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Mehrer supplies pinch-hit, 2-run single as Midgets top Jamestown

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson senior Mitchell Mehrer connects with a two-run single in the sixth inning during a West Region game against Jamestown on Friday at Southside Municipal Ballpark and Astoria Field.

“It was just a gut check.”

Those were the words Dickinson senior Mitchell Mehrer used to describe his two-out pinch-hit, two-run single in the sixth inning.

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Mehrer’s two-run single drove in courtesy runner Kendall Jones and center fielder Joe Mayer were insurance runs as Dickinson defeated Jamestown 6-3 in a West Region game on Friday at Southside Municipal Ballpark and Astoria Field. The Midgets finished off the sweep with a 5-1 win as Mehrer picked up the victory on the mound.

“I just wanted to put it in play and put it to the right side,” Mehrer said.

During the previous eight games, Mehrer collected three hits in eight at bats for a .375 average. Mehrer said it’s reassuring his team has confidence to deliver key hits.

“(Coach Pete Dobitz) and my teammates believe in me,” he said.

The Midgets pitching staff also limited the number of Jamestown chances with a pair of inning-ending double plays. The double plays left a total of three Jamestown runners in scoring position.

Jamestown head coach Kelley Kessler said the team couldn’t come up with another big hit.

“We gave ourselves a chance and put a lot of base runners on,” he said. “We just didn’t quite come up with that big hit. We didn’t make any errors. All in all besides the loss, we competed well and if we play like that we are going to put ourselves in a position to win some baseball games.”

It didn’t take long for the Midgets to put the Blue Jays in a hole. Dickinson scored three runs in the first inning. Luke Herauf, Michael McChesney and Brett Schweitzer all deliver RBI hits in the first.

However, the Midgets were quieted by Tyler Ukestad over the next three innings. Ukestad went the distance and allowed six runs on nine hits.

“Tyler changes speeds pretty well,” Kessler said. “He left a few balls up in that first inning and against good hitters you can’t do that. They did a good job of jumping on it and capitalizing on it right away. Once he did settle down, he changed speeds well and he was an effective pitcher.”

Dickinson starting pitcher Mark Erickson cruised through the first four innings, but got into trouble in the fifth.

The Blue Jays started off the inning with a walk and back-to-back hits. Landon Weiser delivered a RBI double to right. Erickson struck out the next two batters, but Nate Soulis scored on a wild pitch and Ukestad ripped a game-tying RBI single to center.

Dickinson responded with run in the bottom of the fifth after Dylan Wallner hit a leadoff single to center and stole a pair of bases to get to third. Cole Anderson drove in the game-winning run on a RBI groundout to score Wallner.

Erickson went back out to start the sixth inning, but lasted for one out before he put runners were on second and third. Herauf came in for relief and kept Jamestown off the board with an inning-ending double play.

Herauf got out with the final inning with double play. He picked up the win and went 1 2/3 innings, allowed no runs on two hits and struck out one.

Tanner Hopfauf, McChesney and Wallner each had two hits, while Schweitzer was 1 for 1 with a RBI and two walks.

“The three guys that we’ve really been getting after and working with in practice in hitting really came through for us,” Dobitz said. “It was Dylan Wallner, Michael McChesney and Mitchell Mehrer. All three had pretty solid games tonight.”

During the second game, Mehrer, Dylan Skabo and Spencer Murphy combined to throw a no-hitter.

The Midgets scored five runs in the first two innings as Dylan Skabo had two hits and RBI, while McChesney had a hit.

Jamestown’s lone RBI came from Andrew Hornung.

The Midgets return to the diamond to host West Region opponent Williston at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“It’s prom weekend and I told the boys to go out and enjoy prom,” Dobitz said. “Keep it safe and keep it clean and enjoy it. We are going to come back Monday and go right back to work. As the season warms up, the hitting is getting better. The bats are warming up. We just have to clean up the defense a little bit.”

Jamestown 000 030 0 — 3 7 0

Dickinson 300 012 x — 6 9 3

Tyler Ukestad and Joey Gebhardt. Mark Erickson, Luke Herauf (6) and Andrew Heckaman.

W–Herauf. L–Ukestad. HR–None.

Highlights: J, Ukestad 2 for 4, RBI; Landon Wesier 1 for 2, 2B, RBI, run, HBP; Scott Nelson 1 for 4, RBI; Nick Fuchs 1 for 2, run; Nate Soulis 1 for 3, run. D, Mitchell Mehrer 1 for 1, 2 RBI; Michael McChesney 2 for 3, 2 2B, RBI, run; Brett Schweitzer 1 for 1, 2BB, RBI; Tanner Hopfauf 2 for 3; Dylan Wallner 2 for 3, 2 SB, run; Luke Herauf 1 for 3, RBI; Dylan Skabo BB, SB, run; Cole Anderson RBI.

Jamestown 000 10 — 1 0 3

Dickinson 230 0x — 5 3 0

Mitchell Mehrer, Dylan Skabo (4), Spencer Murphy (5). Tanner Lunzman.

W–Mehrer. L–Lunzman. HR–None.

Highlights: J, Andrew Hornung RBI. D, Skabo 2 hits, RBI; McChesney hit; Kendall Jones RBI.