Post 25 off to another good start
Carrington Post 25 American Legion baseball coach Tim Ranum knows his team can pitch and play defense. The biggest question for Ranum is can Post 25 score enough runs to win postseason baseball games.
"When it all comes together we'll pitch well and field well," Ranum said. "Offensively is our biggest flaw."
The streaky offense can be traced back to last summer, according to Ranum, after Post 25's three-straight Class B state title streak was snapped. Carrington High School baseball also had times this spring where the bats struggled.
"I thought last year we had long stretches with bad offense and that was too much to overcome," Ranum said. "Baseball is really about being consistent.
"We just need to make sure we are getting on-base as often as we should and pitch. If we do that we are in good shape.
But with the way Post 25 (7-2) is pitching this summer, the offense won't need to be clicking in every game. Over the last four contests, Carrington has only allowed one run to cross home plate in 28 innings.
The pitching staff is just like this spring when the Cardinals made it to the semifinals of the Class B high school state baseball tournament before losing 9-2 to eventual state champion Park River-Fordville-Lankin.
"Top three is Jayden Shipman, Kyle Leapaldt and Lucas Geiszler," Ranum said. "We have a few other guys to fill innings and throw strikes."
With not having a full team to start, Post 25 dropped its first two games of the year to Hillsboro by scores of 9-0 and 8-5. Since then, Carrington has been on a seven-game winning streak. Tuesday's doubleheader results weren't available at time of press.
"It's probably getting guys back and pitching really well," Ranum said, about rebounding after losing the first two games. "We played two games last weekend (June 23) where we allowed one run. We play defense well and make plays that teams wouldn't normally make."
Overall, 12 players from the high school team is playing legion baseball this summer. Also joining the team is Zach Johnson (Carrington), Colton Buskness (Carrington), Gunner Buskness (Medina) and Cody Homes (Pingree).
Post 25 will travel to South Dakota this weekend for a six-team baseball tournament, which will give Carrington a look at a tournament format. Post 25 will also come to the Phil Brown Invite July 6-8 at Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown.
"It's kind of organized where there's two North Dakota, two Minnesota and South Dakota teams," Ranum said. "I expect three really good games and we want to see what the kids can do in a tournament format."
For the overall season, Ranum wants his Carrington team to be in Langdon for the Class B state tournament, Aug. 1-5, to compete for its fourth state title in five years.
"We want to be in the Class B legion baseball tournament at the end of the road," Ranum said.
Post 25's results (prior to Tuesday's game)
June 7: Hillsboro 9, Carrington 0; Hillsboro 8, Carrington 5.
June 14: Carrington 10, Hope 2; Carrington 15, Hope 1.
June 15: Carrington 12, New Rockford 4; Carrington 13, New Rockford 12.
June 20: Carrington 6, Gardner 0; Carrington 8, Gardner 0.
June 23: Carrington 3, Hatton 0; Carrington 3, Kidder County 1.