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Tom Mix, Published July 31 2013

Bismarck holds on to top Jamestown during Class A American Legion baseball tournament

WEST FARGO – Jamestown mounted a ninth-inning rally, but the comeback wasn’t enough to snatch a victory from No. 2-seeded Bismarck.

The Governors held on for a 5-3 win over Jamestown during the North Dakota Class A American Legion state baseball tournament on Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Field.

It was a tightly contested game throughout, and Jamestown made it interesting, sending seven batters to the plate in the top of the ninth inning to push Bismarck to the limit.

“Both teams played very well,” Bismarck head coach Mike Skytland said. “No errors on the board in a nine-inning game is pretty impressive. They sure made us win the game. A couple of our guys made some big plays in a close, good baseball game.”

Bismarck (31-16) advances to play Grand Forks at 8 p.m. today. With the loss, Jamestown (23-19) plays the winner of the loser-out game between Williston and Wahpeton at 2 p.m. Friday.

“We were right in there,” Jamestown head coach Shane Schoeneberg said.

Jamestown got on the scoreboard first when Joey Gebhardt scored on an RBI single by Nick Fuchs in the second inning.

Bismarck answered with a run in the bottom of the second and took a 3-1 lead when outfielder Josh Seibel connected for a two-run home run in the fourth inning.

Jamestown cut Bismarck’s lead to one, scoring a run in the seventh thanks to an RBI single by Jake Stilwell. Bismarck got out of the seventh with a double play and later scored two runs in the eighth inning when Andrew Dill connected for a two-run single.

Down to its final three outs and trailing 5-2, Fuchs led off the top of the ninth with a walk and later scored on an RBI single by Landon Weiser.

Bismarck reliever Zach Schuchard was brought in and got the save despite allowing two singles and a walk. Schuchard struck out Gebhardt with the bases loaded to end the game.

“We loaded the bases and were one hit away from tying it if not taking the lead,” Schoeneberg said. “I thought Brian (Wenzel) pitched his tail off and we competed. Once again, we didn’t commit an error, so we have played two games without an error. We had quite a few hits, but not enough big hits with guys in scoring position.”

J 010 000 101–3 12 0

B 010 200 02x–5 11 0

Wenzel and Gebhardt. Dinga, Wolf (7), Schuchard (9) and Irey. W–Dinga. L–Wenzel. S–Schuchard.

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