Jimmie softball splits with Tigers
University of Jamestown softball ended a three-game losing streak on Wednesday, April 24, with a 7-4 victory over Dakota Wesleyan University during the nightcap at Dr. McWhirter Field in Mitchell S.D.
The Jimmies dropped the opener 3-2 and are now 26-14 overall and 10-8 in GPAC play.
"Well we got up, made the long trek and we came out and put two runs on the board," Jamestown coach Kevin Gall said of the opener. "We barely hit a ball out of the infield. We were getting after them, but got into one of those funks where nobody could get a swing on them."
Gall was right that the Jimmies struggled to get the ball out of the field. Allie McCain finally made the Tigers' outfield work in the top of the third frame with a single to left field. Katie Reisdorfer singled to left in the next frame, while Morgan Geiszler doubled—also to left field—in the sixth inning.
Jamestown led through two innings—2-0—however, but Dakota Wesleyan tacked a run on in the fourth and two in the fifth to hang on for the victory.
"We did some good things. Our defense has been pretty solid and I know we made a few mistakes recently and they've cost us," Gall said. "Dakota Wesleyan put the barrel on the ball and we were a victim in that one inning.
"If our offense keeps playing well, we'll stay in the game. We just have to get those bats going."
The bats were going in game 2. The Jimmies ended a four-game streak of scoring three runs or less—a streak in which they were 1-3 in—and put up four runs in the first frame of game 2. Jamestown scored a run in the second, fourth and fifth to account for all seven runs.
"We got on their pitcher right away and scored four in the first," Gall said. "They walked a couple and we were able to score early and often, but went limp again. We have to keep after them. I don't know if we're trying too hard or not making adjustments to put the barrel on it. We have to keep working."
Jamestown was hitting .292 during the tough four-game offensive streak but only scored eight runs.
"The boring answer is just keep simplifying and get consistent," Gall said. "I think we're trying too hard and I think we're trying too hard for the big hit. We need more consistency with our at-bats and putting the barrel on it."
Gall knows his team can play with anybody in the country, however, as the Jimmies have a victory over No. 7 at the time Indiana Wesleyan University (5-4).
"We can beat anybody, but it's just a matter of doing those little things," Gall said. "It's just a matter of putting some crooked numbers on the board and that's what we've struggled doing. Hopefully we can start stringing some hits around and we can settle in."
Jamestown finishes out the regular season April 26-27 with doubleheaders against Dordt College and Morningside College, respectively, on the road. The Jimmies lost to Dordt 5-2 on Feb. 16 at the Presentation College Dome.
"Hopefully that's a little motivation to play a little better than the first time," Gall said of the loss.
Dakota Wesleyan 3, University of Jamestown 2
UJ 110 000 0 -- 2 7 1
DW 000 120 X -- 3 5 0
W--Sierra Gaage. L--Kat Miska.
UJ highlights: Mikayla Frost 1-3, R, BB; Allie McCain 1-4; Meghan Ramage 1-4; Sydney Prussia 1-3, RBI, BB; Morgan Geiszler 1-4, 2B; Katie Reisdorfer 1-3; Kat Miska 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, HR, BB, 10 K.
University of Jamestown 7, Dakota Wesleyan 4
UJ 410 110 0 -- 7 11 0
DW 002 200 0 -- 4 9 0
W--Samm Hamilton. L--Alyson VanderPol. S--Kat Miska.
UJ highlights: Mikayla Frost 2-4, 2B, RBI; Allie McCain 2-4, 3B, RBI, R; Morgan Geiszler 2-4, 2B, RBI, R; Mariah Martinez 2-3, 2B, 2 R; Meghan Ramage 1-4, R; Sydney Prussia 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB; Steph Cota 1-3; Katie Reisdorfer 0-2, 2 RBI.
Records: University of Jamestown 26-14. Dakota Wesleyan 12-28.