Jimmies offense disappears in DH split vs. Doane
The Jimmies had five errors in the two games.
Despite a lengthy weather delay, the University of Jamestown’s work before the delay proved to be enough to get a 3-1 win over Doane University in the first game of a double header on Saturday, April 23.
It didn’t take very long for the Jimmies to open the scoring as Ally Batistoni led off the bottom of the first with a walk before being moved over on a sacrifice bunt by LaLa Romero. The next batter was Megan Neiles who singled home Battistoni to go up 1-0. Two batters later, Katie Reisdorfer singled home Neiles to make it 2-0. After the inning ended, the game went into a half an hour delay due to lightning in the area.
The Tigers cut into the lead in the top of the second as Jayden Young dropped a single just over the head of the second baseman Battistoni’s head, allowing Jaydn Hunt to score and cut the deficit to 2-1.
Jimmies head coach Kevin Gall said he was happy with how his team responded after the delay.
“Well everybody stayed loose and did what they were supposed to, in order to continue to play the way we wanted to,” Gall said. “Those are things you can’t control and I think we dealt with it like it should. We didn’t really miss a beat.”
The Jimmies stretched the lead out when Steph Cota singled up the middle to score Jayda Neiles and make it 3-1 in the fourth inning.
Jimmies offense struggles in game two loss
The Jimmies offense struggled in the second game as they only collected three hits in a 5-1 loss to the Tigers in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
The Tigers (10-25, 4-14) opened the game up looking to end their losing streak as Alicia Vint got the Jimmies (19-21, 6-10) right fielder, Skylar Thorpe, turned around, dropping down for a double. The next batter was Haley Kennedy who reached on a bunt single before taking off for second and getting caught in a rundown, with the catcher, Reisdorfer, throwing the ball into center field, allowing Vint to score and go up 1-0.
The Tigers added another two in the top of the second on an Angelina Esqueda single right up the middle and Payton Cooley scored on an error by Reisdorfer to make it 3-0.
The Tigers got another one in the third on an Anna Prauner sacrifice fly to score Haley Kennedy to push the lead out to 4-0.
The Jimmies collected their first hit of the game on a Jayda Neiles double in the fourth inning. The wind picked up as the game went along and it benefited the Tigers in the fifth as Prauner doubled past a turned around Romero to score Shelby Downard to push the lead out to 5-0. The Jimmies were down to their last out and broke through on a long single from Gentry Turin to score Cota and cut the deficit to 5-1.
Gall spoke about how he feels his team’s youth is leading his team to playing more robotic and less free than they should be.
“Well, experience I guess,” Gall said. “Maybe it’s that we’re somewhat of a young team but we’re not making plays. Like (Katie) Merchant, she should’ve been through three innings without a run scored but we kept dropping pop flies and the ball would hop over the infielder’s head. It’s just like we gotta make plays and we are not making plays and it’s frustrating but we’re doing the best we can.”
The Jimmies are back in action at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, when they face Mount Marty. The Tigers return to the diamond at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, when they take on Midland.
DU 1, UJ 3
DU: 0 1 0 0 0 0 0–-1 3 0
UJ: 2 0 0 1 0 0 X—3 6 2
UJ: Megan Neiles RBI single, Ally Battistoni scores
UJ: Katie Reisdorfer RBI single, M. Neiles scores
DU: Jayden Young singles, Jaydn Hunt scores, unearned
UJ: Steph Cota RBI single, Jayda Neiles scores
WP: Katie Miska (10-7), LP: Emily Haines (3-12)
DU 5, UJ 1
DU: 1 2 1 0 1 0 0–5 12 0
UJ: 0 0 0 0 0 0 1–1 3 3
DU: Alicia Vint scores on an error by second baseman Battistoni
DU: Angelina Esqueda RBI single, Young scores
DU: Payton Cooley scores on an error by catcher, Reisdorfer
DU: Prauner sacrifice fly, Haley Kennedy scores
DU: Prauner double, Shelby Downard scores, unearned
UJ: Gentry Turin RBI single, Cota scores
WP: Shelby Downard (5-13) LP: Katie Merchant (6-10)