Jimmies season ends with GPAC tourney losses to Morningside, Dordt
The Jimmies had more errors (6) than runs (2) in the two games.
FREMONT, NEB — The University of Jamestown drove just under seven hours south to take on Morningside University in the first game of the GPAC tournament on Wednesday, May 4. The Jimmies were unable to overcome a poor fourth inning in a 4-1 loss to the Mustangs.
The Mustangs’ Morgan Nixon led off the fourth with a double and moved to third when Breanna Tjebben hit a ball through the left side that just squeaked under the glove of shortstop Gentrey Turin. Two batters later, Mackenna Sidzyik bunted straight to the pitcher Kat Miska whose throw home was not in time to get Nixon and catcher Megan Neiles threw the ball to second attempting to get Sidzyik in a rundown allowing Tjebben to score and put the Mustangs out in front 2-0. Later in the inning, Sidzyik came home on a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.
The Jimmies would cut into the lead in the top of the fifth when they loaded the bases for Turin who grounded out to shortstop Lexie Stolen who threw it to third to get Lauren Diemert out at third, while Steph Cota scored to cut the deficit to 3-1. The Mustangs would add an insurance run in the sixth to take a 4-1 lead.
Jimmies errors comeback to bite them in loss
The Jimmies (23-24-1) lackluster defense came back to bite them in a season-ending 3-1 loss to Dordt University. The Jimmies left seven runners on base in this game.
“We just couldn’t get any wind in our sails after that,” Jimmies head coach Kevin Gall said. “We were getting good pitches but we were fouling them off, fouling them off. We missed a couple chances down the line that were just foul. We just gotta get her done and we didn’t. So, we’re coming home tomorrow.”
The Defenders (21-20-1) opened the scoring in the third inning when Kenzie Cunard hit a single to set up first and third with one out in the third inning. In the next at bat, Cunard took off for second, drawing a throw from Neiles that sailed into the outfield with nobody covering second, allowing Ella Koster to score and make it 1-0. Later in the inning, the Defenders’ Brooklyn Van Oort singled up the middle to score Cunard and stretch the lead to 2-0.
The Defenders added on in the fourth when they executed a double steal, allowing Hailey Wilken to take second and Emma Groen to score to push the lead out to 3-0.
The Jimmies cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Katie Merchant hit a single down the right-field line to score Santina Zito and cut the deficit to 3-1.
Gall said his message to his team after the game was very simple.
“You keep it positive and you tell them ‘thanks for all the memories and thanks for all the work and their Jimmie pride,” Gall said. “Just tell them, ‘you love them and it will be ok.’ There is no point in belaboring the point that we got beat. The sense is that you can say we played well enough to win but we didn’t, that’s just the facts.”
UJ 1, MU 4
UJ: 0 0 0 0 1 0 0–1 8 3
MU: 0 0 0 3 0 1 X–4 3 0
MU: Mackenna Sidzyik reaches on a fielder’s choice, Breanna Tjebben scores on the throw, unearned, Morgan Nixon scores
MU: Kennedee Jones sacrifice fly, Sidzyik scores
UJ: Gentrey Turin reaches on a fielder’s choice, Steph Cota scores
MU: Jones reaches first on an error by Cota, Sydney Struve scores
WP: Grace Buffington (16-5) LP: Kat Miska (12-9)
DU 3, UJ 1
DU: 0 0 2 1 0 0 0–3 5 0
UJ: 0 0 0 1 0 0 0–1 7 3
DU: Kenzie Cunard steals second, Ella Koster scores on an error by Neiles, unearned
DU: Brooklyn Van Oort RBI single, Cunard scores
DU: Emma Groen steals home
UJ: Katie Merchant RBI single, Santina Zito scores
WP: Abby Kraemer (16-10) LP: Katie Merchant (7-11)