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Minot sweeps JHS at Trapper Field

Thursday's softball doubleheader at Trapper Field didn't go the way Jamestown High School had hoped. The Blue Jays were swept by visiting Minot, a team they beat three times last year in the regular season, by the scores of 4-2 and 11-5. But that...

Jamestown's Olivia Nihill (left) celebrates a run scored on Thursday, while sister Alex Nihill (right) looks on. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Jamestown's Olivia Nihill (left) celebrates a run scored on Thursday, while sister Alex Nihill (right) looks on. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Thursday's softball doubleheader at Trapper Field didn't go the way Jamestown High School had hoped.

The Blue Jays were swept by visiting Minot, a team they beat three times last year in the regular season, by the scores of 4-2 and 11-5. But that doesn't mean coach Mike Soulis and the Jays have lost any optimism.

Minot has gotten off to a hot 3-1 start, also earning a split against defending West Region champion Dickinson.

"That first game could have went either way, and the second game we spot them five runs in the first inning," Soulis said. "But we're going to get our learning stuff figured out. I don't want to say we let two get away tonight, but we could have easily swept ourselves."

Freshman pitcher Alex Nihill and the Blue Jays were cruising early, leading 2-0 after four innings in game 1. But the Majettes finished the contest with four unanswered runs in the final three frames, highlighted by a game-tying RBI double from freshman Jenna Andrysiak with no outs in the sixth.

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The Blue Jays nearly rallied in the bottom half of the seventh, but junior pitcher Marisa Andrysiak stepped up to strike out Jamestown's Hannah Schiele with the bases loaded to end the game.

"Softball is a game of momentum and we came up just a little short," Soulis said. "We're right there. Hannah has been swinging the bat well, and I'll take my chances with her at the plate.

"It unfortunately didn't go our way this time, but we'll get it next time."

The Blue Jays got off to a rough start in the second game and couldn't recover, allowing five Majettes to cross the plate in the first inning. Eighth-grader Peyton Gall shouldered the loss in the circle for the Jays.

"Payton threw great after that first inning," Soulis said. "That's just something she's got to learn to get through, and Alex too. But I'm excited about those girls yet this year and the future ahead of them and the team."

Senior first baseman Joey Kleinsasser was a tough out on Thursday for the Blue Jays. She went 4-for-7 with a pair of doubles and two RBI.

Jamestown's Molly Fritz, Chloe Crabtree and Olivia Nihill all posted three hits on the night. Fritz also collected a pair of doubles and scored twice.

"We'll regroup and see what we can do when we go up there and play Minot again," Soulis said.

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Jamestown (4-4) travels to face Bismarck Century on Tuesday.

Minot 4, Jamestown 2

MHS 000 012 1 -- 4 11 0

JHS 001 100 0 -- 2 9 0

Marisa Andrysiak and Jaycie Rostad. Alex Nihill, Payton Gall (6) and Sydney Soulis. WP--Andrysiak. LP--Nihill. Highlights: MHS, Andrysiak 7 IP, 4 SO, 2BB, 3-4, 2B, RBI, run; Riley Irmen 2-4; Jenna Andrysiak 2-4, 2B. JHS, Nihill 5 IP, 2 SO 1 BB; Joey Kleinsasser 2-3, 2 2B, RBI; Molly Fritz 2-2, 2B, BB, SB, run.

Records: Minot 2-1; 2-1 West Region; Jamestown 4-3, 4-3 West Region.

Minot 11, Jamestown 5

MHS 500 002 4 -- 11 9 2

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JHS 000 212 0 -- 5 10 10

J. Andrysiak and Rostad. Gall, Olivia Nihill (7) and Soulis. WP--J. Andrysiak. LP--Gall. Highlights: MHS, J. Andrysiak 7 IP, 4 ER, 2 SO, 5 BB; Rylee Terrel 2-4, 2 RBI; M. Andrysiak 2-5, RBI; Irmen 2-5, RBI. JHS, Gall 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 3 SO, 2 BB; O. Nihill 2-3, 2 RBI, run; Kleinsasser 2-4, RBI; Soulis 1-3, RBI; Ella Roaldson 1-4, 2B; Chloe Crabtree 2-2, 2 BB, RBI; Fritz 1-3, run.

Records: Minot 3-1, 3-1 West Region; Jamestown 4-4, 4-4 West Region.

Related Topics: SOFTBALLJAYS
Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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