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Jimmies kick off season

University of Jamestown coach Tom Hager got his first look at Tanner Dahl on Friday in what was opening day.

Dahl, a West Fargo native who transferred from North Dakota State and is expected to help anchor the Jimmie pitching staff, went six innings and gave up four runs, walking just one and striking out four in a 4-1 loss to sixth-ranked York College in Edmond, Okla.

The Jimmies also fell 7-2 to MidAmerican Nazarene, as Darren Iseri took the loss, going five innings.

“Both of our starting pitchers gave us a chance to win and that’s all you can ask for,” coach Tom Hager said. “We just couldn’t get enough going offensively.”

York took the lead with three runs in the fourth inning and saw its pitching staff hold the Jimmies to five hits. Against Nazarene, the Jimmies had just three hits.

“We played two quality teams, and it looked like those were games 1-2 for Jamestown vs. 10 for York and MidAmerican,” Hager said. “When you play quality teams, little things make a difference.”

The Jimmies did have an offensive bright spot against Nazarene, as Mitch Stevens belted a homer.

“He got a hold of one and it was a no-doubter,” Hager said. “Mitch is somebody that we think can be a difference-maker in our lineup.”

Nazarene scored three runs in the second and one in the third to take a 4-0 lead before the Jimmies struck for a run in each of the fifth and sixth innings, though they allowed three in the sixth.

Jamestown plays York again at 10 this morning, followed by Nazarene at 12:30 p.m.

York (Neb.) 4, Jamestown 1

York  000 301 0 — 4 11 0

Jamestown  000 100 0 — 1 5 2

Conyers, Lindsley (7) and Bottini. Tanner Dahl, J.T. Zigray (7) and Marcus Blackmon.

W—Conyers. L—Dahl (0-1). Save—Lindsley.

Highlights: J, Dahl 6 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 11 H, walk, 4 Ks.

MidAmerican Nazarene (Kan.) 7, Jamestown 2

Jamestown  000 110 0 — 2 3 1

Nazarene  031 003 x — 7 11 4

Darren Iseri, Brandon Ethier (6), Gaige Dunn (6) and Nathan Christiuk. Trent Hedlund and Colin Starr. W—Hedlund (2-1). L—Iseri (0-1).

HR—J, Mitch Stevens.

Highlights: J, Mitch Stevens 1-3, RBI, run. Rudy Strnad 1-3, Nolan Skowronek 1-2.

Sun sportswriter Chris   Aarhus can be reached at  (701) 952-8462(701) 952-8462 or

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Chris Aarhus
Aarhus has been a sportswriter for the Jamestown Sun since May of 2012. Prior to that, he was the sports editor at the Minot Daily News and The Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D. He also worked as a sports writer at The Dickinson Press. He was honored as North Dakota's Sportswriter of the Year for 2014.
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