Jamestown Eagles defense struggles in losses to Fargo Post 2
The Eagles had 10 errors in the two games.
JAMESTOWN — Defensive miscues and poor pitching continued to hurt the Jamestown Post 14 Eagles against the Fargo Post 2 Jets on Saturday, June 18, at Jack Brown Stadium.
The Eagles finished the 16-0 loss with four hits and six errors.
“We were better than that,” Eagles head coach Sam Joseph said. “We didn’t prove that today. We came out very flat. You just can’t do that in this league, especially against those guys. They’re good. Post 2 is good and they’ve always been good and they know they’re good. You can’t give them anything and we did, we gave them a lot.”
The Jets’ Connor Holm had a big first game, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs.
The Jets got off to a quick start in the top of the first with leadoff hitter Holm hitting a double. Holm's double set up the rest of the Jets to score four runs on four hits to take a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the first.
The Jets were not satisfied with a four-run lead as they batted around again in the top of the second. Holm singled up the middle to set up the Jets to score five runs on four hits with two Eagles errors to make it a 9-0 game.
The Jets continued to add to the score in the top of the third with a Kaden Kvidera single scoring Adam Leininger to make it 10-0. Later in the inning, the Jets’ Landon Meier hit a two-run single to push the lead to 12-0.
The Jets added three more runs, thanks to a three-run home run from Holm over the right-field wall and a sacrifice fly making it 15-0.
After the loss, Joseph challenged his team to step up.
“We need to compete, we need to worry about what we’re doing,” Joseph said. “We gotta do the little things to win baseball games. We’re not doing that right now. We’re not fielding the ball, we’re not throwing the ball. We’re not running out hits. We’re going through the motions right now and that’s a coaches' thing where us three, (Jake) Stillwall, (Jim) Roadlson and I, we need to stay on them and get them ready to play. We didn’t do that today.”
Jets come back to win game two
Despite a big response from the Eagles, their defense came back to bite them in the sixth inning when the ball started flying out of the yard.
The big sixth and seventh innings led the Jets to an 8-3 win.
The Eagles top of the order in Mason Lunzman, Preston Gall, Jackson Walters and Jacoby Nold, went a combined 3-for-15 in the two games.
“They need to get some more hitting in,” Joseph said. “They need to change their approach. Right now, our approach is not good from top to bottom. I need to get better at talking to them a little bit more about their approach when they come up there, what they’re supposed to be looking for and making the adjustment after each pitch.”
On the mound, Payton Hochhalter made his first appearance since June 2. Hochhalter went 6.2 innings giving up five earned runs while striking out one.
The Jets broke through in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 3-1. It could’ve been bigger though if not for a missile from center fielder Lunzman to get the running Meier at third for the second out of the inning.
The Jets retook the lead with a four-run inning in the top of the sixth punctuated by Adam Kalbrenner’s solo home run to take a 4-3 lead. The lead was stretched out thanks to an Eagles error to make it a 5-3 game.
“I just missed my spot a few times and they got a hold of two balls and hit some home runs and they’re a really good hitting team,” Hochhalter said. “That’s all I can say about that.”
After giving up a double, Hochhalter’s day came to an end at 103 pitches. The Eagles Thomas Newman came in with Kalbrener standing on second and nobody out.
The next batter, Dylan Erholtz, reached on an error, allowing Will Bachman to put the game away with a three-run home run over the right-field fence to make it an 8-3 game.
The Eagles look to rebound at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, when they go to Mandan.
FJ 16, JE 0
FJ 4 5 3 3 1–16 15 0
JE 0 0 0 0 0–0 4 6
WP: Zach Lamont LP: Jacoby Nold
FJ 8, JE 3
FJ 0 0 1 0 4 3–-8 1 1
JE 0 3 0 0 0 0–3 5 3
WP: Aaron Breitbach LP: Payton Hochhalter