PUMPING IRON: Mimong homers, Blue Jay baseball splits Thursday
Isaac Mimong shaped his body throughout the 2018-19 school year and it's showed this spring on the baseball field.
The Jamestown High School junior, who's had a zero-hour weight lifting class all year, went 3-for-3 with a double, solo home run and four RBIs during a doubleheader with Minot on Thursday, April 25. The Blue Jays split with Minot, winning 14-1 and falling 14-4 both in five innings, in Jamestown's home opener at Jack Brown Stadium.
The Blue Jays are 4-2 overall and in the West Region, while the Magicians are 8-3 overall and 5-3 in conference play.
"I'm just feeling really good and I was able to swing it really well," Mimong said.
The junior, who's a tennis, basketball and baseball player, started the season off 2-for-9 with a double, RBI, and five runs scored. But Mimong heated up during Thursday's contests.
Mimong hit an RBI single during the first frame of game 1, which sent nine Blue Jay bats to the dish and scored four runs. The junior cracked an RBI double in the next inning that finished off another seven-run inning. Jamestown led Minot 11-0 after two innings and held on from there.
"I was just swinging it pretty well, things were feeling good and good things happened," Mimong said.
With the Blue Jays trailing 4-1 heading into the bottom of the second of game 2, Mimong gave the Jack Brown Stadium crowd something to cheer about. Mimong showed his progress in the weight room by cracking a solo home run to left-center field and touching them all in a rare Blue Jay homer.
"Isaac's done a lot in the last year," said Jamestown coach Kelley Kessler. "He's changed his body, his confidence is a lot better right now and he's solidified his spot at third base for us now. He swings at good balls and he's driving the ball for us."
Dawson Douty pitched game 1 for Jamestown and allowed one run, two hits, while throwing 40 strikes in 62 pitches.
"He was outstanding on the mound. One of the stats we keep all the time is first-pitch strikes and we have some good statistics backing up outs on first-pitch strikes," Kessler said. "Our kids bought into that and it showed with Dawson."
The Blue Jays struggled in game 2, however, as starter Max Anderson threw 67 pitches in two frames of work. Mason Walters made his first pitching appearance for Jamestown and went an inning, along with Ethan McKenney.
Jamestown will not have many pitchers available in today's home doubleheader with Dickinson. Tuesday's pitchers Aaron Kleven and Kohl Kratz will not be available to throw due to pitch count, along with Thursday's hurlers Anderson, Walters and Douty.
Kessler said Mimong will throw, along with some of the younger players.
"Isaac will probably pitch for us," Kessler said. "Some of our younger kids will get the opportunity. I'm not going to say who they are yet, but those younger guys will get the opportunity tomorrow."
The doubleheader at Jack Brown Stadium will begin at 4:30 p.m.
High school baseball
Jamestown 14, Minot 1 (5 innings)
MIN 000 01 -- 1 2 5
JAM 480 2X -- 14 15 3
W--Dawson Douty. L--Alex Schimke.
Blue Jay highlights: Dawson Douty 1-1, 2B, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 IP, 0 R, H, BB, K; Chris Erickson 2-2, 2B, 2 R, RBI; Mason Walters 1-1, 2B, R; Tommy Falk 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, Ryder Lunzman 1-4, R; Max Anderson 2-3, R, RBI; Kohl Kratz 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI; Jeremy Williams 1-3, 3B, R.
Minot 14, Jamestown 4 (5 innings)
MIN 409 10 -- 14 11 2
JHS 110 02 -- 4 5 4
W--Dylan Buchanan. L--Max Anderson.
Blue Jay highlights: Tommy Falk 1-3, R; Ryder Lunzman 2-3, 2B; Max Anderson 1-2, RBI; Isaac Mimong 1-1, HR, R, RBI.
Records: Jamestown 4-2 overall, 4-2 WDA. Minot 8-3, 5-3.