Jays notch first 2 winsIt didn’t take long for the Jamestown High School fastpitch softball team to score its first victory, or second, for that matter. The Blue Jays scored 40 runs in a sweep of Turtle Mountain on Tuesday at McElroy Park, taking the opener 24-16 and the nightcap 16-9.
It didn’t take long for the Jamestown High School fastpitch softball team to score its first victory, or second, for that matter.
The Blue Jays scored 40 runs in a sweep of Turtle Mountain on Tuesday at McElroy Park, taking the opener 24-16 and the nightcap 16-9.
“It’s nice to get those first two wins. The girls are working hard. Their spirit and drive to improve continues to be very good, so it was nice to have some success and hopefully we can build on it,” coach Mike Soulis said. The Blue Jays had 13 hits in the opener, highlighted by Ashlie Meier’s first-inning inside-the-park home run as part of a 6-run frame.
Meier had another 2-hit performance in the win as did Kadie Anderson, Kayla Thoele, Kyra Dewald and Stacey Fritz, who had a triple in the victory.
“We were aggressive with the bat, put the ball in play and had some nice line-drive hits,” Soulis said.
Anderson, just a freshman, also notched the win in the circle going all five for the victory.
The Blue Jays (2-2) scored in all five of their at bats, including an 8-run fourth.
The Braves jumped out to a 4-0 lead in Game 2, but a 9-run bottom of the second but the Jays back in front.
Thoele held the Braves in check with two scoreless innings after their 4-run first as JHS built a 13-4 edge.
They had eight hits and took advantage of some Turtle Mountain miscues.
“We did what we needed to do to score some runs,” Soulis said. “We probably made more mistakes in that game than we had in our other games, but they’re all correctable things we can work on and get better at.”
Anderson and Fritz each had 2-hit games to give both 4 hits in the doubleheader as they scored at least one run in four of their six at bats on the cool, crisp day.
“It wasn’t too bad early, but it got cold towards the end and that’s where we have to stay mentally in it even when the weather might be kind of tough,” Soulis said. “It’s all a learning process, but we’re making pretty good progress.”
The Blue Jays continue their busy week Thursday when they host Minot Ryan. Friday and Saturday brings a tournament in West Fargo.
Jamestown 24, Turtle Mountain 15, 5 Innings
Turtle Mountain 155 03 — 15
Jamestown 615 82 — 24
Kadie Anderson and Ashlie Meier. W—Anderson.
Jamestown 16, Turtle Mountain 9
Turtle Mountain 400 212 1 — 9
Jamestown 094 201 x — 16
Kayla Thoele and Meier. W—Thoele.
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