Jimmies softball struggles against Northern State, Valley City

The Jimmies had four errors in the two games combined.

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The Jimmies' Gentrey Turin (left) watches a ball fly while working with Megan Neiles (right) during practice on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Larson Sport Center.
John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

ABERDEEN, S.D. — The University of Jamestown softball team opened their season with a game against Northern State University and they started fast but couldn’t keep it up in an 8-5 loss on Friday, Feb. 10, at the Presentation College Dome.

The Jimmies took a 5-2 lead into the third inning but a three-run third tied the game up at five. The Wolves (2-0) pushed the lead out further from there adding two in the fourth and one in the seventh to get the win.

NSU 8, UJ 5

NSU: 0 2 3 2 0 0 1–8 15 2

UJ: 2 3 0 0 0 0 0–5 8 2


WP: Lexi Chase (1-0) LP: Sunny Halsey (0-1)

Scoring plays:

First inning:

UJ: Gentrey Turin reaches on an error by 2B Claire Zyblut, Samarah Martinez scores, unearned

UJ: Ally Battistoni single, Turin scores, unearned

Second inning:

NSU: Tevan Bryant 2 RBI double, Elly Smith, Avarie Eagle score

UJ: Abby Blair RBI BB, Turin scores


UJ: Sydney Grendler 2 RBI single, Battistoni, Maddie Spaeth score

Third inning:

NSU: Kyra Knutdson RBI double, Kamdyn Barrientos scores

NSU: Eagle RBI double, Knudtson scores

NSU: Smith RBI single, Eagle scores

Fourth inning:

NSU: Barrientos RBI single, Ashley Fauske scores

NSU: Liv Richardson RBI groundout, Zyblut scores


Seventh inning:

NSU: Lexi Chase RBI double, Fauske scores

Jimmies lose to Valley City State

The Jimmies returned to the diamond and their comeback attempt came up short in a 10-6 loss to rivals Valley City State University.

The Vikings (3-3) got out to a 5-0 lead before the Jimmies (0-2) could respond with one in the third to cut the deficit to 5-1. The Vikings added three more in the top of the fourth and two more in the top of the fifth to take a 10-1 lead. The Jimmies scored three in the bottom of the fifth and one run a piece in the sixth and seventh but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.

The Jimmies return to the diamond at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, when they face MSU-Moorhead.

VCSU 10, UJ 6

VCSU: 0 1 4 3 2 0 0–10 11 0


UJ: 0 0 1 0 3 1 1–6 9 2

WP: Joelle Lamontagne (3-0) LP: Abby Blair (0-1)

Scoring plays:

Second inning: VCSU: Maddy Zander RBI double, Alyssa DePoorter advances to third, scores on an error by LF Angie Chin

Third inning:

VCSU: DePoorter 2 RBI single, Sierra Crocker, Ashlynne Copinga score

VCSU: Makenzee Stone RBI single, Marissa Hawkins scores

VCSU: Zander RBI double, DePoorter scores


UJ: Samarah Martinez RBI double, Chin scores

Fourth inning:

VCSU: Riley Perryman RBI double, Copinga scores

VCSU: DePoorter RBI double, Crocker scores

VCSU: Saige Forseth RBI BB, Perryman scores

Fifth inning:

VCSU: Crocker RBI double, Copinga scores

VCSU: Hawkins RBI single, Andrea Rodriguez scores


UJ: Gentrey Turin RBI double, Martinez, Ally Battistoni score

UJ: Maddie Spaeth sacrifice fly, Turin scores

Sixth inning:

UJ: Camryn Schwab solo HR

Seventh inning:

UJ: Kylie Yanzuk RBI single, Sonya Rodgers scores

My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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