Blue Jays drop a pairThe end result remained the same, but the Blue Jay softball team was able to close the gap a bit against the Minot Majettes at McElroy Park on Thursday.
By: Michael Savaloja, The Jamestown Sun
The end result remained the same, but the Blue Jay softball team was able to close the gap a bit against the Minot Majettes at McElroy Park on Thursday.
Jamestown just came off a doubleheader vs. the Majettes in Minot on Tuesday, where Minot rolled 22-3 and 23-1. The Jays, however, cut back on a few errors and tallied 14 hits and 10 runs against the Majettes on Thursday, as Minot defeated the Jays 16-5 in both games.
“The end result is not what we want and something we’re not satisfied with, but from where we played this team two days ago we understand we can play with them,” JHS coach Mike Soulis said. “We have our chances to be very competitive.”
Jamestown started Game 1 well offensively, tacking three runs on the scoreboard to take an early 3-0 lead vs. Minot. But trailing 4-3 after three innings, Jamestown allowed four runs per inning to Minot over the final three frames.
“We jumped out to a 3-0 lead and then we kind of just let them get back into it inning by inning,” Soulis said. “The last three innings they were able to put some runs on the board where we just didn’t come out and get the outs.”
Sophomore Alicia Beckman went 1-for-2 with a triple, Kyra Dewald went 2-for-3, while Kadie Anderson, Ashlie Meier, Kari Overby and Stacy Fritz all tallied hits for the Blue Jays. Fritz’s hit was also a triple.
Beckman stayed hot at the plate in game No. 2, missing the cycle by a home run. Beckman went 3-for-3 with a single, double and her second triple of the night.
“She’s swinging a pretty hot bat right now,” Soulis said of Beckman.
Jamestown also got hits from Samantha Johnson, Savannah Windish, Dewald and Meier. The game was tied 1-1 until Minot opened things up with six runs in the third.
“Again, we were playing with them until that one inning where they scored six runs,” Soulis said. “We talked to the girls tonight after the game and said, ‘If we continue to keep giving teams that can hit the ball four or five outs an inning it’s tough to keep catching up.’”
Jamestown committed five errors in the second game. Minot went error-free during the doubleheader.
“We put the ball in play plenty of times and had opportunities,” Soulis said. “We are scoring runs, but we are obviously giving more up with the errors and mental mistakes we are making. We have to continue to eliminate those.”
Jamestown travels to Dickinson today for a doubleheader vs. the Midgets, before heading back to Dickinson for the West Region tourney starting next Thursday.
Minot 16, Jamestown 5
MHS 022 444 — 16 11 0
JHS 300 200 — 5 7 3
Kadie Anderson and Kyra Dewald. Madison Irmen and Katelyn Clark. W—Irmen. L—Anderson.
Minot 16, Jamestown 5
MHS 106 423 — 16 11 0
JHS 100 310 — 5 7 5
Sun sports writer Michael Savaloja can be reached at (701) 952-8461 or by email at email@example.com