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Jimmies split season-opening double header at Dickinson

The Jimmies are 1-1 after their first two games for the fifth consecutive season.

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Jimmies head coach Tom Hager speaks to his team during practice at the Al Boelke Fields on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022.
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DICKINSON — The University of Jamestown did not have to worry about a slow start to the 2022 season as they put up a run two batters into the first inning and never looked back from there winning 5-3 over Dickinson State University on Friday, Sept. 16, at Astoria Field.

It didn’t take long for the Jimmies to get some momentum as Chase Burke lined the first pitch of the game into the left field gap for a triple. The next batter hit a sacrifice fly into left-center to score Burke and give the Jimmies the 1-0 lead.

“Chase Burke is going to do some special things for us this year and he got the season off to a bang,” Jimmies head coach Tom Hager said. “It was fun to see him put that ball in play and un the bases and it was a great way to get the season started.”

The Jimmies newcomers continued to make an impact as Alex Tolbert led off the top of the second and smashed a ball over the wall in the left field to push the Jimmies' lead out to 2-0. Later in the inning, the Jimmies’ Kendall Yackley hit a bomb of his own to make it 4-0.

The Blue Hawks got on the board when Richie Cortese lined a shot over the wall in center to make it 4-1. That was the start of Jimmies starter Trei Hough’s troubles as he proceeded to give up three more hits and a walk to cut the Jimmies lead to 4-2. The Jimmies gave the ball to Tanner Boe who gave up a bases-loaded walk to cut the lead to 4-3. Boe would retire the next six Blue Hawks hitters in a row before being relieved for Ethan Krupp. In total, the Jimmies hurlers would retire eight Blue Hawks in a row before a six-pitch walk to lead off the bottom of the sixth ended the streak.

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Jimmies fall in game two:

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Jimmies could not overcome a tough top of the fifth inning to lose 5-1 to the Blue Hawks.

“We got an outstanding start by Payson Mills, he was really, really good tonight, unfortunately, we couldn’t help him out a whole lot, we didn’t score enough early,” Hager said. “We had some at-bats that I think we wish we could do over, give them credit, they pitched really well. So, we made a mistake with the bases loaded and certainly they capitalized, you have to give Dickinson a lot of credit for how they played in game two.”

The Jimmies (1-1) had a chance early as Julian Sansores found his way to third in the bottom of the second with two outs but Jordan Singleton would line out to end the threat. The Jimmies had a big top of the fifth when they worked the bases loaded for Burke who was facing a 1-2 count when the pitcher, Cortese unfurled one to the backstop allowing Alva to score and push the Jimmies out in front 1-0.

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The Jimmies had 19 players make an appearance in the win.

It wouldn’t take long for the Blue Hawks to respond as they loaded the bases for Clay Prell who promptly unloaded them with a double to left to give his team a 3-1 lead. The Blue Hawks (1-2) added on in the bottom of the sixth when Derrick Calvillo hit a homer to right to push the lead out to 4-1. The Blue Hawks would add one more in the inning to take a 5-1 lead.

The Jimmies are back in action at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, when they go to Valley City State University.

UJ 5, DSU 3

UJ: 1 3 0 0 1 0–5 5 1

DSU: 0 0 3 0 0 0–3 6 3

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WP: Tanner Boe (1-0) LP: Brannan Hogan (0-1)

UJ 1, DSU 5

UJ: 0 0 0 0 1 0 0–1 3 0

DSU: 0 0 0 0 3 2 X–5 5 0

WP: Kobe Krenz (1-0) LP: Payson Mills (0-1)

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