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Blue Jays sweep Braves

The Blue Jay softball team snapped out of its current funk in a big way on Friday in Mandan. Jamestown banged out 26 hits and pushed 30 runs across the plate in sweeping the Braves 15-2 and 15-3. The pair of West Region victories broke up an eigh...

The Blue Jay softball team snapped out of its current funk in a big way on Friday in Mandan.

Jamestown banged out 26 hits and pushed 30 runs across the plate in sweeping the Braves 15-2 and 15-3. The pair of West Region victories broke up an eight-game losing streak by the Jays.

"We talked this week about getting those clutch hits when we have runners in scoring position," Jamestown coach Mike Soulis said. "We were patient at the plate and more selective, but at the same time we were aggressive on the pitches we wanted to hit."

Jamestown scored in every inning but the second in both contests. Tied at 2-all in the top of the third in game 1, Hannah Schiele reached on an error and later scored on an error to plate the go-ahead score.

Jamestown drew eight walks in the opener, while starter Alex Nihill struck out two and walked two through six innings.

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The blue birds hung a four on the board in the top of the first in game 2. Joey Kleinsasser started it with an RBI single, and Sydney Soulis cleaned it up with an RBI double to center.

Payton Gall earned the win in the circle for Jamestown. She posted three strikeouts and walked four batters.

Soulis and Olivia Nihill each posted five of Jamestown's 26 hits. Jamestown improved to 6-10 overall, while Mandan dropped to 1-13.

"To keep pace with the rest of the (West Region), we had to have these two wins," coach Soulis said. "We're getting better as the year goes."

The Blue Jays travel to Belcourt on Tuesday for a doubleheader with Turtle Mountain Community High School. The Bravettes had just one win entering Friday.

"We picked up these two wins, and we'll travel to Belcourt on Tuesday and hopefully get two more and get on a roll," Soulis said. "We can still get better, but we are heading in the right direction."

Jamestown 15, Mandan 2

JHS 202 425 -- 15 11 0

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MHS 020 000 -- 2 5 5

Alex Nihill and Sydney Soulis. Sierra Butler and Sydney Gustavsson. WP--Nihill. LP--Butler. Highlights: J, Nihill 6 IP, 2 SO, 2 BB, 2 ER; Mariah Wick 1-3, 2 BB, 3 SB, 3 R; Hannah Schiele 2-4, 3 SB, 3 RBI; Olivia Nihill 3-4, 2B, 2 R; Soulis 2-5, RBI; Molly Fritz 1-2, 3 R.

Records: Jamestown 5-10; Mandan 1-12.

Jamestown 15, Mandan 3

JHS 402 221 5 -- 15 15 3

MHS 010 101 0 -- 3 6 2

Payton Gall and Sydney Soulis. Elizabeth Leingang, Lakyn Darras (5) and Rylee Stotz. WP--Gall. LP--Leingang. Highlights: J, Gall 7 IP, 3 SO, 4 BB, 2 ER; Wick 2-4, 2B, 2 BB, 3 SB, 3 R; O. Nihill 2-5, 2B, RBI; Soulis 3-3, 2B, 2 BB, RBI; Ella Roaldson 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI.

Records: Jamestown 6-10; Mandan 1-13.

Related Topics: SOFTBALLJAYS
Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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