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JHS softball ends road trip 4-0

Jamestown High School softball’s offense continued to mash through Northwest North Dakota on Saturday, April 13.

The Blue Jays combined for 40 runs and 32 hits -- along with 17 Williston errors -- as they defeated the Coyotes 26-5 (5 innings) and 14-4 (6 innings) during a doubleheader at Western Star Complex in Williston.

Jamestown improved to 5-1 on the season, while ending the two-day, four-game road trip with 83 runs and 66 hits. Williston dropped to 0-4 on the young season.

“We came out today, had a good warmup and started fast,” said Blue Jay coach Marissa Drenth. “It would’ve been better to start fast in the second game, but credit to Williston for competing. We have to clean up the little things now.”

Drenth used the weekend contests to put her players in different positions. The first-year coach moved freshman Jenna Fischer from catcher to shortstop in game 2 and sophomore Addi Douty started at second base for the third time.

Sophomore Ella Roaldson has shifted to shortstop from first base a few times during early-season play and eighth-grader Katie Falk has played four different positions.

“You get a chance to put players in different situations. I thought the girls did a good job responding and didn’t play sloppy,” Drenth said. “We took out our catcher and put her at shortstop and we put three subs in and they did a good job. You just take away what they did well in general.”

Through a small six-game sample size, Jamestown’s hitting .440, with 17 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs, 71 RBIs and 96 runs scored.

Drenth said she wants to clean up fielding this week in practice as the Blue Jays have committed 11 errors..

“You have to give credit to the girls with their softball knowledge after only being on the field four times and twice was a game,” Drenth said. “They paid attention early during infields this weekend.

“But it’s one of the little things. We can always play cleaner defense than we did. We’ll do that during practice by getting the glove on the dirt more and we’ll be good to go.”

Jamestown travels to Bismarck Century on Tuesday for a pair of non-conference games at Clem Kelley Softball Complex starting at 4:30 p.m.

“That’ll be a good test for us,” Drenth said. “We look forward to seeing where we’re at. We’ll prepare Monday for what we need to clean up. Hopefully we play hard and fast Tuesday.”

Game 1
Jamestown 26, Williston 5 (5 innings)JHS 76(11) 20 -- 26 16 2WHS 100 40 -- 5 8 13W--Payton Gall. L--Alexis Renner.Blue Jay highlights: Rachel Schiele 3-6, RBI, 4 R; McKenna Jackson 2-6, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R; Jenna Fischer 2-5, 2 RBI; Katie Falk 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R; Ella Roaldson 1-3, 2B, 4 R; Sid Kautz 1-1; Alex Nihill 1-2, 4 R; Alyssa Gange 1-1, 3 R; Payton Gall 1-2, RBI, R; Sadie Meissner 1-2, RBI, 3 R; 2 BB; Rachel Woodley 1-3, 3 RBI, R.Game 2Jamestown 14, Williston 4 (6 innings)JHS 511 124 -- 14 16 4WHS 110 002 -- 4 10 4W--Katie Falk. L--Alexis Renner.Blue Jay highlights: McKenna Jackson 3-4, 2 R; Rachel Schiele 3-5, RBI, 4 R; Payton Gall 3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R; Jenna Fischer 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R; Katie Falk 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R; Rachel Woodley 2-3, 3 RBI, R; Alyssa Gange 1-3, R.Records: Jamestown 5-1. Williston 0-4.
Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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