Blue Jays offense shows out in sweep against Bismarck St. Mary's
The Blue Jays combined to score 22 runs on 23 hits
Jamestown — In the first game of a double header, the Jamestown High School Blue Jays scored seven runs in the fifth inning to mercy rule Bismarck St. Mary’s 10-0 on Tuesday, May 17 at Jack Brown Stadium.
The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the second inning when the Blue Jays’ Carson Orr lined a pitch into the gap in left center and advanced to second when the left fielder Conrad Kalberer couldn't field the ball. Two batters later, Reagan Sortland hit a bloop single to right to score Orr and put his team up 1-0.
The Blue Jays added to the lead in the third when Jackson Walters roped a double to left to score Michael Mahoney from first to make it 2-0. Later in the inning, Peyton Hochalter helped his own case with a single to score Walters and push the lead out to 3-0.
The Saints loaded the bases in the top of the fourth with one out but one mound visit later and Hochalter was able to work out of trouble with no runs crossing the plate.
“I was just trying to break up the momentum, that’s all,” Blue Jays head coach Jack Bowman said. “I didn’t say anything different, he didn’t want me to come out. I said ‘I’m just out here to change the momentum, that’s all. I don’t need anything from you.’ He’s a good pitcher and he was able to work his way out of it.”
The Blue Jays broke the game open in the fifth when Connor Hoyt led off the inning with a single. Later in the inning, Walters singled to load the bases. Hochalter continued to help his case in the fifth when he hit a single to left to score Hoyt and Mahoney and stretch the lead out to 5-0. The next hitter was Gage Orr who lined a single to left to score Walters and make it a 6-0 game.
The flood gates continued to open as Preston Gall hit a double that was just fair to score Hochalter and push the lead out to 7-0. Sortland put the game on the brink with an RBI single to score Carson Orr and Gall to make it 9-0. Hoyt finished the game off with an RBI single down the right field line to score Sortland and give the Blue Jays a 10-0 win.
Hochalter said his ability to get on base helped his confidence when he went back on the mound.
Blue Jays continue offensive explosion in game 2
The Blue Jays offense continued to explode in the second game with a six run sixth being the difference in a 12-4 win over the Saints.
After the teams traded the lead through the first five innings with the Saints (9-17) opening the scoring, the Blue Jays’ (9-7) Hochalter worked a bases loaded walk to score Hoyt and stretch the lead out to 7-3.
The Blue Jays’ Carson Orr kept it going with a single through the left side, allowing Walters and Hochalter to score and stretch the lead out to 9-3. Gall lined a double down the right field line to add two more and push the lead out to 10-3. The Blue Jays would add two more in the inning to send it to the seventh with the lead at 12-3.
“They trust me when getting up onto the plate and putting some balls in play,” Walters said. “That’s what the goal was, it was all the team today. We had a really good team game.”
The Blue Jays came into these two games off the back of getting swept by Williston, which Hochalter said makes these two wins feel sweeter.
“It feels really good,” Hochalter said. “We’ve been struggling a lit bit here but we let the defense work and our bats were pretty good. So, it felt really amazing to finally break the losing streak.”
The Blue Jays are back in action at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, when they go to West Fargo Sheyenne.
BSM 0, JHS 10
BSM: 0 0 0 0 0 0—0 3 2
JHS: 0 1 2 0 0 7—10 12 0
JHS: Reagan Sortland RBI single, Carson Orr scores
JHS: Jackson Walters RBI double, Michael Mahoney scores
JHS: Peyton Hochalter RBI single, Walters scores
JHS: Hochalter 2 RBI single, Connor Hoyt, Mahoney score
JHS: Gage Orr RBI single, Walters scores
JHS: Preston Gall RBI double, Hochalter scores
JHS: Sortland 2 RBI single, Orr, Gall score
JHS: Hoyt RBI single, Orr scores
BSM 4, JHS 12
BSM: 2 1 0 0 0 0 1–4 5 2
JHS: 1 3 0 2 0 6 X–12 11 3
BSM: Preston Bartsch RBI groundout, Matt Porter scores
BSM: Benjamin Zenker RBI single, Kralich scores
JHS: Walters RBI single, Mahoney scores
BSM: Porter RBI groundout, Zenker scores
JHS: Mahoney bases loaded walk, Sortland scores
JHS: Walters sacrifice fly, Orr scores
JHS: Hochalter RBI single, Mahoney scores
JHS: Walters 2 RBI triple, Hoyt, Mahoney score
JHS: Hochalter bases loaded walk, Hoyt scores
JHS: Gall 2 RBI double, Orr, Hochalter score
JHS: Kasen Howell RBI double, Gall scores
BSM: Bartsch RBI groundout, Connor Schatz scores