Mixed results for Jimmies
The right arms of Tanner Dahl and Darren Iseri got the Jimmies off on the right foot in Arizona on Sunday.
With a busy week ahead, the two slick performances on the hill were big on Sunday.
“Anytime you’re on an 11-game road trip and you get complete games in the first two games, that’s certainly the right way to start the trip,” head coach Tom Hager said. “We played good defense today and we also made some adjustments at the plate in Game 2 and swung the bats.”
The Jimmies (3-2) played Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) on Tuesday night, but the games did not start before 7 p.m. local time. Results were not available at press time. The Jimmies (3-2) have a doubleheader against Dordt, Iowa, today.
Jamestown 4, Concordia 2
Dahl, a sophomore from West Fargo, fanned eight in going the route in the opener. He surrendered just five hits and was in command throughout.
“He threw the ball very well,” Hager said.
Nolan Skowronek had three of the Jimmies’ eight hits and he also scored three times. Spencer Flaten’s two-run single in the top of the fifth inning put Jamestown up 3-0.
Jamestown 11, Concordia 4
Iseri got 11 runs of support in the nightcap and worked his way through all seven on the mound.
He weaved around eight hits and registered five strikeouts.
His battery-mate, Nathan Christiuk, piled up three hits in four at bats and his bases-loaded double in the sixth inning broke the game open.
“This team is going to have to score runs in a lot of different ways and we definitely did that today,” Hager said.
Erik Peterson and Flaten added two hits apiece.
Also in Tucson, the Jimmie softball team lost its first two games — two on Sunday and two on Monday.
The Jimmies lost to Briar Cliff, Iowa, 5-3 on Monday and 10-7 to Concordia, Neb.
Coach Kevin Gall said his team is yet to get on track under the Arizona sunshine.
“We haven’t played as well as we’re capable of yet,” he said. “We’re not hitting the ball and against these kinds of teams you have to score runs because it’s tough to keep them down too much.”
The Jimmies have played No. 22 Park (Mo.) and the competition in general is pretty stiff.
“It’s not like it used to be when we’d come down here and go 9-1 or something like that,” he said. “Every team we play now is a good team. They have speed, power. … It’s challenging, but it’s fun. We just have to raise our level of play.”
The Jimmies have struggled offensively so far outside of Hanna Dunnigan.
“She’s the only girl I’ve kept in the lineup. She’s been good, getting a couple hits every game,” Gall said. “We still need some other girls to fill in around here and get going. We keep mixing it up to find something that will work hopefully.”
Now 1-6 overall, the Jimmies play Missouri Valley College and Minnesota Lutheran College today.
“They’re two more good teams,” Gall said. “We have to play better.”
At Tucson, Ariz.
University of Jamestown 4, Concordia, Neb. 2
Jamestown 100 021 0 — 4 8 1
Concordia 000 010 0 — 2 5 3
Tanner Dahl and Marcus Blackmon. Prater, Fothma (6), Benker (6) and McCartney. W—Dahl L—Prater.
Jamestown 11, Concordia 4
Concordia 110 001 1 — 4 8 1
Jamestown 200 450 x — 11 14 1
Stirtz, Rone (5), Izuenigawa (6), Benker (7) and Fesmeier. Darren Iseri and Nathan Christiuk. W—Iseri (1-1). L—Stirtz.
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