It took a minute for University of Jamestown pitcher Brittany Rheault to find her groove on Sunday, plunking the leadoff hitter. Once she started firing on all cylinders, Bellevue had no answer. The West Fargo native was spectacular, hurling a no-hitter in a 3-0 complete-game effort in North Star Athletic Association action in a doubleheader that had to be moved to West Fargo because of field conditions in Jamestown. The Jimmies swept, winning the second game 8-0. Jamestown coach Kevin Gall said after the first inning of the opener, Rheault was steady.
On Monday, University of North Dakota golfer Daniel Sayler was looking forward to finishing up his junior year with the Big Sky tournament at the end of April in Boulder, Colorado. On Tuesday afternoon, the pre-medicine major from Wishek learned it may be his final competitive tournament. In a cost-cutting move, UND announced it’s eliminating baseball and men’s golf, meaning the two sports are playing their final action this spring. Sayler, who said he learned of it in a group meeting with athletic director Brian Faison, said the move is unfortunate.
Hunter Beckman isn’t easily frustrated on the mound, and for good reason. The Jamestown High School junior acknowledged he tends lose control when his mindset isn’t right. “When I get worked up, I start throwing balls and walking people,” Beckman said. “When I calm down and concentrate, I do much better. It’s mostly just concentration.” He was unflappable in the nightcap of a West Region doubleheader against Dickinson on Tuesday, limiting the Midgets to five hits in a 3-1 victory at Jack Brown Stadium. Dickinson won the opener 8-4.
On Monday, University of North Dakota golfer Daniel Sayler was looking forward to finishing up his junior year with the Big Sky tournament at the end of April in Boulder, Colorado. On Tuesday afternoon, the pre-medicine major from Wishek learned it may be his final competitive tournament. In a cost-cutting move, UND announced it’s eliminating baseball and men's golf, meaning the two sports are playing their final action this spring.
The University of Jamestown baseball team's pitching may get plenty of credit, but the lineup isn't shabby, either. In cold, blustery conditions that finished Sunday evening amid a wind chill around 20 degrees, the Jimmies took three of four from Dickinson State, scoring 36 total runs over two days in North Star Athletic Association action at Jack Brown Stadium. However, the weekend didn't end on a high note, as the 10th-ranked Jimmies fell to Dickinson State 10-6 for their third loss of the season, after beating the Blue Hawks 9-6, 12-0 and 9-6, respectively.
A flurry of runner-up finishes paced the University of Jamestown track and field teams amid changing weather Saturday in Bismarck. Rachel Heuchert and Kaiann Arellano placed second for the women in helping them to a fourth-place finish with 63.5 points at the University of Mary's Al Bortke Invite. Andrew Banken and Austin Mack led the men to fifth with 56.5 points, both taking second. The morning started off chilly, but the meet saw a much warmer afternoon. "We had to get used to a variety of conditions," UJ women's coach Jim Clark said.
Sydney Soulis is known more for her catching ability than her power at the plate. But that power came at a great time, crushing a grand slam and helping the Blue Jays to a 13-1 win for a West Region sweep at Williston on Friday night. Jamestown dominated the opener 19-1. Soulis' blast was the only long ball in the doubleheader, and it played a part in what was a big day for Jamestown, offensively.
The Jamestown High School baseball team had a slim lead but couldn't hold it in its season opener at Williston. The Coyotes received a sacrifice fly to center field from Chance Johnson to score Brett Engen from third base with one out in the bottom of the fifth for a 4-3 West Region win at Ardean Aafedt Stadium.
Three players mean an awful lot to the success of the Jamestown High School baseball team this spring. The graduation of seven seniors off last year's state-tournament team has put senior Tanner Lunzman and juniors Nolan Kratz and Ben Friebel in the driver's seat. Other than those three, experience is non-existent. "There are a lot of new faces out there," Jamestown coach Kelley Kessler said. "We're learning a lot of new things. Every day is an important day to figure things out with positioning and our roster, and who's gonna be able to help us."
Coming off a career year, the Jamestown High School girls fastpitch softball program has a hard act to follow. The Blue Jays made the state tournament for the first time, even winning their state quarterfinal en route to fourth place. Still, coach Mike Soulis likes his team's potential this spring. They start the season today at Williston. "Defensively, I'm confident we'll be solid," Soulis said. "We need to replace the bats and production of our seniors that graduated."