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Tom Mix, Published July 30 2013

Dickinson, Jamestown prevail in opening round of Class A Legion tourney

WEST FARGO – James Kary did a little of everything for the Dickinson Roughriders on Tuesday.

Kary’s efforts on the mound and at the plate led to Dickinson’s 11-1 win over Williston during the opening round of the North Dakota Class A American Legion baseball tournament at West Fargo Legion Field.

Kary was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. On top of that, the Minot State University baseball recruit also scattered four hits and gave up only one run in a complete-game outing.

“He did an exceptional job,” Dickinson head coach Cory Hansen said. “He has pitched well all year and we haven’t given him any support. He has the best earned run average on the team, but he has the worst record because we haven’t given him run support. We finally put it together for him, having great at-bats with guys on. It was nice to see.”

The Roughriders (23-22) advance to play top-seeded West Fargo at 8 p.m. today. Williston (17-26) will play the loser of the Grand Forks-Wahpeton matchup at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Williston scored its lone run off Kary during the first inning when Isaac Erickson scored on a double off the bat of catcher Lane Huck.

“I was a little nervous coming into the first inning and left a few 0-2 pitches over the plate,” Kary said. “I was thankful the first inning didn’t burn me too much.”

Kary quickly settled down and had stretches where he retired a string of seven and 10 consecutive batters during the game.

The 6-foot-2, 220 pound right-hander finished with three strikeouts and only gave up one walk after throwing a total of 118 pitches.

“I was able to keep a pretty good hitting team off balance by throwing three pitches for strikes,” Kary said. “Thankfully I had all three going today. It turned out to be a perfect day for that to happen.”

Williston 100 000 00 – 1 4 0

Dickinson 400 002 05 – 11 14 2

Hove, Falcon (1), Axness (6), Borseth (8) and Huck. Kary and Erickson. W–Kary. L–Hove.

Jamestown 15, Mandan 5

Tuesday’s game against Mandan didn’t start out the best for Jamestown, but the end result was pleasant.

Jamestown scored a win over the Chiefs in seven innings during the opening round of the North Dakota Class A American Legion baseball tournament.

Precision defense and timely hitting proved to be the winning combination for Jamestown (23-18). Jamestown advances to play Bismarck at 4:30 p.m. today.

“We played great defensively,” Jamestown pitcher Riley Schafer said. “That’s something we take pride in and to show up and have no errors was something that really helped us win the ballgame.”

Schafer was 4-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and two runs scored. The 5-foot-7, 145-pound right-hander also got the win on the mound striking out five batters in a complete-game effort.

“Right away I came out with some nerves, but I tried slowing thing down a bit,” Schafer said. “I went back to mechanics and rely on my two-seam fastball and off-speed pitches.”

Third baseman Brady Anderson was 3-for-5 with two runs scored for Jamestown. In total, Jamestown collected 12 hits and capitalized on five errors by Mandan.

“It was nice to see hopefully we can keep it going.” Schafer said of Jamestown’s offensive output. “We had good approaches at the plate and everyone contributed.”

Mandan (11-32) plays the loser of the Fargo-Minot matchup at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

Mandan infielder Alex Weiand connected for a home run in the first inning for the Chiefs.

Mandan 400 100 0 – 5 6 5

Jamestown 405 110 4 – 15 12 0

Walters, Weiand (4) Murphy (7) and Leingang, Ziemann (7). Schafer and Gebhardt. W–Schafer. L–Walters. HR–M, Weiand.

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