Jays get one at WF
Kaitlin Mullowney was the lone winner for Jamestown in an 8-1 loss at West Fargo on Saturday.
“I thought she played an outstanding match,” Jamestown coach Pat Mullowney said. “She was behind in both sets and she fought back.”
West Fargo’s lineup, with its top five players being seniors, was impressive, losing just three games in the top two matches.
Jamestown senior Maria LeFevre battled Jamie Freden at No. 4 singles, losing 7-6 (7-3) in the opening set and 6-4 in the second.
“Maria definitely had an opportunity to win that first set and even the second,” Pat Mullowney said. “She’s gonna have to keep battling to find that edge, and I think she will as the season progresses.”
Mullowney also noted the play of Bailee Graves at No. 3 singles. She fell 6-3 and 7-5.
“She was up 3-0 in that second set and ended up dropping it 7-5,” Mullowney said. “She showed some positives in that match to get here there.”
Overall, Mullowney said he was relatively pleased, considering the opponent and that it was the first match of the year.
“It was definitely a test for our first match,” he said. “We played better in singles as the matches went on. It was cleary our first matches of the year. ... I thought we gained confidence from the match overall.”
The Blue Jays were scheduled to go to Bismarck for a tournament today, but that has been postponed because of cold weather. Their next action is Thursday at Bismarck Century.
West Fargo 8, Jamestown 1
1, Samantha Smith, WF, def. Erin Mullowney, 6-0, 6-0. 2, Kaylee Stock, WF, def. Jenna Reed, 6-1, 6-2. 3, Katie Baasch, WF, def. Bailee Graves, 6-3, 7-5. 4, Jamie Freden, WF, def. Maria LeFevre, 7-6 (4), 6-4. 5, Kaitlin Mullowney, J, def. Amber Wolff, 7-5, 6-4. 6, Jenaya Wentz, WF, def. Taylor Webber, 6-0, 6-0.
1, Stock-Baasch def. Reed-Graves, 6-0, 6-3. 2, Smith-Pooja Chemiti def. Mullowney-Mullowney, 6-1, 6-0. 3, Freden-Wolff def. LeFevre-Webber, 6-3, 6-0.
Minot starter Grant Larson held Jamestown to three hits in an 11-1 five-inning, West Region victory in Minot.
The Magicians struck for three runs in the second and fourth in the third, ending the game with four runs in the bottom of the fifth to win the by the 10-run rule.
Joey Gebhardt got the start and was relieved by Landon Weiser. Minot pounded out eight hits in the win.
Jamestown committed three errors in the conference loss. It scored its lone run in the fourth inning.
The Blue Jays fell behind 4-0 after one inning in the nonconference second game, eventually falling 8-5.
Jamestown scored three runs in the third and two in the fifth. Jesse Saxberg suffered the loss on the hill for the Blue Jays, who fell to 1-1 in the West Region and 2-2 overall.
Jamestown visits Bismarck Century on Tuesday.
Minot 11, Jamestown 1 (5 innings)
JHS 000 10 — 1 3 3
MHS 034 04 — 11 8 1
Grant Larson, Shawn Danielson and Kolton Larson; Joey Gebhardt, Landon Weiser and Shaun Hogan.
W—Larson; L—Gebhardt (0-1).
Minot 8, Jamestown 5
JHS 003 02 — 5 9 2
MHS 401 3x — 8 10 1
Jacob Holmen and Braden Lach; Jesse Saxberg and Joey Gebhardt.
W—Holmen; L—Saxberg (0-1)
Record: Jamestown 1-1 West Region, 2-2 overall.
Jamestown fell twice despite a valiant effort on Saturday at the East-West Crossover in Grand Forks.
Grand Forks Red River edged the Blue Jays 2-0 thanks to a pair of goals from Jessica Dallman.
The Jays then played Minot, losing the nonconference matchup 5-0.
Goalkeeper saves were not available.
The Jays host Mandan on Tuesday night.
The meet originally scheduled today for Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson has been postponed due to cold weather.
Jamestown’s season-opening action will be Monday at Souris Valley Golf Course in Minot, unless a makeup date is found before then.
Sun sportswriter Chris Aarhus can be reached at (701) 952-8462 or firstname.lastname@example.org