Katie Falk was batting 1.000 even before she stepped to the plate in the top of the fourth inning.
With a 2-2 count, the sophomore for the Jamestown High School team swung and sent Mandan pitcher Morgan Gourley's fastball over the head of Sydney Gustavsson in centerfield for a two-run-homerun. Falk rounded the bases and headed home pacing her steps to the cheers of her teammates and the bleachers.
"Katie's been great," JHS head coach Marissa Drenth said. "The kid is a hard worker, it's what she does. She works hard, she practices all the time and she's seeing it pay off."
Falk's perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate and winning pitching performance helped the Jays to a sweep over the visiting Braves 11-1 and 12-2 on Tuesday at Trapper Field.
The Blue Jays currently stand second in the WDA at 11-1 and improved to 15-3 overall. The Jays have pushed their win streak to 12 games with their last loss coming against Bismarck Century on April 20.
The Jays will get a week break before heading west to take on Bismarck High. The doubleheader is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. next Tuesday.
Falk's four-hit game came in contest No. 1, as she racked up three doubles and her two-run homer. Falk did her duty at the plate but was also the Jays' main man on the mound pitching all six innings and only allowing one run on three hits with five strikeouts. Falk didn't allow any earned runs or walks across the six innings.
"Trusting herself has been the biggest thing," Drenth said of Falk. "She's snapping through everything, her mechanics are good -- the communication between pitcher and catcher and (assistant coach) Meghan Wenzel and myself -- and knowing what's working today and what isn't have been bigs things that have helped her be successful."
Falk and her teammates weren't kind to Gourley, as the Mandan pitcher surrendered 12 hits and 11 runs and tallied just one Blue Jay strikeout across 5 2/3 innings.
While Falk led things off in the circle, it was Ella Roaldson who got the Jays' bats going.
Roaldson, a senior shortstop, homered on a 2-1 count. Roaldson's dinger drove in three runs. The senior went .250 at the plate in the first game but was a perfect 4-for-4 in the second.
The Blue Jay momentum was still flowing in the sixth with four runs scored to end the game 11-1. The rally was led by a double by senior Elizabeth Grenz. Mckenna Jackson clinched the game driving in two runs off a single and an error. Jackson advanced to third on an error by the Mandan offense.
"They are playing really good, everyone is hitting really well," Falk said of her teammates' performance. "I think we can keep winning."
It was a bit of a toss-up if the Jays could pull out the W in game No. 2.
The score stood at 2-1 Blue Jays before the bats got going again in the bottom of the fifth.
With the bases loaded, cleanup hitter Jenna Fischer stepped to the plate and powered a grounder through the gap sending Marin Rasmussen home to make it a 3-1 ball game. Falk followed Fischer's lead and produced her fifth hit of the night -- a two-run double -- to make it 5-1.
Fischer scored on a groundout from Payton Gall while Falk was sent home on Ella Falk's flyout to center-field.
The Jays were four runs away from shutting down game No. 2 in six innings when Roaldson stepped to the plate with runners on second and third. The senior powered her second three-run home run of the night over the right-field fence to make it 11-2. Fischer ended the game with a long-reaching dinger to left field.
"I am definitely proud of the fight, proud of the resilience," Drenth said. "I would like to see us do that a little bit sooner -- no reason to bring it down to the very end like that but they believe in themselves, they believe in their lineup and there are kids up and down that lineup, no matter who I put where that are going to be successful because they work hard."
Jamestown 11, Mandan 1
MAN 000 001 X -- 1 3 4
JHS 302 204 X -- 11 12 3
JHS: Katie Falk; MAN: Morgan Gourley W -- Falk, L -- Gourley
JHS: Falk (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K), 4-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, HR; Jenna Fischer 2-4, Ella Roaldson 1-4, HR, 3 RBI; Elizabeth Grenz 2-4, 3 RBI.
MAN: Avi Moen 1-3; Faith Eberle 1-2; Andy Borchers 1-3.
Records: Jamestown 14-3, 10-1 WDA; Mandan 1-8; 4-10
Jamestown 12, Mandan 1
MAN 100 000 X -- 1 8 6
JHS 200 055 X -- 12 12 0
JHS: Marin Rasmussen, Payton Gall (5); MAN: Andy Borchers W -- Rassmussen, L -- Gall
JHS: Rasmussen (4 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K), Jenna Fischer 3-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI; Falk 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI; Roaldson 4-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI.
MAN: Sydney Gustavsson 2-3, 2B, RBI; Borchers 2-2; Piper Harris 1-3.
Records: Jamestown 15-3, 10-1 WDA; Mandan 4-11; 1-8