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Blue Jays go the distance with Dickinson in nightcap, lose 3-2 as Midgets sweep

Jamestown’s Marissa Drenth (standing left) and Olivia Nihill (right) converge on second base as Dickinson’s Emilie Sickler slides in during a West Region game Tuesday at McElroy Park. (John M. Steiner / The Sun)1 / 2
Jamestown’s Alicia Beckman makes contact Tuesday at McElroy Park. (John M. Steiner / The Sun)2 / 2

Jamestown was right in the mix.

The Dickinson softball team left the Buffalo City with a sweep Tuesday night, but it didn’t come easy.

The Midgets’ offense came up big late in the opener, winning 19-3 in six innings. However, the nightcap saw Jamestown take Dickinson to the wire, where the latter pulled a 3-2 win in West Region play at McElroy Park.

“We played really well in the second game — the girls are gaining more confidence,” Jamestown coach Mike Soulis said. “The longer we stay (in the game), the more they believe.”

Jadee Lange went the distance, allowing three runs — two earned — on eight hits, while walking three and striking out two in the loss. She did her best at the plate to help her cause, going 2-for-2 at the plate including a triple.

“Two weeks ago, something just clicked,” Soulis said of Lange. “She’s kind of helping us out on both sides. She’s a spark right now, but she’s also just one of many who have contributed.”

The Blue Jays struck first, scoring both of their runs in the second inning. Paige Peterson walked after an Alicia Beckman double, and Lange loaded the bases on a single to center field. Mariah Wick drew a bases-loaded walk to score Beckman, while Paige Christ plated Peterson on an infield single.

It stayed that way until the fourth inning, when Madi Jahner’s double scored Avery Privatsky to cut the deficit to one.

Then in the sixth, Riana Cooper hit a run-scoring single to left field to tie the game, and Jahner scored the eventual game-winning run on a Blue Jay error.

Jamestown had the top of the lineup coming up in the bottom of the seventh, but Jahner coerced a fly out and two ground outs to end the game. She went all seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits, walking four and striking out eight. She also had three hits including two doubles.

“Dickinson’s always one of the top two teams in the West, so we’re proud of (our girls),” Soulis said. “The girls just believed.”

Jamestown also saw success early in the opener, taking a 3-2 lead into the top of the fourth inning. However, Dickinson’s bats came alive to the tune of six runs, and the Midgets were off and running. Haley Butterfield got the win.

Anderson, who suffered the loss in the circle, finished 3-for-3 for the Blue Jays, who visit Turtle Mountain on Friday before traveling to powerhouse Minot Bishop Ryan on Saturday.

“Our effort and determination were second to none,” Soulis said. “It was a good team we played against.”

Dickinson 19, Jamestown 3 (6 innings)

Dickinson 200 638 — 19 21 1

Jamestown 030 000 — 3 7 2

Haley Butterfield and Lexi Yates. Jadee Lange, Kadie Anderson (3) and Ashlie Meier. W—Butterfield. L—Anderson.

Highlights: D, Mackee Hoffmann 5-6, 6 RBIs, 2 runs, triple, Butterfield 6 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 7 H, 5 walks, 3 Ks, 2-4, run, Madi Jahner 3-5, 3 RBIs, double, Riana Cooper 2-4, run, 3 RBIs, Avery Privatsky 2-3, RBI, 4 runs, 3 walks. J, Kadie Anderson 3-3, RBI, Meier 2-4, 2 RBIs.

Dickinson 3, Jamestown 2

Dickinson 000 102 0 — 3 8 0

Jamestown 020 000 0 — 2 6 1

Jadee Lange and Ashlie Meier. Madi Jahner and Lexi Yates. W—Jahner. L—Lange.

Highlights: D, Jahner 3-3, RBI, 2 doubles, 7 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 4 walks, 8 Ks, Yates 1-2, double, walk. J, Lange 7 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 3 walks, 2 K, 2-2, triple, walk, Alicia Beckman 1-3, run, double.

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