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Red Raiders sweep UJ on senior day

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University of Jamestown's Katie Merchant prepares to deliver a pitch against Briar Cliff last month in Sioux City, Iowa. Ryan Mikkelson / For The Sun2 / 2

University of Jamestown softball and its five seniors didn't obtain the result they wanted Friday, April 19, during senior day, falling to Northwestern College (Iowa) 3-2 and 3-1. But the seniors were still in good spirits at Trapper Field.

One of those happy seniors was outfielder Allie McCain. After 55 total games at UJ, McCain played her first and only home doubleheader as a Jimmie. McCain went 1-for-6 on the day with a sacrifice-fly RBI during the fourth inning of game 1.

"It was great. We had a really good crowd and I'm really happy with everyone that came out and celebrated the seniors," McCain said. "With it being my first and last home game, (it) was definitely a weird moment in my career, but I wouldn't be here without a single one of these people."

McCain, a Duvall, Wash., native, started her college softball career at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., near Portland, Ore. McCain hit .271 (22-for-81) during 37 games as a Penguin, while recording seven RBIs and 18 runs scored.

McCain made the move to North Dakota for the 2018 season, however, and hit her stride even more at the plate. She hit .413 (19-for-46) during 21 games in 2018 before having season-ending elbow surgery on her right throwing arm last spring.

But McCain saved her best for last after playing in a college-high 38 games this spring, hitting .336 (43-for-128) with only two extra base hits.

"It wasn't the result we wanted, but it's a good way to send the seniors out," McCain said. "It's been fun and we've had really good weather too, so I'm glad the field dried from all the snow. We got out here, so that's all that matters."

The Jimmies have held four home games at Trapper Field over the last two seasons, while playing 88 away from Jamestown because of inclement weather. The pair of losses snapped a eight-game winning streak at home dating back to April 22, 2017.

"Unfortunately we're not going to go undefeated at home," said Jamestown coach Kevin Gall.

The Jimmies held a 2-1 advantage over Northwestern at one point during the first game, but all three Red Raider runs didn't come the normal way.

Northwestern's Jennifer Boeve was hit on the shoulder going from first base to third in the fourth and scored on the play, giving the Red Raiders a 1-0 lead. Madison Beaver notched an RBI after a ball went off center fielder Mariah Wick's glove to tie the contest at 2-2. Amber Schubert delivered the go-ahead RBI with a single to shallow right field.

"We could've been a little smarter with how we handled the game-winning RBI," Gall said. "We allowed a run because we threw the ball to the wrong base and the other run scored because it went off Wick's glove. She makes that play most of the time, so it's just one of those days."

Northwestern jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second game after three innings and never looked back for the 3-1 victory.

Miriah Yoder, Katlyn Buethner, Kelly Halverson and Meghan Ramage, along with McCain, were celebrated at senior day. Yoder, Buethner and Ramage all played Friday and combined to bat 5-for-14 with two runs scored.

"They're outstanding kids. All five of them gave us everything they had," Gall said. "I don't want to see them go, I'd love to coach them for another four, but that's the deal and what we signed up to do."

Jamestown hits the road for six more contests to end the regular season starting with Dakota Wesleyan (April 24), followed by Dordt College (April 26) and Morningside (April 27). The Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament will be hosted by the No. 1 and No. 2 seeded teams on May 2-4.

"You want to win them all," Gall said. "Hopefully our bats can come alive, we continue to pitch well and throw strikes."

Northwestern (Iowa) College 3, University of Jamestown 2

NW 000 111 0 -- 3 4 0

UJ 000 200 0 -- 2 12 2

W--Emma Schnell. L--Kat Miska. S--Sydnee Isom.

UJ highlights: Mikayla Frost 3-4, RBI; Meghan Ramage 2-4; Miriah Yoder 2-3, R; Morgan Geiszler 1-3, 2B, BB; Sydney Prussia 1-4; Katie Reisdorfer 1-3; Mariah Martinez 1-3, R; Mariah Wick 1-3; Allie McCain 0-2, RBI.

Northwestern (Iowa) College 3, University of Jamestown 1

NW 021 000 0 -- 3 4 1

UJ 000 100 0 -- 1 6 3

W--Sydnee Isom. L--Katie Merchant. S--Emma Schnell.

Uj highlights: Allie McCain 1-4; Sydney Prussia 1-4, 2B; Katie Reisdorfer 1-3; Meghan Ramage 1-3, R; Mariah Martinez 1-2, BB; Steph Cota 1-2.

Records: University of Jamestown 25-13, 9-7 GPAC. Northwestern (Iowa) College 14-18, 7-6.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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