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Jimmies’ leadoff hitter stays hot

Courtney Van Den Bussche started the season fast and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. The University of Jamestown senior from Manitoba is second in the North Star Athletic Association in hitting with a sparkling .446 average.

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Of Van Den Bussche’s 56 at bats, 25 of them have ended in hits, including five doubles and a triple. She’s also scored 18 runs and driven in five as the Jimmies’ leadoff hitter.

“She’s hitting the ball really well. Most importantly she’s hitting the ball on the ground and using her speed,” said coach Kevin Gall. “She has a number of bunt hits. She’s getting on base a lot and that’s what we need.”

She’s also nearly perfect stealing bases, going 11-for-12.

Additionally, she’s playing a strong centerfield.

“As coaches you always think your players can do better and you want to push them and that’s the case with her, but she is playing well for us,” Gall said.

Van Den Bussche was named the NSAA player of the week, going 8-for-12 in four games.

The Jimmies swept the weekly awards.

Senior Emily Snow was chosen as pitcher of the week. The Rio Linda, Calif., product allowed three runs in 12 innings with 16 strikeouts.

The Jimmies (9-11) are scheduled to play Wednesday at Dickinson State, but that appears unlikely considering Monday’s blizzard.

Nolan Skowronek continues to stay above the .400 mark for the Jimmie baseball team.

The senior second baseman from Gilbert, Ariz., is hitting at a .419 clip through 21 games and 74 at bats. Skowronek has 31 hits in 74 ABs. He’s also boasts a strong .976 OPS, which is the combination of on-base and slugging percentages.

The Jimmies (16-5) are hitting .322 as a team. Mitch Stevens is at .394 and has hit two of the team’s three home runs. Erik Peterson’s 23 RBI are teamleading. The Jimmies are hitting .322 as a team.

Their schedule remains up in the air. The Jimmies are supposed to play at Dickinson State Wednesday and play at home for the first time Saturday, but that was before winter returned on Monday.

Hardly anybody appears able to get Jamestown High School grad Brady Anderson out.

The sophomore at Valley City State was named the NSAA’s player of the week for the second consecutive time on Monday. All of Anderson’s numbers are off the charts. He has 31 RBI through 23 games and owns a whopping OPS of 1.276. His batting average is .467, with 43 hits in 92 at bats. The Vikings are 3-1 in the NSAA and 12-19 overall.

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