Dinger Day: Fischer hits homer to clinch Blue Jay win
The Jamestown High School softball team beat Minot Saturday at Trapper Field
Jenna Fischer made a joke in the top of the seventh inning of game No. 2 Saturday at Trapper Field.
Little did the junior for the Jamestown High School softball team know her joke was prophetic.
The Blue Jays defeated Minot 2-0 in game No. 1 of the team's doubleheader and looked like they were going to cruise to an easy win in the second game. The Jays were up 6-2 entering the seventh but the Majettes weren't going to give up that easily.
"When they came back, I joked to Ella (Roaldson) that we should let them come back so she and I could hit again," Fischer said. "When it happened, I was like, I was joking!"
Fischer may have been joking but her batting average wasn't.
The junior catcher hit a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to secure the 8-6 victory over the Majettes in game No. 2. The pair of wins tie the Blue Jays with Bismarck High at 13-3 in the WDA standings. Overall, Jamestown has notched an 18-5 record.
The Jays are slated to host West Fargo on Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at Trapper Field.
Fischer led the Blue Jays at the plate going 3-for-4 with three homers across the nine-inning tilt. Fischer also drove in four runs. The junior was also behind the plate for the full 16 innings and helped call Katie Falk's 11 and Payton Gall's three strikeouts.
Falk paved the way for Fischer's three-dinger day with a three-run homer of her own in the bottom of the first in game No. 2.
"She was warm -- she had an ice pack on her head in the dugout," JHS head coach Marissa Drenth said of Fischer. "She's a good kid, she puts in all kinds of work. She's level-headed and at the end of the day she believes in herself and in this team and a lot of the time that shows in the plays that you make."
Fischer showcased her steady vibe in the first game where she went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double. R oaldson capitalized on Fischer's hits, scoring both the Blue Jays' runs in the first game.
The duo did it again when it mattered most.
Roaldson started off the ninth inning with a four-pitch walk delivered by Tayler Falcon. Fischer's final homer came on the very next pitch when she unloaded a bullet to left field.
"I have a joke with Rylee (Joseph) that it's either first pitch or no pitch and I am pretty sure that two of those were on the first pitch," Fischer said of her homers. "Honestly I just try and go up there and think good thoughts and not think as hard because otherwise, I get in my head."
Hopefully, Fischer and the rest of the Blue Jay squad can keep negative thoughts out of their minds and the ball out of sight in the upcoming weeks.
"The biggest thing now is to take the good momentum, keep it rolling, when we take a loss -- we can't let it affect us," Drenth said.
A loss is a viable possibility as the Packers are 15-11 and 15-0 in the EDC. The Jays are also slated to match up against WDA leader Dickinson (19-2, 11-1 WDA) on Tuesday.
The Jays went into extra innings with the Packers on April 30 but pulled out the pair 8-5 and 8-7. Dickinson served up a 13-1, 15-1 Blue Jay loss to open the season back on April 6.
"It'll be fun," Fischer said of going up against the two powerhouses. "West Fargo will probably want revenge but I hope we get another two wins from them and Dickinson -- I am really excited for that game."
Jamestown 2, Minot 0
MIN 000 000 X -- 0 3 0
JHS 100 100 X -- 2 8 2
JHS -- Katie Falk; MIN -- Paige Ackerman. W -- Falk, L -- Ackerman
JHS -- Falk (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) 2-3; Jenna Fischer 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Ella Roaldson 3-3, 2B;
MIN -- Aynzue Mosser 1-3; Abby Barnum 1-3, 2B; Reece Rice 1-4.
Records: Jamestown 17-5, 12-3 WDA; Minot 14-9, 9-6.
Jamestown 8, Minot 6
MIN 001 010 400 -- 6 12 1
JHS 311 000 102 -- 8 10 2
JHS -- Payton Gall; MIN -- Tayler Falcon. W -- Gall; L -- Falcon
JHS -- Gall (9 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) 1-4; Fischer 3-4, 3 HR, 4 RBI; Alyssa Gange 1-4, 2B, RBI; Katie Falk 1-3, 3 RBI, HR.
MIN -- Paige Ackerman 2-5, HR, RBI; Reece Rice 2-4; Cierra Erickson 2-5, RBI
Records: Jamestown 18-5, 13-3 WDA; Minot 14-10, 9-7