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Blue Jay Roundup: Softball splits, tennis falls Tuesday

Jamestown's Ella Roaldson connects for a hit last spring at Trapper Field. The Blue Jays split a pair of non-conference games at Bismarck Century on Tuesday. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Jamestown High School softball player Ella Roaldson went 4-for-4 on Monday, April 16, hitting the difference-making, two-RBI double in the second inning as the Blue Jays hung on to defeat Bismarck Century 4-3 at Clem Kelley Softball Complex in Bismarck.

The Patriots came back to earn a split in game 2, however, beating the Blue Jays 10-2 in six innings. The doubleheader didn't count in the West Region standings.

"I thought the first game we played really solid," said Jamestown coach Marissa Drenth. "Top to bottom, it was one of the best games we've played all season. The second game we lacked adjustments."

Jamestown scored all four of its runs in game 1 in the first two innings. Century pitcher Madison Zander struggled with her control, walking in a pair of runs in the first. The Blue Jays used a double by Katie Falk and single by McKenna Jackson to get the eventual winning runs into scoring position for Roaldson in the second.

"We always talk about starting fast. My biggest thing is it's nice to put a couple runs on the board in the first inning, while scoring some after that," Drenth said. "I thought we had good patience and adjusted to the umpire's zone. The second game we have to take more control."

Payton Gall had another good pitching performance for Jamestown. She tossed all seven first-game frames, allowing three runs on four hits. Since the sophomore gave up 10 runs in her first start of the year, Gall has allowed nine runs on 15 hits in 17 innings of work.

"Payton is throwing well. Today she was one pitch left up in the zone short of a gem," Drenth said. "Credit to our freshman catcher (Jenna Fisher). I gave her the reigns and she's calling the game."

Jamestown took an early 2-0 lead in game 2, but Century scored 10 unanswered runs including a game-deciding six runs in the fifth frame. The Blue Jays mustered two runs, two hits and three errors in the loss.

"I just think we didn't play solid defensively and they adjusted to (pitcher) Katie Falk," Drenth said. "That's on me to make a decision to change something up in the lineup. If our offense made adjustments, maybe Katie finishes that game. We have to learn to ride momentum and create momentum on both sides."

Jamestown won the opening game against Bismarck High 11-10 on April 1, but lost the nightcap 14-2 in five innings. Drenth said she didn't like the slow start against Williston on April 13, but the Blue Jays won 14-4 in six frames.

The first-year coach said second-game adjustments are on her.

"I think as a coach, I need to look at adjustments in the lineup or getting them ready for the second game better," Drenth said. "I need to find a way to get the team more energized."

Jamestown (6-2) heads to Minot on Thursday for a doubleheader at 4:30 p.m. The Majettes are 6-2 on the year and are coming off a sweep of Watford City on Tuesday, defeating the Wolves 23-0 and 13-4.

"I'm expecting a solid team," Drenth said. "That's what Minot does and they're always a challenge. We have to put together two games of our best ball."

Girls tennis falls to BHS

Phoebe Olson, Courtney Peterson and the doubles team of Lauryn Hibl/Mia Wilson all picked up victories for Jamestown High School girls tennis, but fell 6-3 to Bismarck High on Tuesday, April 16, at Tom O'Leary Tennis Courts in Bismarck.

Olson, a freshman, won at first singles over Sydney Helgeson with a pair of 6-1 sets, while Peterson blanked the Demons' Morgan Fisher 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. On the doubles side, Jamestown's Hibl/Wilson went the distance with Mia Steffes/Megan Richter with a 10-8, third set, tiebreaker victory.

The Blue Jays head back to Minot on Tuesday, April 23, for another dual. The Majettes won 4-1 in five doubles matches on April 12.


Game 1

Jamestown 4, Bismarck Century 3

JHS 220 000 0 -- 4 10 1

BC 100 020 0 -- 3 4 1

W--Payton Gall. L--Madison Zander.

Blue Jay highlights: Ella Roaldson 4-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R; McKenna Jackson 2-4, R; Rachel Schiele 1-3, R; Katie Falk 1-3, 2B, R; Sadie Meissner 1-4; Rachel Woodley 1-4, 2B; Payton Gall 7 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K.

Game 2

Bismarck Century 10, Jamestown 2 (6 innings)

JHS 200 000 -- 2 2 3

BC 120 16X -- 10 12 2

W--Malee Wittenberg. L--Katie Falk.

Blue Jay highlights: Ella Roaldson 1-3, R; Katie Falk 1-1, 4.2 IP, 8 R; 10 H, 4 K, 3 BB.

Records: Jamestown 6-2. Bismarck Century 7-1.


Bismarck High 6, Jamestown 3


No. 1: Phoebe Olson, J def. Sydney Hegelson, 6-1, 6-1.

No. 2: Courtney Peterson, J def. Morgan Fisher 6-0, 6-0.

No. 3: Natalie Schuh, BH def. Annie Johnson, 7-5, 6-0.

No. 4: Delaney Scanson, BH def. Lauryn Hibl, 6-1, 6-4.

No. 5: Mia Steffes, BH def. Cora Wolsky, 6-4, 6-1.

No. 6: Megan Richter, BH def. Mia Wilson, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.


No. 1: Helgeson/Schuh, BH def. Peterson/Johnson, 6-1, 7-5.

No. 2: Fisher/Scanson, BH def. 7-5, 5-7, 6-2.

No. 3: Hibl/Wilson, BH def. Steffes/Richter 2-6, 6-2, 10-8.

Records: Jamestown 0-4. Bismarck High 0-1.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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