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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."
There have been lots of long road trips for the Jimmie baseball team this season. Today and tomorrow, only a short drive is required. The University of Jamestown baseball team was hoping to play at home for this first time this weekend, but wet weather prevented new sod from being laid to complete the dugout project at Jack Brown Stadium. So instead, the Jimmies will meet Mayville State in Valley City today and tomorrow. First pitch today is at 1 p.m. with a noon start on Sunday.
The University of Jamestown's Kaiann Arellano qualified for outdoor nationals in the high jump on Friday at the Sioux City Relays. Arellano, a junior from Jamestown, cleared 5 feet, 6 1/4 quarter inches to tie for first place in the large Iowa meet. The NAIA national outdoor championships will be held May 25-27 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Mandan Invitational At Prairie West Golf Course Team Scores 1. Turtle Mountain 320. 2. St. Mary's 323. 3. Century 324. 4. Minot 331. 5. Bismack 333. 6. Dickinson 350. 7. Jamestown 354. 8. Williston 359. 9. Legacy 366. 10. Mandan 374. Individual Results Top 10
Motivation is not lacking this season for the Jamestown High School boys golf team. After missing the state tournament by a single stroke last spring, this year their eyes are squarely on the prize. "That's kinda been eating at them, but they're trying to turn it into a positive," second-year coach John Samuelson said. "They're pretty excited. They've been out at the course working at it."
When spring practice started a month ago, the University of Jamestown football team had some tough issues to tackle. Most notably, who or whom, was going to take over at running back. With Saturday's spring game just two days away, head coach Josh Kittell believes the Jimmies will be just fine on the ground.