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Justine Rechenmacher helped the Jimmies finish off a regular-season sweep of their arch rivals. Jamestown College took a pair of games from Valley City State on Thursday at McElroy Park, winning 4-1 in the opener and 4-2 in the nightcap. Rechenma...

Justine Rechenmacher helped the Jimmies finish off a regular-season sweep of their arch rivals.

Jamestown College took a pair of games from Valley City State on Thursday at McElroy Park, winning 4-1 in the opener and 4-2 in the nightcap.

Rechenmacher did her part, tossing a complete-game three-hitter in the first game, and picking up two hits in each game of the doubleheader.

"It's always nice to beat Valley City," the senior from Aurora, Ill., said. "In my four years here, I don't think we had ever won all four games against them. One of our goals this year was to win all four against Valley."

The sweep sets up a big weekend home-and-home series with Minot State. The Jimmies moved into third place in the conference standings with the two wins, and they are even with the second-place Beavers in the win column.


JC (18-8, 7-5 DAC) hosts Minot State (15-7, 7-3 DAC) on Saturday, and travels to Minot on Sunday.

"It sets up a big weekend with Minot State, some big games," Jimmies coach Kevin Gall said. "It was a great job by the girls coming out and getting two victories. It was just what we needed. Now we'll see where we stack up with Minot State.

"They beat us three out of four last year. Hopefully we can return the favor."

Jimmies 4, Vikings 1

Rechenmacher only made one mistake on the mound, and she paid for it.

The Vikings' Cyndi Figol lined a solo homer over the left field wall leading off the third to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead.

"That was my fault," Rechenmacher said. "It was a screwball that I didn't want to throw too far inside and hit her, so it stayed out over the plate."

The Vikings had some chances early, with three hits and two JC errors in the first three innings. But Rechenmacher stranded five VCSU baserunners.


"Even if the defense bobbles a couple, I have 100 percent trust in them that they'll make the plays," Rechenmacher said. "That makes it easy to make my pitches.

"The defense stood solid today, which was the key to our success."

After Figol's homer, the Vikings couldn't get anything done offensively.

Rechenmacher (9-4) allowed one run on three hits, walking none and striking out five. After the homer, she retired the final 15 batters she faced.

"She's playing consistent," Gall said. "She hasn't dominated anybody and she hasn't been roughed up by anybody either. She can spot the ball around. One of the big things we said at the start of the year was that we wanted consistent play, and that sums up Justine's season."

"My drop ball was working really well and Courtney (Wong, the JC catcher) knows how to set people up," Rechenmacher said. "And my defense made some plays."

The Jimmies tied it up in the fourth when Kayla Price led off with a double and scored on a one-out double by Rechenmacher, who went 2-for-3 at the plate.

They took the lead for good in the sixth. With one out, Rechenmacher reached on an error, Wong was hit by a pitch and Sarah Heinemann lined an 0-1 pitch from Krystal Hathaway over the left-field fence. Heinemann's fourth homer of the season (which ties Amy Shadinger for the team lead) gave JC a 4-1 lead.


"She's embracing the opportunity that she's gotten," Gall said. "That's fun to see things like that, to see her doing well. She's just going up there and getting it done."

Jimmies 4, Vikings 2

The Jimmies got a pair of run-scoring triples and built a 4-0 lead to back up a good outing on the mound by Kate Street to finish the sweep.

Jamestown College got on the board first in the third inning. Jen Penner led off with a walk and scored on Shadinger's two-out triple. Shadinger came home to make it 2-0 when the VCSU shortstop couldn't handle a line drive off the bat of Rechenmacher.

One inning later, the Jimmies added to their lead.

Heinemann singled and stole second, then went to third on Betsy Westermann's sacrifice bunt. Heinemann came home for a 3-0 lead on a run-scoring grounder by Brittney Varnell.

"It was good to see us execute," Gall said. "We got a runner on second, Westermann bunted her over and Varnell got the RBI. It was good execution, excellent team play. It was good to see."

Penner was hit by a pitch, and Jamie Novakovsy followed with a triple to make it 4-0.

The Vikings (17-19, 3-12 DAC) got on the board in the sixth on Amanda Carter's two-run double. But Street settled down again and retired the final six batters she faced.

Street (8-4) allowed two runs on five hits, walked one and struck out six.

Rechenmacher and Heinemann each went 2-for-3 in the game.

Jamestown College 4, Valley City State 1

VCSU 001 000 0 -- 1 3 1

JC 000 103 x -- 4 5 2

Krystal Hathaway and Amanda Carter; Justine Rechenmacher and Courtney Wong. W--Rechenmacher (9-4). L--Hathaway. HR--VC, Cyndi Figol. JC, Sarah Heinemann (4).

Jamestown College 4, Valley City State 2

VCSU 000 002 0 -- 2 5 3

JC 002 200 x -- 4 6 0

Karisa Etter and Amanda Carter; Kate Street and Courtney Wong. W--Street (8-4). L--Etter.

Records: Valley City State 17-19, 3-12 DAC; Jamestown College 18-8, 7-5 DAC.

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