Jimmies survive to get 13-10 win over Dickinson State
The Blue Hawks finished the game 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
JAMESTOWN — For the first time in the 2022-23 season the University of Jamestown had to fight. Through the first two innings though it looked like the Jimmies would coast but Dickinson State had other ideas forcing the Jimmies to use eight pitchers to get a 13-10 win on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Jack Brown Stadium.
“A game like this teaches a lot because you just have to find ways to win, you use guys in various situations and we had a lot of guys come up big,” Jimmies head coach Tom Hager said. “Kendall Yackley came up big to get that save but we had a lot of guys that came up big all game.”
The Jimmies took the lead when Trent Peters hit a ball into the ivy in right-center to score Chase Burke and make it 1-0 in the bottom of the first. The Jimmies added on when Kendall Yackley took a ball off the leg with the bases loaded to make it 2-0. The Jimmies continued to add on putting up another four runs in the inning to take a 6-0 lead.
The Jimmies were not satisfied with the six-run lead as they put five runs up in the bottom of the second, punctuated by a Triston Madison two-run home-run off the flag pole which made it 10-0.
The Jimmies starter Connor Nipp worked his way through the first two innings giving up two hits, one walk, and one strikeout before running into trouble in the third inning.
After the Blue Hawks got a pass hit to lead off the top of the third, Jacob Clinton hit a line drive over the wall in right to cut the deficit to 11-2. Later in the frame, the Blue Hawks climbed closer thanks to a sacrifice fly to make it 11-3.
The Blue Hawks made it a game again in the top of the fourth when Clinton doubled down the right field line to score Kobe Krenz and make it an 11-4 game. Two batters later, the Blue Hawks’ Dawson Cortese got a hold of one and cut the deficit to 11-7.
After the Jimmies stretched the lead out to 12-7 on a wild pitch, the Blue Hawks hit a sacrifice fly and got a passed ball to bring it closer to 12-9.
The scoring barrage was not over though as the Jimmies’ Alex Tolbert came in to pinch hit in the seventh and crushed a ball over the wall in center to stretch the lead out to 13-9.
“I saw three sliders and then I saw a fastball,” Tolbert said. “The fastball was finally something I could handle and I put a swing on it.”
The Blue Hawks tried to mount a late comeback getting first and second with nobody out but Yackley came on and closed the door, striking out the first two hitters before getting a groundout to close the game out.
“(My) slider was working well today,” Yackley said. “It was feeling good in the pen. (My) arm was feeling good so at that point it’s just trusting it, letting the ball do the work.”
The Jimmies are back in action at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, when they host Valley City State University.
DSU 10, UJ 13
DSU: 0 0 3 4 0 0 2 1 0 —10 13 1
UJ: 6 5 0 0 0 1 1 0 X–13 11 2
WP: Luke Zimmer (2-0) LP: Moses Dokes (0-1) SV: Kendall Yackley (1)
UJ: Trent Peters RBI single, Chase Burke scores
UJ: Kendall Yackley RBI hit by pitch, Xander Orejudos scores
UJ: Triston Madison 2 RBI double, Jordan Singleton, Peters score
UJ: Hayden Brown 2 RBI double, Alex Alva, Yackley score
UJ: Singleton RBI double, Orejudos scores
UJ: Yackley RBI single, Singleton scores
UJ: Madison 2 RBI HR, Yackley scores
UJ: Payton Smith RBI double, Brown scores
DSU: Jacob Clinton 2 RBI HR, Carlos Molina Jr scores
DSU: Robert Encinas sacrifice fly, Richie Cortes scores, unearned
DSU: Clinton RBI double, Kobe Krenz scores
DSU: Dawson Cortese 3 RBI HR, Clinton, Molina Jr score
UJ: Alex Alva scores on a wild pitch
DSU: Clay Prell RBI sacrifice fly, Clinton scores
DSU: Cortese scores on a wild pitch, unearned
UJ: Alex Tolbert solo HR
DSU: Cortese RBI sacrifice fly, Clinton scores