Connor Hoyt’s resilience and efficiency proved season-ending for the Bismarck Capitals.

With the Class A state Legion tournament’s pitching wearing thin, the Jamestown Post 14 lefthander twirled a seven-hit shutout in a 6-0 victory Sunday at Jack Brown Stadium.

The win keeps Jamestown’s state championship hopes alive, playing Wahpeton at 6 p.m. Monday.

“We’re gonna keep battling,” said Jamestown coach Sam Joseph, whose team overcame four errors to advance to the final four. “We’re gonna make errors, and we’re gonna give up hits. As long as we stay on it and do what we have to do, we’re good.”

Hoyt was efficient from the hill, finishing with 96 pitches including 72 strikes. Twenty of the 30 batters he faced saw a first-pitch strike.

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“A lot of changeups and two-seamers,” said Hoyt, who struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. “I had confidence in my low changeup and my two-seamer outside. It seemed to work.”

It was a strong enough performance that Jamestown coach Sam Joseph compared Hoyt’s style to a Hall of Famer.

“He’s a Tom Glavine-type guy,” Joseph said. “He’s not gonna throw hard, but he’s gonna challenge you. You think he’s gonna throw slow? He’ll throw one even slower. He’s not afraid to do that.”

Joseph said Hoyt is a student of the game.

“He’s a pitcher’s pitcher,” Joseph said. “He’s very studious of that position. He knows what he wants to throw, and he commands all of his pitches.”

Of course, scoring four runs in the first two innings made a difference for the Eagles, who entered having scored only one combined run in the first four innings of its two tournament games, including in a loss on Saturday.

“Scoring early is huge just for momentum,” said Jacoby Nold, who went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs batted in and a run scored from the No. 3 spot in the order. “We have guys with experience who are good players. They know how to bounce back. We keep playing our baseball and good things will happen.”

Mason Lunzman, Jackson Walters and Jacoby Nold opened the contest with base hits. The first run of the game came on a sacrifice fly from Gage Orr that scored Lunzman. An error on the next play allowed Nold to score, giving Post 14 all the offense needed for the win. Walters and

Lunzman had solid days for Post 14, each collecting two hits.

“It’s always good when you can come out and get two quick runs,” Joseph said. “Puts a lot of pressure on them.”

Jamestown 6, Bismarck Capitals 0

Capitals 000 000 0 – 0 7 2

Eagles 220 200 x – 6 9 4

Josh Kolling, Tony Burkel (5) and Jared Sarsten. Connor Hoyt and Isaac Mimong. W – Hoyt. L –


Highlights: BC, Josh Kolling 2-4. J, Jacoby Nold 3-3, 2 R, RBI, double, Jackson Walters 2-3, 2 RBI,

R, double, Mason Lunzman 2-4, R, Mimong 1-1, RBI, BB, Michael Mahoney 1-1, 2 R, Hoyt 7 IP, 0

R, 7 H, 0 BB, 5 K.

Records: BC 26-16, J 24-9.

Wahpeton 3, West Fargo Aces 0

Scoreless in the bottom of the fifth, Isaac Lossmore crushed a three-run homer to propel Wahpeton to the win, cementing its position in the tournament’s driver’s seat.

Caden Kappes started the fifth by drawing a walk and Gavin Schroeder singled to move him over, setting up Lossmore’s blast on a 1-0 offering from West Fargo’s Caleb Anderson, who was otherwise effective in the loss.

Wahpeton starter Ethan Manock pitched a gem, surrendering six hits over seven shutout innings. He had two strikeouts.

The win essentially puts Wahpeton into the state championship game, as it will have to bebeaten twice over the final two days.

Wahpeton 3, West Fargo Aces 0

West Fargo 000 000 0 – 0 6 0

Wahpeton 000 030 x – 3 6 1

Caleb Anderson, Leyton Hofland (5) and XXX. Ethan Manock and Jackson Fliflet. W – Manock. L – Anderson.

Highlights: WF, Caleb Duerr 2-3, Mason Stoelting 1-4. Wahp, Isaac Lossmore 1-3, 3-run HR,

Gavin Schroeder 1-3, R, Caden Kappes 1-3, BB, R, Manock 7 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 0 BB, 2 K.

Records: WF N/A, Wahpeton 35-6.


Valley City 10, West Fargo Vets 6

Joseph Cummings belted a three-run double to tie the game in the sixth, and Gerhardt drew a bases-loaded walk for the eventual winning run in the top of the seventh as Valley City eliminated the West Fargo Vets.

Braxton Jorissen earned the win in relief, entering in the third and going the rest of the way.

Mitchel Taylor and Tate Sufficool each had a pair of hits for Valley City.

West Fargo was led at the plate by Max Burkhart’s two-RBI performance.

Valley City 10, West Fargo Vets 6

Valley City 000 024 4 – 10 10 2

West Fargo 004 020 0 – 6 7 0

Adam Bitz, Braxton Jorissen (3) and Joseph Cummings. Tanner Larson, Ethan Smith (6), Logan

Vangerud (7) and Peyton Jantzi. W – Jorissen. L – Larson.

Highlights: VC, Mitchel Taylor 2-4, 2 R, Tate Sufficool 2-4, R, 2 RBI, Cummings 1-3, 3 RBI, Bitz 1-

4, 2 RBI, Gavin Gerhardt 1-3, 2 R, RBI, BB. WF, Max Burkhart 1-4, 2 RBI, James Hagen 1-3, R, RBI,

BB, Jantzi 1-3, double, BB.

Records: VC 17-19, WF Vets 25-15.

At a glance

Class A state Legion tournament

At Jack Brown Stadium

Today’s games


Valley City 10, West Fargo Vets 6

Jamestown 6, Bismarck Capitals 0

Winner’s bracket

Wahpeton 3, West Fargo Aces 0

Monday’s games

Valley City vs. WF Aces, 3 p.m.

Wahpeton vs. Jamestown, 6 p.m.

NOTE: Wahpeton is the lone remaining unbeaten team and will have to be beaten twice.