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Midgets cruise past JHS

Thursday’s outcome against the Midgets in Dickinson was off-par for the Jamestown softball team, and coach Mike Soulis knows it.

The Jays dropped both games of a doubleheader to one of the West Region’s top teams by  identical scores of 10-0. Errors stung the Blue Jays in the opener, while the walks mounted in the second.

“We took a step back tonight. We’re not happy,” Soulis said. “It was one of those deals where as a coach you don’t have to say a whole lot to the girls. They understand.”

The first game ended in the fifth inning. Kadie Anderson took the circle for Jamestown, allowing just two earned runs as Blue Jay miscues helped push across Dickinson’s eight other runs.

Anderson allowed six hits and a walk, while striking out one.

Jamestown committed eight total errors in the game, three of which came in the first inning to help Dickinson take command 6-0 to start the second.

The Blue Jays put together five hits at the plate, with a Jadee Lange double accounting for the team’s lone extra-base hit. Marissa Drenth paced the Blue Jay offense, going 2-for-3 at the dish.

Anderson and Paige Peterson both singled for the Blue Jays. Sierra Rohr went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs for the Midgets.

Dickinson’s Haley Butterfield was strong in the circle. She held the Jays off the scoreboard after allowing just one walk and striking out five.

“As hard as it is you just have to get this one out of your mind,” Soulis said. “What we showed today wasn’t what we showed our last two outings.”

Jamestown pitcher Jadee Lange struggled a bit with her command in the nightcap, allowing just four hits but walking 13 batters. Out of Dickinson’s 10 runs, just six were earned.

On the other side, Dickinson’s Madison Jahner was rolling as she one-hit the Jays, giving up just one walk while striking out 11.

Another six-run inning by the Midgets put the Jays behind the 8-ball. This time Dickinson did the damage in inning No. 2, as the Midgets drew five walks in the frame.

Riana Cooper went 2-for-2 with 2 runs scored for the Midgets. Dickinson also received a 1-for-1 performance with three walks, four stolen bases, two runs and an RBI from leadoff hitter Rachel Jahner. MacKenzie Hoffmann went 0-for-2 for the Midgets, but picked up two RBIs.

The Blue Jays’ hit was a single by Mariah Wick in the top of the third.

The Blue Jays (2-8) are back at it today at McElroy Park hosting another West Region power in Minot Bishop Ryan, starting at 4:30 p.m. The Lions have finished second at the state Class A softball tournament the past two years.

“That was probably our worst performance of the year, but we don’t have a whole lot of time to think about it,” Soulis said. “What happened today, obviously you have to learn from it. We’ve just got to try to stay positive and focus on tomorrow, and hopefully it’s a better outcome.”

Dickinson 10, Jamestown 0 (5 innings)

Jamestown  000 00 — 0 5 8

Dickinson  613 0x — 10 6 1

W—Haley Butterfield. L—Kadie Anderson. 2B—J, Jadee Lange; D, Avery Privatsky 2. 3B—D, Rachel Jahner. RBI—D, Rachel Jahner, Privatsky, Alexius Yates, Sierra Rohr 2. SB—D, Madison Jahner, Riley Cooper.

Dickinson 10, Jamestown 0 (5 innings)

Jamestown  000 00 — 0 1 2

Dickinson  060 13 — 10 4 0

W—Madison Jahner. L—Jadee Lange. 2B—D, Riana Cooper; RBI—D, Rachel Jahner, Avery Privatsky, MacKenzie Hoffmann 2, Riley Copper 2. SB—D, Rachel Jahner 4, Sierra Rohr 2.

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