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Morningside edges Jimmies in 12, go 2-1 in Iowa

Weathered-out Saturday, the Jimmies got three more innings in Sunday than originally scheduled.

But Morningside College scored in the bottom of the 12th inning to prevail 5-4 at Lewis & Clark Park in Sioux City, Iowa.

The Jimmies swept Briar Cliff, Iowa on Friday, but unseasonably cold weather Saturday in Nebraska wiped out a doubleheader against Midland University. Sunday’s game against Morningside was at the home ballpark of the independent minor league team — the Sioux City Explorers — and it was cold with temps in the mid-30s.

“It wasn’t ideal conditions to play ball in, but we did what we had to do and got to play in a minor league ballpark against a good team,” UJ head coach Tom Hager said. “We knew coming down here we were going to face good competition. Although we weren’t able to close the deal in the last game, winning two out of three against good teams, we’ll take that.

“What will be key is making the necessary improvements over the course of the week and continue to get better as a team.”

Sunday’s game went back and forth.

The Jimmies led 2-1 after 2 1/2 innings and then again 4-3 after scoring a single run in the top of the seventh, but they were held off the board over the final five frames.

“We didn’t do a whole lot offensively the last 3-4 innings and really that’s what cost us,” Hager said. “We’ve been pretty effective this season to continue to hit throughout the course of games, but we came up a little dry (today).”

The Jimmies were held to eight hits, but six Jamestown pitchers surrendered just nine hits.

Nick Smart logged three innings, including wiggling off the hook in the bottom of the 10th when Morningside loaded the bases with nobody out.

“Both teams approached the game as a staffer day, trying to get a lot of different guys work because we didn’t know when we’d play next,” Hager said. “I was really proud of our staff. We kept throwing guys out there and they all attacked the zone and gave us a chance to win.”

The winning run was unearned as the Mustangs loaded the bases in the bottom of the 12th inning and the clinching run crossed on an error.

“It was a really good college baseball game, we just came out on the short end,” Hager said.

Leadoff man Nolan Skowronek went 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Jimmies. He also walked. Erik Peterson was 1-for-4 with two RBI. Matt Achter was 1-for-1 with two walks and scored twice.

Nate Clark homered and doubled for the Mustangs.

The Jimmies (13-4) are scheduled to begin conference play next weekend with back-to-back doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday against Presentation College in Aberdeen.

Morningside College 5, University of Jamestown 4

Jamestown               002   010  100   000   — 4 8 3

Morningside             102   000 010   001   — 5 9 1

Kyle Shaikoski, Darren Iseri (3), Gaige Dunn (4), Christian Hackworth (5), Ben Mortenson (6), Brendan Ethier (7), Grant Mattes (8), Nick Smart (9), Ryan Sheeley (12) and Marcus Blackmon Jr., Nathan Christiuk (6). Derek Appley, Lance Spongberg (4), John Russell (6), Nick Weeter (8), Kenny Namanny (9), John Sorenson (10), Greg Scott (12) and David Badalucco. W—Scott. L—Sheeley (0-1). 2B—MC, Clark. HR—Clark (2). SB—UJ, Spencer Flaten. MC, Foley (4).

Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can    be reached at (701) 952-8460                           or by e-mail at           

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