 1-2, 2 BB, R; Jackson Walters 2-4, SB; Isaac Mimong 0-4, K, RBI; Jacoby Nold 1-2, BB, K, 3 RBI, SF; Brooks Roaldson 0-2, BB; Connor Hoyt 0-3, K; Payton Hochhalter 0-3, R; Michael Mahoney 0-2, K, R, BB; Gage Orr 1-2, 2B, 2 R, BB; Preston Kroeber R; Nolan Nenow SB.
Jamestown 6, Mandan 0
M 000 000 0 -- 0 6 4
J 101 013 X -- 6 10 1
Batteries: M, Dylan Geiger, Owen Gress (5) and Tukker Horner. J, Connor Hoyt and Isaac Mimong. W-Hoyt. L-Geiger.
Highlights: M, Geiger 4 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 1 SO; Gress 2 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 0 SO; Karsyn Jablonski 0-3, 2 K; McCoy Keller 0-2; Hudsen Sheldon 0-1; Jamison Nelson 1-2; Dominick Giggee 0-1; Seth Gerhardt 0-1, BB; Owen Brinks 1-1; Owen Gress 1-3, 2 K; Tukker Horner 1-2; Ty Berg 0-1, K; Jordan Binder 0-3; Tristan Ulmer 1-3; Mason Oster 1-3, K.
J, Hoyt 7 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 6 SO; Mason Lunzman 0-3, RBI, BB; Jackson Walters 2-4, SB, R; Isaac Mimong 2-3, 3B, 2B, HBP; Jacoby Nold 1-2, 2 BB, R; Brooks Roaldson 1-3, R, 2 RBI, SF; Connor Hoyt, 1-2, 2 BB, R; Nolan Nenow 0-2; Carson Orr 2-2, R; Michael Mahoney 0-3, K, BB; Gage Orr 1-3, BB; Max Fronk R.