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Jays drop two tight ones

Playing shorthanded, Jamestown High School came up just short on the softball diamond in Bismarck. Bismarck High rallied late on its home field in both games of Tuesday's West Region doubleheader, walking off the Blue Jays in the final at-bat of ...

Playing shorthanded, Jamestown High School came up just short on the softball diamond in Bismarck.

Bismarck High rallied late on its home field in both games of Tuesday's West Region doubleheader, walking off the Blue Jays in the final at-bat of both contests 5-4 and 3-2. But Jamestown coach Mike Soulis was impressed with the character the Jays displayed.

Jamestown was without starting all-state centerfielder Mariah Wick and starting first baseman Joey Kleinsasser due to a school commitment. The Blue Jays are, however, currently mired in an eight-game losing streak.

"Yeah, we've lost eight in a row, but we're in games and we've got some young girls who are starting to contribute now and find their way," Soulis said. "It's not because of a lack of effort. We challenged some girls tonight and a lot of them took a step in the right direction.

"We hope that translates to a few wins down the road here."

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Olivia Nihill's two-run homer to left field-her first dinger of the season- tied game 1 at 4-all in the sixth inning. But Bismarck junior Felicity Blair pushed across the winning run with an RBI double in the seventh.

The Blue Jays had their chances. Jamestown loaded the bases without scoring a run in the first two innings, and ended up stranding 12 runners in the game.

"You get a base hit there in either one of those two innings and you've got a pretty comfortable lead and they're playing from behind," Soulis said. "Our pitchers for the most part didn't get themselves into trouble and we made some plays in the field. Unfortunately, we didn't get that clutch hit."

Jamestown also used the long ball to even game 2. Eighth-grader Ella Roaldson drove one to center and out to produce a 1-all score in the top of the second.

Roaldson finished with three hits on the night. Fellow eighth-grader Payton Gall fanned six batters and walked just one in the 3-2 loss.

Jamestown (4-10) will be looking for its luck to turnaround on Friday in Mandan.

"All things considered, the girls that stepped up tonight gave us a chance and next time it maybe goes our way," Soulis said. "Keep playing with confidence."

Bismarck 5, Jamestown 4

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JHS 000 022 0 -- 4 8 1

BHS 020 020 1 -- 5 8 2

Alex Nihill and Sydney Soulis. Lakyn Stork, Breanna Madler and Emma Barta. WP--Madler. LP--A. Nihill. Highlights: J, A. Nihill 6.1 IP, 2 SO, 4 BB, 5 ER; Olivia Nihill 1-2, HR, 2 RBI 2 R; Hannah Schiele 2-4, SB, R; Ella Roaldson 2-4, SB; Chloe Crabtree 2-4, RBI. B, Jamie Barta 2-4, 2B; Felicity Blair 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; E. Barta 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI.

Records: Bismarck 6-5-1, 5-5-1 West Region; Jamestown 4-9, 4-9 West Region.

Bismarck 3, Jamestown 2

JHS 010 100 0 -- 2 3 2

BHS 100 010 1 -- 3 6 2

Payton Gall and Soulis. Emma Steckler and E. Barta. WP--Steckler. LP--Gall. Highlights: J, Gall 6.1 IP, 6 SO, 1 BB; Roaldson 1-3, HR, RBI. B, Steckler 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 SO, 1 BB; Madison Steckler 1-3 3B, R; E. Barta 1-3, RBI.

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Records: Bismarck 7-5-1, 6-5-1 West Region; Jamestown 4-10, 4-10 West Region.

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Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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