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There aren't many freshmen and sophomores that see a lot of diamond time for the University of Jamestown baseball team. A big reason for that is Tom Hager's team usually has a bumper crop of seniors, and this season is no different. The 13 final-year players on the roster, which helped lead the Jimmies to the NAIA national tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., have had varying roles, but the combined impact is significant. Last season, the Jimmies won 52 games. This year, they've notched 40 more heading into today's first-round game against Concordia, Neb.
Hits and runs came early and often in the opening game Friday in Bismarck for the Blue Jay baseball team. Game 2 turned into a pitching duel as Bismarck Legacy earned a West Region split with Jamestown. Kelley Kessler's team pounded out 10 hits in game 1, and got another gem on the mound from Andrew Nohrenberg. The senior right-hander needed just 46 pitches to fire a three-inning, one-hitter. Nohrenberg tossed a five-inning no-hitter just last week.
Christa Lysne finished her career in style on Friday. The University of Jamestown senior piled up 26 points during the North Star Athletic Association outdoor meet at Taylor Stadium. The Devils Lake product won the 1,500-meter run and added second- and third-place finishes to help the Jimmies to a runner-up team finish. "She had her struggles through her sophomore and junior years, but what an awesome finish to her senior year," UJ women's track and field coach Jim Clark said of the nursing major. "It was so gratifying to see her go out like that."
Kevin Gall made sure his team savored the flavor. Qualifying for the NAIA national softball tournament, something no other Jimmie team had done in 25 years, required a little time for reflection. "When coach (Tom) Dosch and I were colleagues we had the 24-hour rule. This year, we had the 48-hour rule," Gall said of his team's feat. "We wanted to enjoy it. It was overwhelming the number of alums and friends and relatives that wished us congratulations and good luck. "That was a good feeling for everybody."
High School Baseball: Jamestown 10, Bismarck Legacy 1 Legacy 3, Jamestown 2 High School Softball: Jamestown 21, Turtle Mountain 4 Jamestown 23, Turtle Mountain 3
Drew Larsen aced his final test. The University of Jamestown senior thrower went out in style, winning the North Star Athletic Association hammer throw championship on Friday at Taylor Stadium. Larsen's heave of 154 feet, 4 inches topped the field by nearly a half foot. "To see Drew win the conference as a senior was fantastic," UJ men's coach Ed Crawford said. "That was really fun to see him do that well." Also on Thursday, Amber Posner proved to be the top long-distance runner in the North Star.
Williston got the better of Jamestown on Thursday, but the Blue Jays had bright spots. Payton Hoggarth and Courtney Peterson registered singles wins against the Coyotes, who scored a 7-2 victory at Bolinger Courts. "Even though we lost, I thought the girls were playing to win, not just playing not to lose and that's an important step for us as we get to close to the postseason," JHS coach Jordan Koushkouski said. "Williston is always a tough team. When we play them it's always unpredictable."
Beating the No. 2 team in the NAIA twice down the stretch paid big dividends for the Jimmies. The University of Jamestown baseball team earned an at-large bid into the NAIA national tournament on Thursday. The Jimmies are the No. 4 seed in the Hutchinson (Kan.) Bracket and face fifth-seeded Concordia, Neb., on Monday at 11 a.m. The NAIA national tournament features nine, five-team regional brackets. The winners advance to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.
The University of Jamestown baseball team has earned an at-large bid into the NAIA national baseball tournament. The Jimmies (40-18) are the No. 4 seed in the Tabor, Kan., bracket. Jamestown plays future GPAC foe Concordia (Neb.) on Monday at 11 a.m. Concordia is the No. 5 seed. Tabor is one of nine regional host sites. Each regional winner advances to the NAIA national tournament in Lewiston, Idaho. Teams 1. Clarke (Iowa) 2. Missouri Baptist 3. Tabor (Kan.) 4. University of Jamestown 5. Concordia (Neb.)
Jamestown will be the track and field hub of the state this weekend. The North Star Athletic Association outdoor championships will overtake the Taylor Stadium grounds on Thursday and Friday with the Al Cassell Relays (high school edition) here on Saturday.