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The Jimmies couldn't catch a break on Monday in Sioux City, Iowa. Playing in the NAIA national tournament for the first time since 1992, the University of Jamestown softball team fell to Reinhardt College (Ga.) 2-1 in eight innings. Reinhardt got the game-winning run without a hit. The Eagles drew threw walks and another batter was hit by a pitch to end it.
Jamestown swept Turtle Mountain 16-0 and 26-6 on Monday in West Region softball action in Belcourt. The Blue Jays leveled their record at 15-15 with the sweep. Alex Nihill tossed a one-hitter in the opener, finishing with four strikeouts. Mariah Wick, Hannah Schiele and Olivia Nihill each had four hits on the day for the Blue Jays, who totaled 26 knocks combined, including 17 in game 2. Next up for Jamestown is a doubleheader at Minot on Friday. Jamestown 16, Turtle Mountain 0 JHS 400 93 -- 16 9 1
Kaiann Arellano's trip to Alabama just got busier. The University of Jamestown junior track and field star, already qualified for the NAIA national meet in the high jump and 110-meter hurdles, added the heptathlon to her agenda on Monday. Arellano was ranked 17th entering Monday and only the top 16 qualify for the event. But two athletes elected not to participate, opening a spot for the Jamestown High School grad. The national outdoor meet will be held May 25-27 in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Reinhardt (Ga.) edged Jamestown 2-1 in eight innings at the NAIA national softball tournament on Monday. The game was played in Sioux City, Iowa. Both teams had five hits in the game. Reinhardt scored the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth inning. Linda Ontiveros scored Kelly Halverson with a single for the Jimmies' lone run in the top of the fourth inning. The Jimmies (41-20) play a loser-out game on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
Concordia (Neb.) defeated Jamestown 8-7 in opening-round play of the NAIA national baseball tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., on Monday. The Jimmies trailed 8-4 entering the ninth inning, but rallied to within 8-7. They had the bases loaded with two outs, but Kory Wolden lined to right field to end the game. Landon Uetz had a two-run home run and a triple for the Jimmies. Alex Sablan also homered. Quinn Irey had three hits. The Jimmies (40-20) play Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. in a loser-out game against either Missouri Baptist or Tabor (Kan.).
Andrew Nohrenberg's first home run was one to remember. The Jamestown High School senior blasted a two-out, two-run shot over the ivy-covered right-field fence to lift Jamestown to a 6-4 extra inning win over Minot on Saturday at Jack Brown Stadium. Both games went extras with the Magicians salvaging a split, although the Jays caught an apparent bad break in in the bottom of the seventh in what could've been their second walk-off win of the day. Still, Nohrenberg's late-inning heroics made for memorable warm and sunny afternoon.
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."