BY JAMESTOWN SUN STAFF
Mandan and Williston moved on, as West Fargo and Fargo’s American Legion baseball seasons came to a close at the state Class A tournament at Bismarck’s Municipal Ballpark on Friday.
Mandan first skirted past West Fargo 6-5, behind Aaron Janz’s 3-for-4 performance at the plate. Janz drove in a run and scored a run, as Mandan posted 10 hits in all.
Steve Serr also had a solid day offensively for Mandan, going a perfect 2-for-2, scoring a run and driving in a run.
Starting pitcher Brett Bryan earned the win on the mound for Mandan, pitching 8 innings before Jordy Wenstrom came in to shut the door in the ninth. Kolby Schmidt shouldered the loss for West Fargo.
A four-run top of the third propelled Williston past Fargo 8-5 in the second game of the afternoon in Bismarck.
Fargo jumped out to an early 3-2 lead after one inning, but was unable to answer Williston’s big third inning down the stretch. Starter Alex Hanson notched the win for Williston, striking out seven Fargo hitters over nine innings.
Cory Vinger went 2-for-4 at the plate for Williston, driving in 2 RBIs and scoring a run. Matt Wawers took the loss on the hill for Fargo.
The final game of the day between Minot and Bismarck was not finished by the time The Sun went to press. Mandan will face the loser of the Minot/Bismarck game today at 1 p.m., while Williston will take on the winner of the Minot/Bismarck game at 4 p.m.
North Dakota State Class A American Legion Baseball Tournament
At Bismarck Municipal ballpark
Mandan 6, West Fargo 5
West Fargo 100 021 001 — 5 7 2
Mandan 040 020 00x — 6 10 5
Kolby Schmidt, Bryce Jorgenson (6) and David Johnson. Brett Bryan, Jordy Wenstrom (9) and Steve Serr. W — Bryan. L — Schmidt. S — Wenstrom. HR — None.
Highlights: WF — Bryce Jorgenson 1-for-4, RBI. Matt Strahm 2-for-4, 2 2B, R. Eric Benson 1-for-4. Johnson 1-for-4, 2B, R. Andy Young 2-for-4, R, 2 RBIs. M — Brandon Austad 2-for-4, RBI. Reid Jungling 1-for-4, R. Sam Salveson 1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI. Aaron Janz 3-for-4, R, RBI. Andy Conlon 1-for-4, R. Steve Serr 2-for-2, R, RBI.
Williston 8, Fargo 5
Williston 204 000 200 — 8 14 2
Fargo 300 100 100 — 5 9 2
Alex Hanson and Oliver Sogard. Matt Wawers, Bryce Venaas (7) and Matt Fiechtner. W — Hanson. L — Wawers. HR — None.
Highlights: W — Hanson 9 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 7 SO. Austin Grunstad 2-for-5, 2B, R. Jeff Beckman 2-for-5, R, RBI. C.J. Vinger 3-for-5, R. Jon Westphal 1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI. Sogard 1-for-5, R, RBI. Cory Vinger 2-for-4, R, 2 RBIs. Connor Long 1-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBIs. Evan Conlin 2-for-4, RBI. F — Matt Achter 3-for-5, 3B, R, RBI. Mike Jones 2-for-5, R, RBI. Fiechtner 2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI. Brady Horner 1-for-4.