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Knights doubled up in doubleheader: Garrison takes down Belfield-South Heart in SW Sub-Regional clash

BELFIELD -- In a pair of contests that were moved up three hours due to impending inclement weather, the Belfield-South Heart Post 144 Knights were outscored by 16 runs over 11 1/2 innings of baseball on Friday, June 22.

Garrison's Clay Bendickson takes a cut against Belfield-South Heart on Friday, June 22, from John J. Steiner American Legion Ballpark. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)
Garrison's Clay Bendickson takes a cut against Belfield-South Heart on Friday, June 22, from John J. Steiner American Legion Ballpark. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)

BELFIELD - In a pair of contests that were moved up three hours due to impending inclement weather, the Belfield-South Heart Post 144 Knights were outscored by 16 runs over 11 1/2 innings of baseball on Friday, June 22.

However, the margins of defeat do not fully encapsulate how competitive the two games were.

In what started as a pitching duel, Garrison pulled away with eight runs in the top of seventh en route to a 12-6 Game 1 victory. Game 2 featured a brief Knights lead, but the Titans put up big numbers in the third and fourth, capturing a 19-9 victory in five innings from the John J. Steiner American Legion Ballpark.

"I'm happy with the way we played. We played well," Post 144 head coach Kurt Silbernagel said. "All it takes is that one inning or those couple of plays where things start to snowball. After an error or miscommunication or a kid running to the wrong base, once that happens sometimes things snowball. ... We got to make the simple plays and we did for the most part, but all it takes is that one bad play to make things fall apart. It's a good learning game for us."

Belfield-South Heart's Shay Olson and Garrison's Jaaron Kamp each traded zeros on the mound during the first couple of frames of the opener, but in differing fashions. Kamp was overpowering and dominant from the outset, striking out five of the first eight batters he faced. Olson, on the other hand, pitched out of jams as the Titans stranded runners in scoring position.

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After Dawson Wimer reached on a error, Olson nearly escaped the third unscathed, but Gage Gehring's sharp ground ball toward second base took a funny bounce over the glove of Knights infielder Preston Walker, allowing Wimer to score the game's first run from third.

Tallying another run on a Gehring RBI single two innings later, Olson was knocked out in the fifth. The Titans added two more runs in top of the sixth while Kamp remained in control on the hill.

Belfield-South Heart loaded the bases with only one out in the bottom of the sixth, but Kamp struck out Tanner Jarrett and Tyler Kastrow to end the threat. He finished his outing with 16 strikeouts and no walks while allowing just four hits. Positioned at short during Game 2, he was 7-for-9 at the plate with four doubles, four RBIs and five runs scored across both game

"He's been stellar all year," Titans head coach Luke Gehring said. "I think the other day, he had 14 strikeouts against a pretty good Hazen team, so we knew he'd come out today and pound the strike zone."

Garrison poured in eight runs in the top of the seventh, but the Knights responded with six in the bottom of the frame, giving their offense a jolt heading into the back end of the doubleheader.

In a five-run frame highlighted by a two-run double by Cauy Shypkoski and an RBI single from Anton Krebs, Post 144 took a 5-2 advantage in the top of the second. They maintained the lead during the next half-inning thanks to a couple of defensive from Jarrett, who was playing at third. Throwing Nashton Wimer out by a step on a stop from the hot corner to start the frame, Jarrett made a diving stop to his left, gathered himself and fired across the diamond to nail Dawson Wimer for the inning's final out. On his way back to the dugout, teammates applauded Jarrett with cheers of "Manny Machado," third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles.

"Each time a right-handed bat came up, I knew they were going to pull it right toward me. They hit a couple down the line and I had to hustle after it," Jarrett said. "I had that one dive where at first I didn't think I had it, but then I looked back [shortstop Ian Sibernagel] and he was like 'you have the ball.' So I chucked it to first.

"It makes you laugh with a big ol' smile on your face when your teammates all are happy about a play. When you get high-fives, it's just a good feeling that you get."

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Post 144's lead and smiles were short-lived as Garrison sent 15 batters to the plate in the third and 10 in the fourth, plating 17 runs. The Knights committed three errors and allowed 12 hits in that span.

Nashton Wimer was 3-for-3 with a double, five RBIs and two runs scored during the two-inning onslaught.

"I told the kids in the huddle that ultimately we are out there to have fun," Kurt Silbernagel said. "We are improving every day and getting more confident every day. Don't get caught up worrying about wins and losses, just enjoy the fact that you get to play baseball all summer."

Garrison Titans 12, Belfield-South Heart Knights 6

GT 001 012 8 - 12 14 3

BSHK 000 000 6 - 6 12 5

GT: Jaaron Kamp (6), Gage Gehring (1) and Naston Wimer. BSHK: Shay Olson (4.2), Tarence Dillinger (1.1), Xander Krump (1) and Tyler White.

W-Kamp. L-Olson. HR-None.

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Highlights: Kamp: 4-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 16 K; Wimer 3-4, 2B, 3 R, BB; Collin O'Grady 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R. BSHK: Cauy Shypkoski 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R; Anton Krebs 2-3, RBI; Tanner Jarrett 2-3, R.

Garrison Titans 19, Belfield-South Heart Knights 9 (F/5)

BSHK 060 03 - 9 13 4

GT 20(10) 7x - 19 15 1

BSHK: Tanner Obrigewitch (2), Preston Walter (1), Jarrett and White. GT: Dawson Wimer (1.2) and N. Wimer (3.1).

W-N. Wimer. L-Walter. HR-None.

Highlights: BSHK: Silbernagel 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R; Jarrett 3-4, RBI, R; Krebs 2-3, 2B, RBI, HBP. GT: N. Wimer 3-4, 2B, 5 RBI, 2 R, Kamp 3-4, 2 2B, 3 R; Clay Bendickson 3-4, 3 RBI, 2 R.

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