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Fast start keys sweep for Majettes

Jamestown’s Kadie Anderson pitches against Minot during a West Region game Tuesday at McElroy Park. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Big innings stung the Jamestown softball team at McElroy Park on Tuesday.

Facing the Minot Majettes for the second time in 11 days, a 10-run inning by the visitors sank the Blue Jays in the opening game of the West Region doubleheader 13-10. Jamestown went on to spot the Majettes five runs in the opening frame of game two, and Minot pulled off the road sweep by a final of 11-2.

Jamestown split with the Majettes in Minot on May 2, picking up its first win over Minot in program history by banging out 11 runs on 11 hits. On Tuesday, it was Minot’s turn.

The Majettes posted 39 hits on the day — 20 in the first game, and 19 more in the second — en route to six total doubles and a pair of triples.

“We have stretches where we hit the ball really well, and up in Minot when we split they hit the ball really well and kept going,” Minot coach Gerard Cederstrom said. “(Jamestown is) a very good team. They’re capable of putting runs up too. We just happened to get them in bunches.”

Jamestown pulled out to a 4-2 lead in the opener, before Minot broke things open with a 10-spot in the top of the fourth. The Majettes posted 11 of their 20 hits in the inning, with Sam Schiele knocking in two with a double and Jaycie Rostad posting an RBI double

“I thought we just lost focus a little bit in that one inning in the first game, which was obviously the killer,” Jamestown coach Mike Soulis said. “You take that away and it’s conceivably a win for us. We got rid of giving a lot of outs away, and now we’ve just got to get rid of the big innings.”

Trailing 13-5 after six innings, Jamestown rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh with the aid of a 2-RBI triple by Paige Peterson. Peterson was one of five Blue Jays with a multi-hit performance, batting 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs and a pair of walks.

Jamestown’s Kadie Anderson went 3-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and three runs scored, while Alicia Beckman went 3-for-5 and Mariah Wick and Torri Kamlitz each ended 2-for-4.

Hannah Schiele (3-for-3), Emily Zaderaka (3-for-4) and Ashley Gathman (3-for-5) led the visitors at the plate.

“(Minot) hit everything. The nail-on-the-head-type cliché,” Mike Soulis said. “How we played, we had chances to win we just have to clean up some of the mental and physical errors.

“And, we can’t just keep on saying it week after week. We’ve got a week and a half left and we have to find a way to step up the intensity a little bit, because there’s not much more time left to play.”

Jamestown was unable to carry its late-game momentum offensively into the nightcap. Minot’s five-run first inning was highlighted by an RBI-triple by Ashley Gathman

Jamestown scored one in the second and one in the fourth but was only able to muster five total hits against Minot pitcher Cassie Askvig. Minot improved to 12-11 overall with the pair of victories.

“We’re just trying to go day-by-day, and trying to get better,” Cederstrom said, “and we have some places where we can get better.”

Ashlie Meier, Anderson, Jadee Lange, Beckman and Marissa Drenth accounted for Jamestown’s five hits. Drenth and Beckman doubled.

Jamestown fell to 5-17 overall, and it’ll host Bismarck at McElroy Park on Friday. A sixth win by the Blue Jays this season would be a program-best.

“Weather permitting, we should be out here for two good days of practice, so we’re going to get back it,” Soulis said. “We’re confident. We know we can play with the Bismarcks and the Minots, we’ve just got to put it together.”

Minot 13, Jamestown 10

Minot  100 (10)10 0 — 13 20 0

Jamestown  220 100 5 — 10 15 0

W—Lexi Benno (7 IP, 15 H, 10 ER, 5 BB, 5 K). L—Kadie Anderson (7 IP, 20 H, 13 R, 12 ER, 4 BB, 6 K). 2B—M, Sam Schiele, Emily Zaderaka 2, Jaycie Rostad; J, Paige Christ, Alicia Beckman, Torri Kamlitz, Kadie Anderson. 3B—J, Paige Peterson. RBI—M, Hannah Schiele, S. Schiele 2, Benno 2, Ashley Gathman, Cassie Askvig 2, Halie Rostad, Zaderaka, J. Rostad; J, Christ, Jadee Lange, Beckman, Kamlitz, Anderson, Peterson 3, Ashlie Meier. SB—M, H. Schiele, Gathman, Askvig, Kayla Budeau, H. Rostad, McKaya Johnson; J, Christ 2, Beckman, Anderson 3, Peterson, Meier, Mariah Wick 3.

Minot 11, Jamestown 2

Minot  510 500 0 — 11 19 0

Jamestown  010 100 0 — 2 5 1

W—Cassie Askvig (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 6 K). L—Jadee Lange (7 IP, 19 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). 2B—M, Sam Schiele, Lexi Benno; J, Marissa Drenth, Alicia Beckman. 3B—M, Ashley Gathman, Avery Maragos. RBI—M, Gathman 2, Cassie Askvig 3, Kayla Budeau, Halie Rostad 2, Avery Maragos 2; J, Drenth. SB—M, Schiele 4, Benno 2, Gathman, Budeau, Emily Melom, Maragos; J, Beckman, Wick.

Records: Minot 12-11; Jamestown 5-17.

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