A season of small things has made a big difference at times for Jamestown Blue Jays softball this spring.
The Jays fell to Dickinson 7-4 during Thursday's West Region tournament quarterfinals in Minot, giving up six walks and three errors to the third-seeded Midgets. Jamestown plays Mandan today at 1 p.m. in loser-out action.
"It's just the little things that have sorta been haunting us all season long," said Blue Jays coach Marissa Drenth. "We gave a very good team too many extra opportunities. If we clean some of that stuff up that game tells a different story."
Dickinson loaded the bases in the second inning behind a hit batter, a Blue Jay error and a walk, before plating the game's first two runs on a passed ball and a wild pitch. The Midgets scored twice more in both the third and the fifth frames, only getting to Blue Jay pitcher Payton Gall for three total hits.
Jamestown got one run back in the fifth following a McKenna Jackson lead-off double, and later loaded the bases in a three-run sixth. But the Jays ultimately left nine runners on base.
"The girls fought hard," Drenth said. "You dig yourself a hole and they came back the way they're taught to come back. We ran out of innings at the end."
Mandan fell to Bismarck Century 11-2 Thursday. The Blue Jays split a doubleheader with the Braves on May 7.
"I've got a lot of girls I can put on the field at any position and they'll play their hearts out for me," Drenth said. "That's the advantage I feel I have, so hopefully we'll bounce back tomorrow and be the team I know we can be."
Dickinson 7, Jamestown 4
JHS 000 013 0 -- 4 6 3
DHS 022 021 X -- 7 3 5
Payton Gall and Jenna Fischer. Mataya Mortensen and Taya Hopfauf. W--Mortenson. L--Gall.
Highlights: J, Gall 2 ER, 3 SO, 6 BB; McKenna Jackson 1-3, 2B, RBI, R; Katie Falk 2-3, R; Ella Roaldson 1-4, 2B. D, Mortenson 1 ER, 3 SO, 3 BB, 1-3, 3B, RBI; Emy Personne 1-3, RBI, R.
Records: Dickinson 23-8. Jamestown 15-12.