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Jimmie softball sweeps Valley City State

Emily Snow allowed two runs in nine dominant innings to help the Jimmies sweep Valley City State on Tuesday.

It was the first games since March 30 for the University of Jamestown. After Snow fired a gem in the opener, the Jimmies had to rally to complete the sweep. They scored one to tie the game in the seventh and went ahead in the eighth as play went deep into the night in Valley City.

“(Second game) was a really good ballgame for people to sit and watch,” UJ coach Kevin Gall said. “It was frustrating as a coach to sit and watch because we left a lot of runners on base, but were able to pull it out in the end, so that was pretty exciting.”

The Jimmies squared their record at 11-11 overall and are 2-0 in North Star Athletic Association play.

They’re scheduled to host Mayville State on Thursday. A final decision on whether the field will be ready to go will be made today.

UJ 4, VCSU 1

Snow allowed just one run on four hits in the opener, earning her fifth win of the season. She struck out eight in the game.

“Emily pitched really well. She kept them off balance. She gave us a lot of good innings today, that’s for sure,” Gall said.

Sarah Money had two RBI in the win. Megan Heriot went 2-for-3. Autumn Wang singled, scored and had an RBI.

UJ 3, VCSU 2, (8)

The Jimmies trailed 1-0 going into the top of the seventh in the nightcap.

In the seventh, Cassie Simenson delivered a pinch-hit double to open the frame. Later, Money came through with a single that tied it.

In the eighth, Courtney Van Den Bussche worked a 14-pitch walk and then scored when Tylynn McKeever doubled to bring home the go-ahead run. Later, Emily Newman singled home McKeever with an important insurance run.

Liz Hall-Sewell clubbed a solo home run to start the bottom of the eight, but Snow fanned the next three Viking batters to end it.

The Jimmies had 13 hits in the game, but left 14 runners on.

“We had several chances to score more runs, but we couldn’t get a key hit,” Gall said. “There are positives though with the way we swung the bats. We kept grinding it out, and eventually were able to break through.”

Newman finished 3-for-4. Van Den Bussche added two hits.

University of Jamestown 4, Valley City State 1

UJ  003 100 0 — 4 7 0

VCSU  001 000 0 — 1 4 1

Emily Snow and Sydney Greenlund. Nalley, Metcalf (5) and Damge. W—Snow (5-6). L—Nalley.

Jamestown 3, Valley City State 2, 8 Innings

UJ  000 000 12 — 3 13 1 

VCSU  000 001 01 — 2 8 1

Hanna Dunnigan, Emily Snow (7) and Megan Heriot. Lindsey White, Morgan Nalley (7) and Taylor Schroeder. W—Snow (6-6). L—White. 2B—UJ, Hattie Fullmer, Tylynn McKeever, Cassie Simenson. HR—VCSU, Liz Hall-Sewell. SB—UJ, Courtney Van Den Bussche.

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.
(701) 952-8460