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The cold and windy weather nearly pitched a shutout on Tuesday against the Blue Jays and Jimmies. Only the University of Jamestown golf team was able to participate as scheduled and that tournament was held in Wisconsin. The undefeated JHS girls' soccer team's road game at Mandan was moved to Saturday, May 6. The Blue Jays (4-0) are scheduled to host the East-West Crossover on Friday, playing the Grand Forks schools at 4 p.m. (Red River) and 6 (Central) at Rotary Field.
Annie Nelson, Jacob Rice and Nathan Kapaun from the University of Jamestown golf team earned all-North Star Athletic Association honors by placing in the top five at the conference meet in Onalaska, Wis., on Tuesday. Nelson and Rice both placed fourth. Kapaun was fifth. Team-wise, the UJ men shot a 295 on Tuesday, which was the best score of any team in the four-round tournament. The UJ men ended in third place. The women were fourth.
Cancelations/postponements Tuesday: JHS girls soccer at Mandan, PPD. JHS baseball at Century, PPD. JHS softball at Turtle Mounta, PPD. UJ Track and Field at Concordia, Cancelled. Wednesday: UJ baseball vs. Dakota Wesleyan at Redfield, S.D., Canceled. Thursday: JHS track and Concordia, PPD UJ golf did play today in Iowa at the NSAA Conference tournament. Jimmie men took third. Jacob Rice placed 4th overall. Jimmie women placed fourth. Annie Nelson tied for 4th.
The University of Jamestown women's golf team improved its team score at the North Star Athletic Association tournament in Wisconsin on Monday. Led by Annie Nelson's 80, the Jimmies stayed in fourth place in the team standings. Their team score of 344 was nine better than their best round in the spring portion of the tournament in September in Albert Lea, Minn. Heading into today's final round, the Jimmies (1,060) trail Bellevue (992), Viterbo (1,026) and Waldorf (1,047).
Allowing no runs is a good way to assure victory. The University of Jamestown softball did it twice on Monday. Hanna Dunnigan and Brittany Rheault fired consecutive two-hit shutouts, blanking Mayville State 6-0 and 8-0. The games were played in Wahpeton in hopes of better weather, which did not really materialize. Still, the Jimmies racked up wins No. 31 and 32 on the season. "Hanna and Brittany were pretty much in control," UJ coach Kevin Gall said. "They did a really nice job controlling the games."
Pinch-hit home runs are a pretty rare occurrence at any level. Monday, the Jimmies pulled it off three times, all in dramatic fashion. In the opener against 22nd-ranked Mayville State, Kaleb Binstock's clutch blast delivered the Jimmies a 7-6 win in the bottom of the 10th inning. In game 2, Alex Sablan and Mark Kane clubbed pinch-hit shots to tie and then take the lead in another one-run win, 3-2. As a result, the Jimmies pulled off a North Star Athletic Association sweep in Aberdeen, S.D.
The University of Jamestown women's track and field team added two national qualifiers recently. At the Sioux City Relays, Kaianna Arellano cleared 5 feet, 6 1/4 inches to tie for first and qualify for the NAIA outdoor nationals next month in Gulf Shores, Ala. Previously, Arellano qualified in the 100 hurdles. Amber Posner, a junior from Pillager, Minn., qualified for the marathon. Posner ran a time of 1 hour, 31 minutes, 55 seconds at the Thunderbird Half Marathon in Bismarck on April 15.
Win No. 600 for Tom Hager came in a pitcher's duel. University of Jamestown ace Jerome Byndloss bested Mayville State No. 1 Kody Rock in a 3-2 win on Saturday at Charlie Brown Field in Valley City. "It was a great college baseball game," UJ head coach Tom Hager said. "We were thankful to come out on the winning end."
The pitching was good enough for a sweep on Saturday, but runs were hard to come by for the University of Jamestown softball team. Hanna Dunnigan tossed a five-hit shutout against Mayville State on Saturday in the first game, but the Comets outlasted the Jimmies 4-2 in nine innings in the nightcap at Trapper Field. Sunday's doubleheader was postponed due to cold weather. "I was pleased with the pitching," UJ coach Kevin Gall said. "All the pitchers that threw did a nice job." Offensively, the Jimmies had just nine hits on the day and struck out 15 times.
Scoring improved for the Blue Jay golf team on Saturday in Bismarck. Unfortunately, it did not equal a move up in the standings. Three JHS golfers posted rounds in the 80s at the Century-Legacy Invitational at Bismarck's Tom O'Leary Golf Course. Coach John Samuelson said his team made positives strides from Friday's tournament in Mandan. "Saturday, we didn't place any better, but we played much better," he said. "It was a solid day for us to give us some consistency and confidence."