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Jimmies win 3 out of 4

Presentation College played above its record, but the Jimmies left Aberdeen with three wins in four games.

Entering the first weekend of North Star Athletic Association play, the Saints were just 4-22. But they earned a split Saturday and nearly another Sunday, but the University of Jamestown rallied late to win the fourth and final game and take the series 3-1.

“I have a lot of respect for Presentation College. They battled,” said Jimmie head coach Tom Hager. “Their coach is doing a great job with them.

“I was proud of how we were able to win Game 4. It was a big game and a good win.”

The Jimmies’ wins went 12-0, 9-4 and 8-7, The Saints won 1-0 in the nightcap Saturday despite 10 shutout innings from UJ starting pitcher Jason Shaw.

“It comes down to finding a way to win in pressure situations and we were able to do that (Sunday),” Hager said.

The Jimmies, now 16-5 overall and 3-1 in conference play, are scheduled to play at Dickinson State on Wednesday.

UJ 9-8, PC 8-7

Kyle McKay gave the Jimmies six good innings in the opener Sunday. It was the first outing in nearly two weeks, who had been battling an illness.

“He came back and gave us a quality outing,” Hager said.

Matt Achter went 2-for-3 out of the 8-hole for the Jimmies, including a home run. Nolan Skowronek (2-2, RBI, 2 SB) and Rudy Strnad (2-4, R, SB) added two hits apiece. Erik Peterson and Mitch Stevens each scored twice.

In the finale, the Jimmies trailed 7-6 after seven innings, but Landon Uetz tied the game with a 2-out RBI double to score Nathan Christiuk. Then in the ninth, the Jimmies manufactured the go-ahead run as Stevens brought in Skowronek with a sac-fly.

“We did a good job of getting them on, getting them over and getting them in … and that’s what we preach,” Hager said.

Nick Smart pitched a clean ninth for the save. Ryan Sheeley got the win with 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief with four strikeouts.

“(Ryan) hadn’t been extended that many innings all year, but he came through in a key spot for us and did a great job in relief,” Hager said.

Skowronek, Strnad, Stevens and Spencer Flaten each had two of the Jimmies’ 12 hits. They also stole four bases.

UJ 12-0, PC 0-1

An odd split on Saturday opened the four-game set between the teams.

Jimmie starting pitchers Tanner Dahl and Jason Shaw combined for 17 shutout innings, but the Jimmies only managed a split.

Dahl blanked the Saints on four hits in the opener as the Jimmie rolled 12-0 in seven innings. The sophomore from West Fargo walked three and struck out six in his second shutout of the season.

“He’s given us that type of effort pretty much every time out,” Hager said of Dahl. “He’s been really good for us.”

The Jimmies ended it early with a six-run top of the sixth inning.

Erik Peterson led the Jimmies’ 14-hit attack, going 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and two RBI. Nolan Skowronek was 2-for-5, scored twice and drove one in. Mitch Stevens (2-2, 2 R, RBI), Paul Sitkowski (2-4, R, RBI), Spencer Flaten (2-3, 2 RBI) and Matt Achter (2-4, 2 R, 2 SB) all did damage.

But, the well went dry in the second game.

The Jimmies outhit the Saints 7-4, but Presentation College scored an unearned run off reliever Nick Smart in the bottom of the 11th inning to earn just their fifth win in 28 games.

Shaw fired 10 scoreless innings, but got nothing to show for it.

“He gave us an outstanding effort. You can’t ask for any more out of your starting pitcher,” Hager said of Shaw. “We just couldn’t buy a hit. We got shut down.”

Stevens had two hits, but nobody else had more than one against either Ryan Baldonado (9 innings) or Alex Lunneborg (2 innings). There were no extra-base hits in the contest.

Saturday’s games

University of Jamestown 12,                                   Presentation College 0, 7 Innings

Jamestown  212 106 0 — 12 14 3

Presentation  000 000 0 — 0 5 0

Tanner Dahl and Nathan Christiuk. Ellingson, Bunjovac (5), Martinez (6) and Sanders. W—Dahl. L—Ellingson. 2B—UJ, Erik Peterson. PC, Segula. SB—UJ, Matt Achter 2, Blackmon Jr., Nolan Skowronek.

Presentation 1, Jamestown 0, 11 Innings

Jamestown 000 000 000 00 — 0 7 5

PC 000 000 000 01 — 1 4 3

Jason Shaw, Nick Smart (11) and Marcus Blackmon Jr. Baldonado, Lunneborg (10) and Castro. W—Lunneborg. L—Smart. SB—UJ, Christiuk. PC, Segula.

Sunday’s games

Jamestown 9, Presentation 4

Jamestown  032 022 0 — 9 9 0

Presentation  000 102 1 — 4 10 6

Kyle McKay, Ben Mortenson and Christiuk. Temme, McLean (6), Wolf (7). W—McKay. L—Temme. 2B—UJ, Achter, Flaten, Rudy Strnad. PC, Baldonado, Hofmann, Sanders, Segula. HR—UJ, Achter (1). SB—UJ, Skowronek (2), Strnad.

Jamestown 8, Presentation 7

Jamestown  022 101 011 — 8 12 3

Presentation  030 400 000 — 7 10 3

Darren Iseri, Ryan Sheeley (4), Nick Smart (9). McFarland, Bunjovac (6), Lunneborg (9) and Sanders. W—Sheeley. L—Lunneborg. Save—Smart. 2B—UJ, Uetz. SB—UJ, Flaten, Shayne Kelly, Peterson, Sitkowski.

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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