WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- If the Jamestown Eagles were looking for momentum heading into next weekend’s state American Legion A Baseball Tournament, they found it in the Bakken oil field, of all places.
They had already clinched a berth in the state tournament which begins July 30 in Jamestown and were playing for the West Region title on Saturday afternoon versus the Minot Metros. What followed was a stunning performance from a team clicking in all aspects of its game. The Eagles coasted to the West crown with a 12-1 win over Minot that was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule. On Saturday evening the Eagles came home with a trophy, looking to earn another.
“We started off getting on top of them right away, getting some guys on base, hit-and-running and bunting and stuff like that,” said Eagles coach Sam Joseph. “Everything was on all cylinders today.”
The Eagles scored early, taking a 1-0 lead in their half of the first inning. After the Metros tied it up, briefly, the Eagles put 10 runs on the board in the bottom of the third, sending 14 batters to the plate and putting the game into 10-run rule territory early.
Once again it was Jackson Walters doing the biggest damage at the plate. He went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple and three RBI. It capped off a superlative weekend for him.
“Jackson Walters was probably the MVP of the tournament,” Joseph said, on Walters' stellar three days. “He had a few triples, a handful of doubles and was just an RBI machine this weekend. He’s been consistent in setting the table for everyone behind him.”
The Eagles got a quality start from Jacoby Nold, who pitched the first three innings and got the win. Knowing that the game would likely end early due to their sizable lead, Joseph got Masen Lunzman and Kasen Rowell some innings, thinking ahead to next week.
“Right now we’re right where we need to be,” Joseph said. “We’re hitting the ball well, playing good defense, pitching well, so the ending to a weekend like this is a big momentum boost for us, especially knowing that we’ll be playing against some really tough East teams.”
The Eagles take a 22-8 record into the state tournament.