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University of Jamestown had yet to hand the ball over to Brad Bennett this postseason. The senior ace got the call on Sunday and turned in a gem, keeping the Jimmies' season alive at Charlie Brown Field in Valley City. Bennett tossed nine innings of one-run baseball against the nation's second-ranked team, en route to a 6-1 Jimmie victory over Bellevue University in the NSAA baseball tournament. The Jimmies and the Bruins play again today at 11 a.m. The winner moves on to face either Valley City State or Mayville State in the conference championship game at 5 p.m.
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The Blue Jay softball team opened its weekend in Minnesota with a split on Friday in Little Falls. Jamestown topped the host team 4-1, but fell to a solid Albany team 11-1. Albany, a Class AA high school, improved to 12-1 overall. Albany plated seven runs in the first inning against the Jays.
Megan Gaffaney and Emily Reiten connected late in Minot to keep the Blue Jays' undefeated soccer season intact. Gaffaney's team-leading sixth assist was directed off the head of Reiten and into the net in the 76th minute of Friday's West Region match against the Majettes. Jamestown High School escaped the turf field at Minot State University with a huge 1-0 victory, improving to 8-0 overall. Minot was coming off a 2-0 victory over Bismarck Century on Tuesday. Jamestown has handed Minot (4-2-2 overall) its only two losses of the spring.
Hanna Dunnigan saved her best for last. The left-handed ace has largely dominated her senior softball season for the University of Jamestown. She'll graduate later this month with her name littered all over the Jimmies' record book, but the Canadian isn't quite finished competing for the orange and black. Dunnigan and the Jimmies open postseason play facing Presentation College on Friday in the opening round of the North Star Athletic Association's conference tournament in Dickinson. The Jimmies (36-18 overall) are seeded second.
Hanna Dunnigan saved her best for last. The left-handed ace has largely dominated her senior softball season for the University of Jamestown. She’ll graduate later this month with her name littered all over the Jimmies’ record book, but the Canadian isn’t quite finished competing for the orange and black.
Maggie Ridley scored back-to-back goals early in the first half on Tuesday in Bismarck, and Jamestown High School was off to the races. The Blue Jays soared to a perfect 7-0, defeating Bismarck Legacy 6-1. "Overall, we came out and took care of business," Blue Jay coach Mike Schulz said. "Legacy played a lot better than what their record would suggest."
Olivia Nihill can still bring the heat. Jamestown High School's No. 2 starting pitcher last spring came in and recorded the final seven outs for the Blue Jays in game 2 of Tuesday's West Region doubleheader against Bismarck High at Trapper Field. Jamestown rolled to victory 9-5, with Nihill collecting the save. "I'm always ready to come in," said Nihill, who is the team's full-time shortstop. "Payton (Gall) pitched great, they just needed me to close it out for her."
Not many collegiate-level newbies become immediate gamechangers as freshmen. But not only has Mikayla Frost been one of the brightest young talents on the field for the University of Jamestown softball team this spring, the Idaho native wasn't even swinging a bat a few years ago. "I was a soccer girl and now I'm a softball girl," said Frost, following the Jimmies' sweep of Valley City State University on Sunday at Trapper Field. "I actually started playing softball really late."
Hanna Dunnigan and the University of Jamestown softball team must have had this past weekend circled on the calendar. The Jimmies finished the regular season sweeping four games from rival Valley City State. The Jimmies cruised 8-1 and 3-1 on Saturday in Valley City, before rolling to 3-2 and 8-0 victories at Trapper Field on Sunday.