On Monday, July 8, the Williston Keybirds returned to their home field for a doubleheader against the Mandan Chiefs. In the first game of the day, Williston starting pitcher treated the home fans to a dazzling display on the mound, beating Mandan 5-0 and recording a no-hitter in the process.
The Keybirds offense got all five of their runs in the fourth inning. Garret Hill got the rally started with a leadoff triple to center field. On the next at-bat, Chance Johnson stepped to the dish and drove in Hill with an RBI single to center. After a walk issued to Jaxson Meyer and a bunt single by Camdin Miller, the Keybirds had the managed to load the bases with nobody out.
Jake Engen kept the rally going with a two-run double to center, making the score 3-0 in favor of Williston. After that, Reed Hanson knocked in another run on an RBI groundout, and Jack Heen’s RBI double later in the frame allowed the Keybirds to take a 5-0 advantage.
Meanwhile, Zach Carson’s only pressure packed inning came in the third as he issued three walks in the frame to load the bases with two men down. Carson eventually wiggled out of trouble and prevented Mandan from getting on the scoreboard as left fielder Chris Sathe made the final putout of the inning, ending the Mandan threat. For the game, Carson struck out five batters in seven full innings of work.
In the second matchup of the evening, the Keybirds trailed Mandan 5-2 after five and a half innings. In the bottom of the sixth, Williston rallied for four big runs to take a 6-5 lead into the seventh. However, the Keybirds could not maintain their one-run lead as things unraveled in the final inning. Mandan posted three runs in the seventh, and took an 8-6 lead. In the bottom half of the frame, Williston's batters were retired in order, eventually falling to the Chiefs.
Now 14-15-1 on the year, Williston is scheduled to meet the Minot Vistas on the road in a doubleheader showdown on Wednesday, July 10.
for Mandan tied up the ballgame at 6-6. Due to the game’s late finish, final results can be found by logging onto willistonherald.com.