Jamestown Eagles suffer first conference loss in Bismarck
The Jamestown Eagles 4-0 road game win streak was snapped Monday evening in the capital city.
The Eagles fell 3-5 to the Bismarck Representatives in game one of Monday night's doubleheader. The Eagles still lead the Senior Babe Ruth Class A West Region at 8-1 on the year while the second-place holders -- the Bismarck Capitals -- are 6-0. The Reps' are still undefeated at 3-0.
After a scoreless first three innings, bats heated for both teams.
In the top of the fourth, Conner Hoyt and Ty Monson rounded the bases making it 2-0 Eagles. The Reps countered in the bottom of the inning to make it an even game entering the top of the fifth.
It didn't take long for the Reps to take the lead - hitting a groundout into fielder's choice to Jacoby Nold. The Reps scored twice as a result - taking the lead 4-2. Max Anderson was on the pitcher's mound for the Eagles game one. The recent Jamestown High School graduate allowed five hits and five runs over six innings. Anderson threw for a pair of strikeouts.
The Eagles did not give up.
In the top of the sixth, recent JHS grad Tommy Falk jogged in from third after Michael Mahoney reached first on a walk cutting the lead to two. Jamestown tallied five hits. Tommy Falk and Hoyt both had multiple hits for the Eagles. Falk went 3-for-4 at the plate while Hoyt ended Game No. 1 at 2-4. The duo led the Eagles in hits. The run was the Eagles' final of the game.
The two-run loss was a familiar feeling.
Jamestown went 12-2 in the American Legion Class A West last season earning the regional tournament's No. 1 seed. The team's two regular-season losses came against the Reps and the Caps. The Eagles split with the Reps last season.
Game two was a little closer for the conference rivals;
Jacoby Nold broke the seal for the Eagles off a single from Eagles' right fielder Mason Lunzman to make it 1-1 in the bottom of the second. Lunzman was caught stealing home later in the second but not before senior Isaac Mimong put another run on the board to make it 2-1 Eagles.
Lunzman remained hot all game long.
The JHS sophomore-to-be tripled off a flyball to right field sending Anderson and Ty Monson home putting the Eagles up 4-3 in the bottom of the third inning. Jamestown racked up 13 hits and six runs in game two. Lunzman, Anderson, Erickson, Falk, Hoyt and Monson all had multiple hits.
Lunzman had a chance to toe the rubber too - throwing one inning out of the bullpen after Hoyt had manned the mound the first six. Hoyt allowed eight runs on six hits and struck out one Bismarck batter.
The Eagles will be back at Jack Brown Stadium on June 29 hosting the Bismarck Capitals. The doubleheader is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.
Bismarck Reps 5, Jamestown Eagles 3
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Jamestown highlights: Tommy Falk 3-4; Conner Hoyt 2-4; Jacoby Nold 0-2, RBI; Mason Lunzman 0-2, RBI.
Bismarck Reps 8, Jamestown Eagles 6
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Jamestown highlights: Chris Erickson 2-5, RBI; Hoyt 2-5, RBI; Falk 2-4; Anderson 2-4, RBI; Ty Monson 2-3, RBI; Mason Lunzman 2-4, 3 RBI.