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Eagles use full performance to sweep Minot in two big home wins

The Eagles' 19 runs are their most in a game this season.

Carson Orr
The Jamestown Eagles' Carson Orr shakes hands with third base coach Jake Stillwall after hitting a home run in the second game of a double header vs. the Minot Vistas on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at Jack Brown Stadium.
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JAMESTOWN — In the third inning of the first game between the Jamestown Eagles and the Minot Vistas, Vistas pitcher Tyler Buchanan had two strikes on eight batters but only got an out on one of them as the Eagles scored five runs to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 6-1 lead. That was enough to see the Eagles get a 8-4 win over the Vistas Tuesday, June 28, at Jack Brown Stadium. In the first game, the Eagles worked 12 walks, which head coach Sam Joseph put down to their approach at the plate.

“We’re getting better at having an approach at the plate,” Joseph said. “We’re not just up there to swing just to swing. We’re starting to have a better approach at the plate and they’re listening. They’re listening to coaching, taking the feedback and they’re applying it. They’re doing well right now.”

The Eagles biggest run scoring play in the bottom of the third was a Reagan Sortland bases clearing double into the gap in left-center to push the Eagles out in front 6-1.

“Fastball, middle in, and I’m batting pretty low in the lineup and the bases were juiced so I kind of knew it was coming,” Sortland said.

The Eagles got enough breathing room in the fifth inning thanks to four walks in a row to stretch the lead out to 8-3.

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In the first game, Eagles starter Mason Lunzman went six innings, giving up six hits and striking out 10.

“I’ve been pitching for a while, feeling good playing catch today and in the bullpen I was feeling good. So, I went out there feeling good and I threw strikes,” Lunzman said. “It shows that I’m up there and I can do that.”

Eagles demolish Vistas in game two:

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Payton Hochhalter
The Jamestown Eagles' Payton Hochhalter throws a two-seam fastball against the Minot Vistas on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at Jack Brown Stadium.
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The Eagles poured it on early and often in the second game of the double header against the Vistas. The Eagles used a 13 run bottom of the fourth inning to get a 19-0 win. The Eagles continued to take advantage of the Vistas inability to get out of innings as they scored all 13 of the runs in the bottom of the fourth, with two outs.

“We’ve always had (confidence), we just weren’t clicking with the bats,” Joseph said. “Today, obviously we were clicking. I felt it a little bit when we were doing batting practice. The guys were swinging the bats really well, everybody was loose and letting the bat fly. We were there, we just needed to be consistent. That’s what we needed to do today, stay consistent.”

The Eagles starter Payton Hochhalter helped his case out at the plate as he led off the bottom of the second with a single to left and came around again in the frame, hitting a double to center to score two runs and make it a 6-0 game.

“It just felt really good, knowing I went up there and they were going to throw a lot of strikes, so I knew I could get a barrel on the ball,” Hochhalter said. “It also helped me in the pitching game too, to give me the confidence to go out there and throw strikes also.”

One of the big performers for the Eagles in game two was Carson Orr who went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs, including a double off the base of the wall to score two runs and start the parade in the bottom of the fourth.

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The last runs of the game were scored by Preston Gall who crushed a grand slam over the right-center field fence to make it 19-0.

The Eagles return to the diamond at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, when they go to Dickinson.

MV 4, P14 8

MV: 0 1 0 2 0 0 1–4 10 1

P14: 0 1 5 1 1 0 X–8 6 2

WP: Mason Lunzman LP: Tyler Buchanan

MV 0, P14 19

MV: 0 0 0 0 0–0 5 3

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P14: 0 6 0 13 X–19 20 0

WP: Payton Hochhalter LP: Carson Deaver

Max Fronk
Jamestown Eagles catcher blocks a ball in the dirt while the Minot Vistas' Jaxson Radke is at bat in the second game of a double header on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at Jack Brown Stadium.
Max O'Neill / The Jamestown Sun

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