There are blowouts, and then there are blowouts.

The beating the Jamestown College baseball team applied to Valley City State on Wednesday falls under the latter category.

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Among the highlights in Wednesday's home finale:

r In the opener, Andy Racus and Conor Cook hit back-to-back home runs twice, in consecutive innings, no less.

r In back-to-back at-bats in Game 2, Tim Penner hit a grand slam and a 3-run homer.

r In all, 13 JC players had hits, 14 scored runs and 10 had at least one RBI.

r The Jimmies scored in eight of their 10 at-bats in the doubleheader.

r They had two grand slams: Max Boe did it in Game 1, and Penner followed in Game 2.

r When it was all said and done, mercifully for the Vikings' sake, the Jimmies had hit eight home runs, scored 39 runs and pounded out 39 hits in only 10 innings, winning 21-2 and 18-6, played at Jack Brown Stadium, not Rollie Green Field.

"It was a great way to go out at home," said Racus, who had a pair of 2-run homers in Game 1. "To win, and play like we did, it was a lot of fun."

The Jimmies, now 21-9-1 overall and 9-5 in the Dakota Athletic Conference, travel to league-leading Dickinson State today for two games.

"I don't think this was a fluke or anything," said Penner, who had seven RBIs in the nightcap. "We have a good lineup, and we're showing that. It should be interesting (Thursday)."

JC 21, VCSU 2

Game 1 turned into batting practice for the Jimmies.

Down 2-0 after one inning, the home team scored the final 21 runs to shorten the opener to 4 1/2 innings.

Their 9-run bottom of the second was crookedest number of the day.

Boe had the first big blow, connecting for a grand slam to make it 5-2 JC.

Racus and Cook followed with a rare feat.

The two belted back-to-back home runs in consecutive innings.

With one out in the second, Jesse Ramirez singled. Racus was next and unloaded for his first long ball of the day.

Cook was next and he lofted one over the left-field wall to make it 8-2.

The Jimmies' 9-run second lasted 35 minutes as they sent 13 batters to plate. Cook and Andy Scott each had two hits in the inning.

They were far from done, though.

Next up was a 5-run third with Racus's 2-run home run accounting for the first two runs. Cook followed and went deep again to right to make it 12-2.

"I've never seen anything like that," said Racus, who has six long balls on the season. "I'm kind of speechless about the whole thing. It was pretty wild."

The Jimmies piled on seven more runs in the fourth with virtually the entire starting nine already out of the game. Sam Lawless had a 2-run single to cap the 20-hit onslaught.

"I think as much as anything it was our guys just having confidence," coach Tom Hager. "We have a veteran lineup with quality hitters up and down the lineup. We're capable of scoring a lot of runs, like we showed today."

Ben Watkins got through a shaky top of the first and followed with three scoreless innings to get his third win.

JC 18, VCSU 6

The second game was much of the same.

Penner swung the biggest stick this time, as the senior third baseman blasted a grand slam and a three-run shot in consecutive at-bats as the Jimmies again torched VCSU.

Penner actually accomplished the same feat as a freshman against Bemidji State, but it was not a slam and a 3-run shot.

"No, that part was different," he said. "It's funny because in the first game, Andy and Conor went back-to-back twice, and then I didn't do anything after that. So, I kind of had to redeem myself a little bit."

The Vikings again jumped out early, scoring four first-inning runs.

But from there, again, it was all Jimmies.

After Ryan Shaw walked the bases loaded, Penner unloaded them with a deep drive to left-center field that put the Jimmies up 7-4.

The Jimmies followed with another big, crooked number, hanging six runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth to blow it open.

Griffin Sweazey led off the frame with a solo shot to left. After a single by Ramirez and a walk to Cook -- one batter later -- Penner unloaded for a 3-run shot to the deepest part of the park to balloon the lead to 11-4.

"Everybody was swinging the bats great today, so when it's your turn up there, you wanted to do something because it seemed like everybody was doing something pretty big," Penner said.

The Jimmies finished with 19 hits.

"Baseball is a strange game," Hager said. "The other day, I felt like we hit a lot of balls hard, but didn't have a lot to show for it. (Today) we hit the ball hard, and had a lot to show for it. That's just baseball."

Like Watkins in the opener, Ryan Iliff settled down after a bumpy first inning and fired four straight zeroes from there en route to his fourth win.

"Ryan was pitching on short rest and he gutted out five solid innings for us. He minimized the damage in the first inning and then gave us a great chance to win the game," Hager said.

Jamestown College 21, Valley City State 2

Vikings 200 00 -- 2 4 1

Jimmies 095 7x -- 21 20 2

Derek Zitzow, Zach Noriega (3), Kyle Skinner (4), Alex Beach (4) and Justin Connell. Ben Watkins, Chris Combo (5) and Joe Perez, Nathan Christiuk (5). W--Watkins (3-0). L--Zitzow. HR--JC, Max Boe (4), Andy Racus 2 (6), Conor Cook 2 (3).

Jamestown College 18, Valley City State 6

Vikings 400 010 1 -- 6 10 1

Jimmies 304 623 x -- 18 19 0

Ryan Shaw, Joey Duttenhefer (4) and Justin Connell. Ryan Iliff, Wes Hardy (6) and Perez, Christiuk (6). W--Iliff (4-1). L-Shaw. HR--JC, Tim Penner 2 (4-1), Griffin Sweazey.

Records: Jamestown College 19-9-1 overall, 7-5 DAC; Valley City State 13-18 overall, 6-8 DAC.

Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at daves@jamestownsun.com