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With a busy week looming, Kelley Kessler was looking for his pitchers to eat innings Tuesday night in Minot. Andrew Nohrenberg and Ryder Lunzman did exactly that, turning in back-to-back strong starts as Jamestown earned a split with the Magicians. Minot took game 1 2-0, but the Blue Jays rebounded to take the nightcap, 6-4. Now 4-4 on the young campaign, the Jays have doubleheaders at Bismarck Friday and Williston Saturday.
Bright spots were hard to find in the season opener for the JHS tennis team on Monday. Good news is it's really early. Jess Schultz provided strong play for the Blue Jays at Bolinger Courts, but it was all Valley City otherwise in an 8-1 Hi-Liner win.
The Jamestown High School girls tennis team has been a state-tournament contender in recent seasons. Clearing the final hurdle is the goal for Jordan Koushkouski's team this spring. The Blue Jays open the season today in Valley City with a non-conference dual. "We expect to be in about the same position as last year where we're right on the edge of being a state qualifier," the JHS coach said. "Hopefully this is the year we're able to get over the hump."
On the verge of another coaching milestone, Tom Hager senses his team might be pressing a bit to get him win No. 600. After dropping three out of four games to No. 5-ranked Bellevue (Neb.) over the weekend, the University of Jamestown lost a wild one to Concordia on Monday in Moorhead. The Jimmies led 5-0 while the Cobbers held a 9-6 advantage before the home team walked off with a 10-9 win in the bottom of the ninth.
Dickinson outscored Jamestown 27-6 in posting a West Region sweep at Trapper Field on Thursday. The Midgets, who improved to 7-1, won by the scores of 11-1 and 16-5. "I think they're the best team we've played so far," JHS coach Mike Soulis said. "I feel good about the second game. We were battling, but when we got even, we fell behind again and it's tough to always be playing catchup." Dickinson totaled 10 hits in the opener. The Blue Jays were held to five. Hannah Schiele had two of them.
Easter weekend offers a couple of elite matchups for baseball and softball fans. U n f o r t u n a t e - ly, one of the North Star Athletic Association showdowns will require a road trip east. The University of Jamestown was supposed to host conference-leading Bellevue (Neb.) this weekend. All four softball games will be played at Trapper Field, starting at 1 p.m. today and 11 a.m. on Saturday. Due to continued work at Jack Brown Stadium, however, the baseball doubleheaders will be played in West Fargo.
The University of Jamestown baseball team's doubleheader against No. 5-ranked Bellevue scheduled for Friday and Saturday has been moved to West Fargo. The games will be played at 1 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday. The games were scheduled to be played at Jack Brown Stadium, but the field is not ready due to repairs to the playing surface as a result of the dugout upgrade project. The Jimmies' home game on Monday against Concordia also has been moved to Moorhead.
Relief pitchers Marshall Burgess and Eric Evans pitched the Jimmies to a sweep on Tuesday in Minnesota. Burgess and Evans combined for five scoreless innings on the mound as the University of Jamestown rallied for a 6-5 win over Viterbo (Wis.) in Cold Spring. The Jimmies took the opener 11-7. "We got to play in a beautiful ballpark on a beautiful day and found a way to win two games," UJ coach Tom Hager said. Burgess got eight outs as the third of five pitchers in game 2. Evans closed the win with 2 1/3 clean frames. Burgess fanned four and Evans three.
Hunter Gibson struck out 11 Velva batters in helping Midkota-Dakota Prairie-Lakota-Griggs County Central to a 6-1 win in Class B baseball action on Tuesday night. Gibson allowed just three hits in the complete-game victory. Eric Salveson had two hits for the Mustangs, who improved to 2-2 on the season. Coach Rick Christianson teams has 20 players out this season, but no seniors. The roster features seven juniors, three sophomores and 10 freshmen. The Mustangs begin Region 3 play on Tuesday in Steele against Kidder County.
Annie Nelson's strong spring continued on Monday. The University of Jamestown junior golfer notched her second win in the last three meets with a come-from-behind victory at Bully Pulpit near Medora, N.D. Down three shots heading into round 2, Nelson's 78 rallied the Bismarck native to a one-stroke win over Gina Kowolchuk of Great Falls, Montana. Nelson cut seven strokes off her Sunday score to edge Kowolchuk by one, 163 to 164.