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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.
Chase Thometz put an exclamation point on the University of Jamestown's four-game sweep of Winnipeg. The junior from Sandy, Ore., struck out 12 Wesmen batters in a seven-inning complete-game victory on Saturday as the Jimmies finished off a 4-0 weekend against the University of Winnipeg, improving to 10-2 in the North Star Athletic Association and 27-11 overall. "Thometz was outstanding again," UJ coach Tom Hager said. "It was a tight ballgame, but Chase was dominating. It was impressive."
Kaiann Arellano carried her indoor jumping success outside on Saturday in Bismarck. Against primarily an NCAA Division II field, the University of Jamestown junior placed first by clearing 5 feet, 2 1/4 inches at the Al Bortke Open. Arellano's win led the UJ women to fifth place (71 points) out of seven teams. The men were sixth. Other schools at the meet were Mary, MSU-Moorhead, UND, Minot State, Dickinson State and Valley City State. Full meet results can be found at jamestownsun.com
The Jimmies kept pace in the North Star Athletic Association softball standings in South Dakota on Saturday. After sweeping Presentation College 12-2 and 3-2 in Aberdeen, the University of Jamestown remains in the No. 2 position in the conference with league-leading Bellevue (Neb.) up next. The Jimmies are 13-2 in the their last 15 games.
Finding enough pitching is not easy to do for a lot of Class B baseball teams. Over the last few years, that has not been an issue for Carrington. Coach Wayne Shipman's Cardinals again appear to be in good shape on the mound heading into this weekend's season-opening set in Bismarck. With senior standout Braxton Hewitt, junior Jayden Shipman and sophomore Kyle Leapaldt, plus sophomore Lucas Geiszler, the Cardinals have a strong stable of arms.
Youth is being served in the Jamestown High School track and field teams and so far the results are promising. Both teams were hit hard by graduation, but coaches Ken Gardner and Mike Dietz are liking what they're seeing.