Century sweeps Jays in opener
The third varsity season of Blue Jay softball got underway at Bismarck Century on Thursday evening.
“All and all for our first two games, the effort was there,” JHS coach Mike Soulis said. “The attitude was there and the players were mentally making corrections, and hopefully they continue doing that going into (today’s) games against Fargo South.”
Jamestown’s Alicia Beckman and Marisa Drenth each went 1-for-1 at the plate to account for the Blue Jays’ two hits in the first game of the doubleheader. They also both walked and each stole a base.
Century junior pitcher Cassidy Miller was solid in the circle, notching 12 strikeouts through six innings.
Scoreless in the bottom of the third, Century’s Morgan Menge launched a three-run homer to left to put the Pats on the board. Century’s Jordan Picard tacked on a fourth run with an RBI single and the home team held on from there, scoring one in each the fourth and the fifth, before ending the game with a four-run bottom of the sixth.
The Blue Jays’ Kadie Anderson took the loss on the mound, but she threw 17 first-pitch strikes and notched four K’s of her own.
“Kadie threw strikes well enough for us to compete and gave us a chance,” Soulis said. “It was just first-game mistakes that we were making. We’re not going to make excuses, but being outside playing for the first time those were mistakes that are very correctible.
“The kids are upbeat knowing that.”
Jamestown’s defense also showed signs of promise. The team committed just one error over the two games.
“We had some very nice plays defensively,” Soulis said. “We had a few chances to put a run on the board, but the nice thing was defensively we got out of some innings with some nice plays.”
The second game started rough for the Jays, as the Patriots opened it with six runs in the bottom of the first. Picard walked with the bases loaded to bring in the first run.
The Blue Jays’ Paige Christ went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored. Beckman drove in Christ with an RBI single in the fourth, as she went 1-for-1. Drenth also collected a hit for the Jays.
“We struggled with throwing strikes, and with that came some walks and some hits when (Jamestown starter Jadee Lange) had to put them right down the plate,” Soulis said. “Against good teams you can’t do that, and they made us pay for it.
“We lost our focus a little bit, but we talked with the girls and they were able to regroup in the last two innings.”
Jamestown (0-2) travels to face Fargo South today, and will open at home on Tuesday against Minot Ryan.
Bismarck Century 10, Jamestown 0
Jamestown 000 000 — 0 2 1
Century 004 114 — 10 14 0
W—Cassidy Miller. L—Kadie Anderson.
Bismarck Century 14, Jamestown 1
Jamestown 000 10 — 1 3 0
Century 653 0x — 14 15 1
W—Hannah Holtz. L—Jadee Lange.
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