The Post 115 Legion baseball team had a marathon of a week, highlighted by a no-hitter by two pitchers against Crosby.
By COLE BENZ
Post 115 Bears – 10
Crosby Cubs – 2
Two Post 115 hurlers combined to throw a no-hitter against Crosby. Brandon Pierce took the win and Jarred Mattis relieved him to beat the Cubs 10-2 in a rain-shortened six-inning game.
Pierce started on the mound for the Bears and went four strong innings. He struck out seven and only walked three. Hoping to preserve his ace, head coach Nolan Dix took him out of the game and sent Jarred Mattis to the mound.
“I took Brandon out, because I’m not going to kill his arm,” Dix said.
Mattis picked up where Pierce left off with two strong innings of his own. He had two walks and struck out four.
The Bears’ bats came alive too.
Pierce went 4-for-4 and had two doubles and four RBI. Hudson Pierce also was 4-for-4 and had three RBI. Jacob Dix went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Dan Baesler went 2-for-2 with two walks and Cole Osendorf went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.
The second game of the double-header was canceled due to the weather. Dix only brought 10 players with him. To cut down on travel time for both squads, they met at a neutral site and played in Watford City.
Post 115 Bears – 18
Stanley Blue Jays – 10
Brandon Pierce had quite the day at the plate in the first game of a double header against the Stanley Blue Jays. Pierce went 4-for-5 and had four doubles. He also added six RBI for the game.
Jacob Dix started the game and went three innings and had four strikeouts. Jarred Mattis and Cole Osendorf came on in relief and each tallied three strikeouts.
Osendorf had a hot bat too, going 4-for-5 with two stolen bases and scored four times.
Hudson Pierce went 4-for-5 and Kyle Burwick went 3-for-4.
Post 115 Bears -10
Stanley Blue Jays – 24
Walks hurt the Bears in the second contest of the double header against the Blue Jays. Dix put four different pitchers on the mound en route to a 17-walk, 18-earned run loss to Crosby.
Osendorf started and was relieved by Jaxon Mellmer, followed by Ryan Sime and Hudson Pierce.
The Bears kept it close until through the third inning though. Only down 10-8, the Blue Jays scored five times in the fourth.
The Blue Jays grabbed another run in the fifth inning before putting the game away in the sixth and final inning with eight runs.
Brandon Pierce stayed hot at the plate and highlighted the Bears’ hitting after going 3-for-4 with another three doubles.
Osendorf went 3-for-4 and Jacob Dix had another two hits.
Jarred Mattis went 2-for-4 and Hudson Pierce went 1-for-4 with two RBI.
Post 115 – 0
Hazen – 7
During the final home stand of the season, the Bears were outscored 19-2 during the double header at Mirror Lake Ballpark against the Hazen Astros.
Shaky defense led to six errors behind a strong pitching performance by Damon Mellmer hurt the Bears in the first game. The two teams combined for only 5 hits en route to a 7-0 loss for the Bears.
Mellmer pitched a complete game with three strikeouts. He took the loss and gave up four earned runs.
The Astros had a stellar pitching performance too, the Bears didn’t reach base safely with a hit until the fourth inning.
Alex Bartholomay and Cole Osendorf combined to go 2-for-6 on the day, the only two hits for the Bears.
Post 115 – 2
Hazen – 12
Walks hurt Post 115 in the second contest against Hazen. Jaxon Mellmer and Ryan Sime pitched into the bottom of the fifth inning when the Astros won on the 10-run rule. Both pitchers combined to walk seven. The Bears out hit Hazen 7-5.
Post 115 – 20
Renville County – 5
The Post 115 Bears had probably their best two-game series, according to head coach Nolan Dix.
Brandon Pierce went the distance and got the win in a 5-inning complete game. He tallied seven strikeouts and went 4-for-5 at the plate with four RBI and three runs scored.
Jacob Dix had the big bat not he day, going 3-for-5 with a double and a home run. He drove in six runs and scored three runs.
Jarred Mattis went 3-for-5 and scored three times. Jordan Dilse went 2-for-3 with three runs scored.
Post 115 – 13
Renville County – 3
Jarred Mattis was on the bump to start the second game and went five innings, getting the complete-game win after the Bears closed out Renville County with the 10-run rule again. Mattis had seven strikeouts and allowed three earned runs. He also went 3-4 at the plate.
Cole Osendorf went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Hudson Pierce went a perfect 4-for-4 and had three RBI.
Brandon Pierce went 3-for-4 with three RBI and Alex Bartholomay went 2-3 and scored once.
“We hit the ball well, we pitched well,” Dix said. “Kind of two all-around good games.”
Dix said this was probably the best two-game series of the season, especially considering Renville County was currently in the No. 3 spot in the standings.
Dix and his team open up the regional tournament on Tuesday, July 19. The pairings weren’t available at the time this went to press.