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Jimmies edged by Reinhardt at nationals

Linda Ontiveros of the Jimmies hits an RBI single in the fourth inning against Reinhardt (Ga.) in Sioux City, Iowa on Monday. Ryan Mikkelson / For The Sun

The Jimmies couldn't catch a break on Monday in Sioux City, Iowa.

Playing in the NAIA national tournament for the first time since 1992, the University of Jamestown softball team fell to Reinhardt College (Ga.) 2-1 in eight innings.

Reinhardt got the game-winning run without a hit. The Eagles drew threw walks and another batter was hit by a pitch to end it.

"I felt like we had momentum most of the game, but we didn't take advantage of a few good scoring chances and then all of the sudden it's the eighth inning and we've lost," UJ coach Kevin Gall said. "We just weren't lucky. If we keep swinging the bats like we did today, we'll have a chance to win games ... if we want to stick around, we have to win now."

The Jimmies, seeded third, face top-seeded Morningside today at 1:30 p.m. after the Mustangs were blanked by fourth-seeded Ottawa (Kan.) 1-0 on Monday. Jamestown defeated Morningside 4-0 early in the season.

"I don't think the girls will panic. I told them afterwards if we keep hitting the ball hard and keep playing the way we did, we got a chance," Gall said. "It's four-team double elim, so we'll take it inning by inning and hope for the best."

The Jimmies (41-20) led 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to Linda Ontiveros singling home Kelly Halverson in the top of the fourth. Both teams had five hits in the game. There were also 10 walks with the Jimmies drawing four.

Reinhardt used four singles, two of the infield variety, to tie it in the sixth at 1-1. The winning rally came two innings later without any knocks, leading to a death-by-a-1,000-cuts feeling for the Jimmies.

"We just have to regroup and hopefully put ourselves in position to win (today) and maybe we'll get a few of those hard-hit balls to find holes," Gall said. "It's all hands on deck. We'll be excited to get back at it and try again."

Reinhardt 2, Jamestown 1, 8 innings

UJ 000 100 00 -- 1 5 0

RC 000 001 01 -- 2 5 1

Hanna Dunnigan, Brittany Rheault (6) and Tifani Schorzman. Madison Luck, Maci Mills (5) and Cassidy Howren. W--Mills. L--Rheault.

Highlights: UJ, Emma Keller 1-3; Kelly Halverson 1-4 R; Schorzman 1-3; Dunnigan 1-2, 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 SO; Linda Ontiveros 1-2 RBI; Rheault 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. RC, Sarah Jenkins 1-2 RBI.

Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
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