Locked in a pitchers’ duel with Valley City, Jamestown Post 14’s defensive ability proved timely Friday night at Jack Brown Stadium.

The Eagles secured a pair of double plays to back up six strong innings from Jacoby Nold, and Michael Mahoney drove in the winning run in the fifth in their 1-0 Class A state Legion baseball opening-round win over Valley City.

Jamestown (23-8) meets the West Fargo Aces in the winners’ bracket at 7 p.m. today. The Eagles’ defense wasn’t perfect all night, committing three errors that turned out to be harmless. However, timely double plays proved crucial.

Valley City had runners on first and third with one out in the first inning, when Jamestown second baseman Gage Orr caught a pop-up and fired to first to end the inning. In the third, Jamestown third baseman Jackson Walters stretched to catch an infield blooper and doubled up the Royals with a throw to first.

“It’s a big momentum shift when that happens,” Jamestown coach Sam Joseph said. “Our defense has been up and down, and we’ve been preaching just to get to the next play. And Jacoby Nold threw strikes in there for us to get those double plays.”

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Nold pitched into the seventh, getting the first out before being pulled at 78 pitches. He surrendered just two hits without walking anyone, striking out six Valley City hitters.

“Everything was working,” Nold said. “We got the nerves out early, and I felt like we got the bats working a little better.”

Valley City’s Gavin Gerhardt reached on error against reliever Mason Lunzman in the seventh, but the crafty lefty used a nice pickoff move to get the second out. Lunzman ended the game a pitch later, striking out Joseph Cummings on a high fastball.

“Gage (Orr) told me I should pick over, and it worked,” Lunzman said. “I’ve started working on (my pickoff move), and it’s gotten better.”

The lone run of the game came in the fifth inning, when Payton Hochhalter drew a one-out walk, moved to second on a passed ball and then scored on Mahoney’s liner up the middle.

“Michael Mahoney has a great swing, and he has to believe that, too,” Joseph said. “He’s not like any other (No. 9) hitter down there. He can drive in runs.”

The loss spoiled a strong performance from Valley City starter Mitchel Taylor, who went six innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks. He had three strikeouts.

Jamestown Post 14 1, Valley City Post 60 0
Valley City 000 000 0 – 0 2 0
Jamestown 000 010 x – 1 3 3
Mitchel Taylor and Joseph Cummings. Jacoby Nold, Mason Lunzman (7) and Isaac Mimong. W
– Nold. L – Taylor.
Highlights: VC, Taylor 6 IP, R, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K. J, Nold 6.1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 6 K, Michael
Mahoney 1-2, GW RBI, Payton Hochhalter BB, GW run, Mimong 1-2, Gage Orr 1-2.
Records: VC 15-19, J 23-8.

West Fargo Aces 2, Bismarck Reps 1
Konner Entz’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a 1-1 tie as West Fargo
completed a late rally.
West Fargo starter Caleb Duerr pitched into the seventh, allowing just an earned run on six hits
without walking a batter. He finished with seven strikeouts in the win.
Tommy Kralijic led the Reps with two hits. Matthew Porter took the loss on the hill.
West Fargo Aces 2, Bismarck Reps 1
Bismarck 100 000 0 – 1 6 1
West Fargo 000 011 x – 2 6 0
Matthew Porter and Aaron Urlacher. Caleb Duerr, Leyton Hofland (7) and Eastin Heisler. W –
Duerr. L – Porter.
Highlights: B, Porter 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 0 BB. 2 K, Tommy Kralijic 2-3. WF. Duerr 6 IP, ER, 6 H,
0 BB, 7 K, Carter Carlson 2-2, double, Konner Entz 1-2, RBI.
Records: Reps 21-8-2, Aces N/A.
West Fargo Vets 8, Minot Metros 0
Skyler Hoard pitched five shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out seven to lead the
West Fargo Vets.
West Fargo scored one in each of the fourth and fifth, and two in the sixth. Two wild pitches and
two errors led to four runs for the Vets in the seventh.
For Minot, Jaxon Radke suffered the loss, going six innings.
West Fargo Vets 8, Minot Metros 0
WF 000 112 4 - 0 3 3
MM 000 000 0 - 8 11 1
Skyler Hoard, Tanner Larson (6), Tanner Boehm (7) and Peyton Jantzi. Jaxon Radke, Mason
Zietz (7), Luke Balas (7) and Adam Roedocker. W – Hoard. L – Radke.
Highlights: WF, Skyler Hoard 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K, James Hagen 2-5, 2 R, double, Max
Burkhart 1-1, 2 RBI, walk, Griffen Staahl 2-4, RBI, walk, Larson 2-4, R. MM, Carter Mowbray
1-3, Kaleb Spitzer 1-3.
Records: WF Vets 25-13, MM 15-19.
Wahpeton Post 20 3, Bismarck Capitals 1
Wahpeton pitchers Hunter Wamre and Ethan Manock combined on a one-run performance,
scattering seven singles over seven innings as Post 20 opened the tournament with a win.
Post 20 took a 2-0 lead in the third on a two-run single from Gavin Schroeder, adding an
insurance run in the fifth.
Capitals starter Josh Lardy went the distance in the loss. Seth Dietz and Connor Schatz each had two hits for Bismarck.

Wahpeton 3, Bismarck Capitals 1
Capitals 000 100 0 - 1 7 0
Wahpeton 002 010 x - 3 5 1
Josh Lardy and Jared Sarsten. Hunter Wamre, Ethan Manock (5) and Jackson Fliflet. W -
Wamre. L - Lardy. Save - Manock.
Highlights: BC, Seth Dietz 2-3, R, Connor Schatz 2-3, Lardy 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, BB, 8 K. W, Gavin
Schroeder 1-3, 2 RBI, Manock 2-3, Wamre 4.1 IP, R, 6 H, 0 BB, 1 K.
Records: W 33-6, BC 25-15.
At a glance
Class A state Legion tournament
At Jack Brown Stadium
Friday’s opening round
Wahpeton 3, Bismarck Caps 1
West Fargo Vets 8, Minot Metros 0
West Fargo Aces 2, Bismarck Reps 1
Jamestown 1, Valley City 0
Today’s games
Bismarck Caps vs. Minot Metros, 11 a.m.
Bismarck Reps vs. Valley City, 1:30 p.m.
Winner’s bracket
Wahpeton vs. West Fargo Vets, 4:30 p.m.
West Fargo Aces vs. Jamestown, 7 p.m.