Sport Shorts: May 8
Three University of Jamestown baseball players were named to the 2019 Great Plains Athletic Conference all-conference team, while a trio also made the second team.
First baseman Drake Pilat, third baseman Jaden Yackley and outfielder Tanner Roundy were all named to the first team, the conference announced on Wednesday. Junior outfield Chase Hacker, junior pitcher Kensaku Akiya and Roundy as a pitcher were named second team.
Jamestown’s honorable mentions were junior outfield Matt Meraz, along with senior pitcher Dakota Nelson and junior Andrew Reed.
Pilat leads the Jimmies with a .363 batting average and .474 on-base percentage. Yackley has a team-best 64 hits, 18 doubles and .524 slugging percentage. Roundy set the single-season record for stolen bases with 34, has a team-best 40 RBIs and is tied for the team leader in runs with Yackley (45).
Hacker is tied for the team lead in home runs with six and 32 RBIs, 15 stolen bases, scored 41 runs and walked 30 times. Akiya is an undefeated 7-0 on the mound with a 3.63 ERA in 12 appearances. Roundy is 3-1 with a 3.54 ERA in 11 appearances.
Meraz is batting .319 with four homers, 33 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. Nelson had a team-low 3.34 ERA in 12 starts with 67 1/3 innings pitched. Reed has a 1.88 ERA out of the bullpen in 20 appearances.
The Jimmies, winners of the GPAC championship on Tuesday, will find out today where they’ll be headed to begin the NAIA Opening Round of the national tournament.Four Jimmies earn all-conference honors
Mikayla Frost was named to the GPAC all-conference first team, while Meghan Ramage and Allie McCain were on the second team. Morgan Geiszler also earned an honorable mention.
Frost, a junior with her third straight first-team honors, led the Jimmies with a .418 batting average and stole 10 bases.
Ramage, a senior making her second straight all-conference appearance, hit .322, with 48 hits and 32 RBIs. McCain, a senior, hit .331 with 57 hits.
Geiszler, a sophomore, led Jamestown with 59 hits, 15 doubles, 37 RBIs and 34 runs scored, while batting .337.
The Jimmies finished the season 31-20 and advanced to the best-of-three GPAC championship but lost to Morningside (Iowa) College by scores of 13-0 (5 innings), 5-7 and 3-1.Optimist Club weekly athletes
Payton Rudnick, Gavin Haut, Katie Merchant and Austin Pesicka were named Optimist Club athletes of the week.
Rudnick, a senior on Jamestown High School’s soccer team, has scored five goals over the Blue Jays’ last three contests. Haut, a sophomore on the Blue Jay boys track and field team, set a personal record in the 3,200 meter (9 minutes, 37.83 seconds) and the 1,600 (4:27.51).
Merchant, a freshman on the Jimmie softball team from South Haven, Minn., pitched in seven games, threw a total of 33 1/3 innings, while pitching to victories over Northwestern (Iowa) College, Dordt College, Midland University and Morningside College as the Jimmies were GPAC tournament runner-ups. Pesicka, a junior on the UJ baseball team from West Linn, Ore., recorded a win and save during 5 1/3 innings of work during the GPAC tournament, while allowing two runs on two hits.