JC opens baseball season with Metrodome sweep

The Jamestown College baseball team played until nearly 2:20 a.m. on Thursday, but the Jimmies walked away from their season opener at the Metrodome with a pair of wins.

The Jimmies, who slipped out of the Top 25 in the first regular-seson NAIA poll, swept Bethel College (Minn.), winning a pair of one-run games.

Catcher Miles Johnson led off the first game with a solo homer and shortstop Kyle Montgomery snapped a 3-3 tie with an RBI triple in a two-run bottom of the fourth as JC won the opener 5-4. Tyler Rice (1-0), the third of six JC pitchers, got the win in relief of starter Steve Hirchert, who threw two scoreless innings. Ryan Lucero pitched the seventh and worked out of a jam to pick up a save.

Third baseman Ben Cairns hit a two-run homer in the top of the fifth to erase a 1-0 deficit in the (really) late game. Reliever Josh Loewen, the third of six JC pitchers in the contest, picked up the win. Lucero pitched the seventh for his second save of the night morning doubleheader.

Jamestown College (2-0) will take on Midland Lutheran on Saturday and Sunday in Fremont, Neb.