Braves baseball team ends season at west region
Mandan fell in two games at this year’s west region tournament, ending the team’s chances of a 2013 state appearance.
The sixth seeded Braves first faced the third seed Jamestown Bluejays in the quarterfinal round. Mandan got on the board first in the top of the first inning, as leadoff man Brady Zittleman got on base with a walk and made his way to second and third with a sacrifice bunt and a failed pickoff attempt. A single by Logan McDowell brought him home, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead.
But that would be Mandan’s only lead in the game, as Jamestown pushed its way ahead with four runs scored in the fourth inning, something Mandan couldn’t overcome, as the team lost 4 to 1.
Facing a loser-out game against Williston, the Braves allowed two runs to score in the first inning, but responded with a run of its own in the second. But by the third inning the game got away from them as Williston pounded four runs, and then followed that inning up with eight more runs scored in the next three innings, as Mandan fell 14 to 5 to end its season.
At the close of the tournament, Mandan’s Brady Zittleman was named to this year’s West Region All-Tournament Team.
West region tournament results
at Mandan Memorial Ballpark
Jamestown 4, Mandan 1
Mandan 100 000 0 – 1 5 1
Jamestown 000 400 x – 4 4 1
Dylan Scherr and Trever Leingang; Brian Wenzel and Joey Gebhardt. W – Wenzel, 4-0. L – Scherr, 3-1. HR – None.
Highlights: M – Brady Zittleman 1-for-2, double, 1 R; Logan McDowall 1-for-3, 1 RBI; Matt Ziemann 1-for-3, 1 SB; Scherr 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO. J – Landon Weiser 2-for-2, double, 2 RBIs; Wenzel 0-for-3, 2 RBIs; 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.
Williston 14, Mandan 5
Williston 204 116 0 – 14 16 2
Mandan 012 020 0 - 5 8 2
Alex Haaland, Brady Miller (6) and Ty Berg; Kyler Vogel, Jared Walterss (4), Zach Scott (6) and Brady Zittleman. W – Haaland, 1-3. L – Vogel, 1-3. HR – None.
Highlighs: W – Seth Falcon 4-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI; Caden Lerbakken 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB; Isaac Erickson 2-for-3, 2 R; Haaland 2-for-5, double, 1 RBI; Jake Stevens 1-for-1, double, 2 RBIs; Miller 2-for-5, double, 2 R, 3 RBIs; 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. M – Vogel 2-for-4, 2 R; Logan McDowall 2-for-3, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs; Matt Ziemann 1-for-3, triple, 1 R.
Records: Williston 4-12, Mandan 4-14.
West Region senior athlete: Caleb Fornshell, Minot
West Region coach of the year: Kelley Kessler, Jamestown
Bismarck: Nathan Dinga, Josh Seibel. Dickinson: James Kary, Alex Huschka. Minot: Caleb Fornshell, Demitry Zafra. Jamestown: Jake Stilwell, Tyler Ukestad. Williston: Caden Lerbakken. St. Mary’s: Trent Bohan, Jacob Brucker. Mandan: Brady Zittleman.