Jul. 28—WEST FARGO — In order for the Jamestown Eagles to stay in the winner's bracket at the state tournament, they needed a big performance from Jacoby Nold and that's what they got. The college sophomore pitched a complete game, allowing two hits and one run that helped the Eagles get a 2-1 win over the West Fargo Patriots on Wednesday, July 27.
The win pushes the Eagles' winning streak to three games, their third such streak this season.
"We're playing a lot of confidence," Eagles head coach Sam Joseph said. "We just got done playing one of the best teams in the state and they played really. We're doing well, we're going to keep it rolling."
The Eagles opened the scoring in the top of the first when Jackson Walters hit a double and then was brought home on a Jacoby Nold double to make it 1-0.
The Patriots broke through in the bottom of the sixth when Caleb Duerr lined a single to center to score Trey Stovker to tie the game at one in the bottom of the sixth.
The Eagles responded in the top of the seventh when Gage Orr led off with a double before a Max Fronk RBI single to score Orr that put the Eagles in front 2-1.
At the plate, Nold helped himself out by going 2-for-3 with one RBI. Nold's two hits were part of a five-hit day by the Eagles with the other three hits coming from Fronk, Orr and Walters.
Patriots starter Matt Heapel was dealing throwing a complete game, giving up five hits, two runs, and one walk while striking out three.
The most pitches that Nold threw in an inning was 23 pitches in the second inning, and he only threw eight pitches in the bottom of the seventh to finish the game.
"Jacoby, he's been working on his mechanics, he's been working on his approach while he's been on the mound," Joseph said. "He did what we knew he could do all year. He did a great job keeping their batters off balance, mixing up the pitches in different counts. He commanded the zone really well."
The Eagles return to the diamond at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, when they face Fargo Post 2.
P14 2, WFP 1
P14: 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 — 2 5 2
WFP: 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 — 1 2 1
WP: Jacoby Nold LP: Matt Heapel