JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – Brody Richardson’s two-run double capped a three run sixth inning leading Gillette, Wyoming to a 5-4 win over Jamestown in the final game of the 5th annual Phil Brown American Legion Baseball Classic.
With the game tied at three and two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Richardson lifted a high fly ball to right field. It appeared right fielder Kohl Kratz had the ball measured but then he lost it in the twilight sky and it fell behind him and one-hopped off the wall. With two outs, Hayden Syltie and Mason Powell were off when the ball hit the bat and score easily to give the Riders a 5-3 lead.
Jamestown would get a run back in the bottom of the inning on Aaron Kleven’s sacrifice fly. But Post 14 would not mount any rally in the seventh when Chris Erickson hit a line drive to the Rider’s shortstop Zach Brown who caught the ball knee high then fired to first to double off courtesy runner Jeremy Williams for the game ending double play.
Jamestown opened the scoring in the first when Dawson Douty reached on an error, then moved around to third on two passed balls before scoring on a Zach Brown error on a hard grounder hit by Max Anderson.
Post 42 would tie it in the second on Brody Richardson’s sacrifice fly then took the lead at 2-1 when Tanner Richards stole home on a perfectly executed delayed double steal.
Post 14 would take the lead back with two runs in the third. The first came in on a Chris Erickson rbi single and the lead run scored on a fielder’s choice when Max Anderson forced Erickson at second but beat the throw to first.
Ryder Lunzman took the loss goin seven innings allowing nine hits and five earned runs. He walked two and struck out six.
With the win, Gillette finished the tournament 4-1 t take home the championship. Jamestown was 3-2 along with Carrington and West Fargo. Minot and Devils Lake each had one win in the tourney.
In the first game of the day, Jamestown scored 18 runs in the fourth inning turning an 18-2 deficit into a 20-18 lead. They would added two runs in the fifth and four in the sixth for the 26-18 win over Minot. The Metros score six runs in each of the the first three innings but could not hold the lead. The game also saw a 46 minute rain delay with Minot up 12-0 in the third.
Chris Erickson, Andrew Haugland and Jacob Schemp had three hits each. Erickson drove in six runs. Dawson Douty, Tommy Falk and Isaac Mimong had two hits each as Post 14 had 18 for the game. All nine starters had at least one hit, scored one run and had one rbi. Jacoby Nold picked up the win in relief in his first ever appearance for Post 14.
Jamestown is now 10-7 on the year and will host Bismarck 15s on Monday night before getting back into Southwest Divisional play on Thursday when they travel to the capital city to take on the Reps. Game one starts at 5:30 with the pregame at 5:15 and can be heard on 1400/107.1 ESPN Jamestown and newsdakota.com.
West Fargo 11 Carrington 2
Starting pitcher Abe Mestdalen went 3-for-4 at the plate to help his own cause and left fielder Addison Krank was 3-for-4 as well to help the Aces of West Fargo Class A ballclub defeat Class B Carrington on Sunday afternoon at Jack Brown Stadium.
The Aces improve to 14-11 overall, Post 25 drops to 15-4.
Mestdalen hit three singles and had an RBI and picked up the victory on the mound. Krank had two singles and a bases clearing double in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Post 25 had two hits each from Kyle Leapoldt (two singles) and Trey Rosenau (a single & an RBI double in the the top half of the second inning). Zach Johnson took the loss. Carrington Post 25 finished 3-2 in the tourney, winning their first three games against Minot, Jamestown and Devils Lake, then dropping their last two against Gillette, Wyoming on Saturday night and then West Fargo on Sunday afternoon.
Next up for Carrington Post 25 will be on Tuesday in Mayville for 2-7 inning games starting at 3pm. AM 1600 KDAK and newsdakota.com will provide the pregame at 2:45pm, first pitch at 3pm and will cover both games.