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Jimmie baseball wins a pair in Kansas

Kory Wolden1 / 2
Taichi Sasaki2 / 2

Tom Hager's boys were ready to rake Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Baldwin City, Kan.

University of Jamestown jumped all over Northwestern College (Iowa) to open its spring portion of the NAIA college baseball season. The Jimmies scored seven runs on six hits in the top of the first inning, cruising to a 15-5, seven-inning victory over the Red Raiders.

Jamestown wrapped up the day with a 6-3 win in seven innings over Baker (Kan.), improving to a perfect 9-0. The Jimmies went 7-0 in the fall.

"It was good to finally get a chance to play today," said Hager, head coach of the Jimmies. "I really appreciate the coaches of Baker and Northwestern for making this happen.

"We got the cobwebs out and played pretty well."

Game 1 went pear-shaped fairly quickly for Northwestern and starting pitcher Raphael DeHoyos. The Jimmies tagged DeHoyos for eight hits and 12 earned runs, chasing him off the hill after 1 2/3 innings.

Senior shortstop Scooter Turin produced a two-run single in Jamestown's six-run first, where the Jimmies sent 12 batters to the plate. UJ's senior outfielder Kory Wolden then cleared the bases with a three-run double in the second inning.

Jerome Byndloss pitched the first six outs for Jamestown to record the win. Eli Fultz, Brodie Stairs, Nick Torres and Jess Prothero also saw action on the mound.

"We were able to put the ball in play early and often in both games, and that set the tone and allowed our pitchers to settle in," Hager said. "A lot of different guys contributed on the mound and a lot of different guys contributed offensively."

The Jimmies scored the first three runs in game 2 of the day against Baker University. But a pair of runs scored by Jamestown in the top of the fourth made the difference, as the Wildcats kept it close in the three-run Jimmie victory.

Senior outfielder Taichi Sasaki went 1-for-2 with a pair of RBIs for the Jimmies. Jamestown's designated hitter Drake Pilat had a three-hit game.

Jimmie starter Chase Thometz gave up a pair of earned runs on four hits through 2 1/3. Joe Spradlin earned the win after getting the Jimmies out of the third and through the fourth with no damage done.

Jamestown remains in action today facing 16th-ranked Tabor College (8-6) at 2 p.m. in Hillsboro, Kan. The Jimmies and the Bluejays will play one nine-inning contest.

"It was good to get out of the gym and get back on the field," Hager said. "I was happy with the intensity our guys played with, and now we have to bring that two days in a row.

"Tabor is a really good team and should be a good test for us."

(RV) Jamestown 15, Northwestern College (Iowa) 5

UJ 750 001 2 -- 15 12 1

NC 000 031 1 -- 5 9 2

Jerome Byndloss, Eli Fultz (3), Brodie Stars (5), Nick Torres (5), Jess Prothero (7) and Quinn Irey, Zach Zuubrugg. Raphael DeHoyos, Nick Stimson (2), Zac Bridger (5), Thomas Wilson (6), Cole Francis (7) and Zachary Rosson. W--Byndloss. L--DeHoyos.

UJ Highlights: Byndloss 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 SO; Kory Wolden 2-5, 2B 4 RBI; Drake Pilate 2-4; Taichi Sasaki 2-4.

Records: Jamestown 8-0. Northwestern College 2-6.

(RV) Jamestown 6, Baker University 3

UJ 120 201 0 -- 6 9 1

BU 020 000 1 -- 3 6 6

Chase Thometz, Joe Spradlin (3), Beau Rabedeaux (5), Eric Evans (7) and Irey. Mark Carmack, Ryker Johnson (4) and Wyatt Logan. W--Spradlin. L--Carmack.

UJ Highlights: Thometz 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER; Spradlin 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 SO; Pilat 3-4; Tyler Ludlow 2-3; Sasaki 1-2, 2 RBIs.

Records: Jamestown 9-0. Baker University 3-12.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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