Jimmies return home with DH split against Saint Mary Flames
The Jimmies are now 10-1 all time vs. the Flames.
After the College of Saint Mary opened up the game looking like they would chase Kat Miska early, the Jimmies responded and Miska settled down, getting her 24th career complete game. That was enough to see the Jimmies get a 5-3 win in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 2 at Lawrence Field.
The Flames opened up the game on fire, with a four-pitch walk, setting up Emma Hofmaier to double home Izzy Monzon to make it 1-0 before Maddie Nekola made it 3-0 with a blast over the left-field fence.
After the first inning, Miska said she was able to get back into the game thanks to the support of her teammate, Molly Haley.
“I was pretty riled up, not gonna lie, but Molly Haley, she’s a sophomore, I walked up to her and I was like ‘tell me what to do, get my head back in this.’ She just looks at me calmly and she was like ‘you’ve got this, you can do it.’ So right then and there is how I got back in it, mindset-wise,” Miska said.
The Jimmies responded in the bottom of the first with Ally Battistoni hitting a single before an error moved her over and she was brought home on on a ground out by Katie Merchant to make it 3-1. Later, The Jimmies’ Gracie Fisher hit a single through the left side to bring the game to within one run at 3-2.
The Jimmies’ Katie Reisdorfer crushed a ball over the left-center field fence and stomped on home plate as she tied the game up at 3 in the fourth inning. Battistoni was brought home again thanks to a Merchant ground out, giving the Jimmies the 4-3 lead. The Jimmies’ Megan Neiles put the game away with a double to make it 5-3 in the fifth inning.
“It’s very big because we’ve kind of been struggling on the offensive side,” Miska said. “So to see that from them is really awesome to see, coming from already being down in the first inning to battle back like that it was pretty cool.”
Jimmies can’t find big hit in game two loss
The story of the second game was missed opportunities for the Jimmies, and the inability to mount another comeback in a 6-4 loss to the Flames.
In the second game, the Jimmies (16-14, 3-3) went 3-for-20 with runners on base and 3-for-18 with runners in scoring position. On the other side, the Flames (7-15, 3-1) went 5-for-13 and 1-for-9 in the same situations.
The Flames opened the scoring in the top of the second when Macy Homes sent one over the left-center field fence to put her team out to a 2-0 lead. Nekola smashed a ball off a car sitting past the left-center field fence to push her team out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Battistoni hit a double off the wall, easily scoring LaLa Romero to cut the deficit to 4-1.
Homes hit her second homer of the day to push her team's lead out to 5-1, before a Monzon RBI single made it 6-1.
The Jimmies would attempt to fight back in the bottom of the sixth as two doubles and a sacrifice fly made it 6-2. Later in the inning, the Jimmies loaded the bases for Romero, who hit a grounder right between pitcher Emma Schnell’s legs, allowing Steph Cota and Neiles to score, cutting the deficit to 6-4.
The Jimmies return to the diamond at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 8, when they go to Concordia. The Flames are back in action at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 4, when they go to Concordia.
“I believe in what we’re doing,” Jimmies head coach Kevin Gall said. “I believe in the girls, it’s just a matter of doing it. We talk about it all the time, we have to get comfortable in the box and put good swings on it. We have capable girls, we just aren’t putting enough pressure on them, they’re making easy outs, we’re giving them easy outs.”
CSM 3, UJ 5
CSM: 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 2
UJ: 2 0 0 1 1 0 X 5 7 0
CSM: Emma Hofmaier RBI double, Izzy Monzon scores
CSM: Maddie Nekola 2 RBI home run, Hofmaier scores
UJ: Katie Merchant RBI groundout, Ally Battistoni scores unearned
UJ: Gracie Fisher single, Santina Zito scores unearned
UJ: Katie Reisdorfer solo HR
UJ: Katie Merchant RBI groundout, Battistoni scores unearned
UJ: Megan Neiles RBI double, Zito scores
WP: Kat Miska (9-3) LP: Emma Schnell (5-7)
CSM 6, UJ 4
CSM: 0 2 2 0 0 2 0— 6 12 4
UJ: 0 0 1 0 0 3 0— 4 8 1
CSM: Macy Homes 2 RBI home run, Rylee Scholl scores
CSM: Nekola 2 RBI HR, Hofmaier scores
UJ: Battistoni RBI double, Romero scores
CSM: Homes solo HR
CSM: Monzon RBI single, McKenzie Chappell scores
UJ: Gracie Fisher sacrifice fly, Sidnie Aasen scores
UJ: LaLa Romero reaches on an error, Cota, Neiles score unearned
WP: Megan Garcia (2-8) LP: Katie Merchant (5-6)