Six up, six down for the Jamestown High School baseball team.
The Blue Jays continued their strong start to the season with their third straight West Region sweep, improving to 6-0 with 6-5 and 7-2 wins over Hazen-Beulah Tuesday at Jack Brown Stadium.
“It is nice to have some success, but a big part of that is how do we handle it?” coach Cory Anderson said. “Mentally, this wasn’t best we’ve played. We made some mistakes tonight, but we did find a way, and that’s important, too.
“It’s encouraging because we’ve been able to win, but we haven’t played our best baseball. We’re certainly capable of getting better and improving. We don’t want to stand still or regress. We want to continue moving forward.”
Blake Stewart, of Delta, British Columbia, has signed a Dakota Athletic Conference letter of intent to play baseball at Jamestown College.
Stewart, a left-handed hitting pitcher and 1st baseman for the White Rock Tritons, attends Southpointe Academy University Preparatory School. For the Tritons, he went 9-4 on the mound with an ERA of 2.01. He struck out 102 batters in 80 innings.
Offensively, he hit .353 with 38 RBIs in 135 at bats. Fourteen of his 38 hits were doubles.
“We are very excited that Blake has decided to attend Jamestown College,” JC baseball coach Tom Hager said. “He is a well-rounded individual who has succeeded both in the classroom and on the field. We are really looking forward to seeing him in the fall of 2009.”
Dickinson State was able to wiggle out of trouble Tuesday afternoon.
Jamestown College couldn’t do the same.
The Blue Hawks scored five runs in the top of the third and led the rest of the way en route to an 11-9 win over the Jimmies to clinch the regular-season Dakota Athletic Conference baseball championship at Jack Brown Stadium.
The Jimmies did make it interesting in the ninth with a pair of two-run home runs, but the Blue Hawks held on for their second win in three games after splitting here on Sunday.
“We knew it’d be a dogfight and it was,” Blue Hawks coach Duane Monlux said. “We’re two evenly-matched teams. We’re obviously very, very happy because we know what kind of team Jamestown College has. All three games were a battle and that’s exactly the way we thought it would be.”
It was a frustrating end to the regular season for the Jimmies, who left the bases loaded in the fifth and seventh and stranded two more in the eighth in the three-hour-and 27-minute affair.
“The bottom line is, I was very disappointed in the way we competed for eight innings,” JC coach Tom Hager said. “The ninth inning was more what I’ve come to expect from this baseball team. But for the first eight innings, we did not play with the sense of urgency you need to have when you have a chance to win a conference championship.”
Alejandro Esquivias of El Mirage, Ariz., will transfer to Jamestown College to compete in soccer for the Jimmies.
Esquivias is transferring from Estrella Mountain Community College in Arizona.
At Dysart (Ariz.) High School, Esquivias received the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award as a senior. He was a three-year team captain, a two-time Skyline all-region first-team selection and was a four-year letter winner. He was named the team’s Most Outstanding Midfielder and the school’s Athlete of the Year as a senior.
He plays club soccer for Phoenix Fire FC (first division) and has served as team captain while being named the team’s Most Outstanding Defender.
"Alejandro comes to Jamestown with a very impressive soccer and academic background," Jimmie soccer coach Phillip Bohn said. "His commitments to the classroom and soccer make him a great fit for our program. He will undoubtedly have an immediate impact on our team’s success on and off the field."
The son of Esequiel and Eloisa Esquivias, he plans to study nursing at Jamestown College.
Shelby Rose of Wimbledon has signed a Dakota Athletic Conference letter of intent to compete in track and field and basketball at Jamestown College.
Rose competes in the pole vault, 400 and runs relays for Barnes County North.
"Shelby has practiced with our team pretty regularly this season, as they do not have the facilities to vault at their school," Jimmie women’s track coach Jim Clark said. "She will likely compete in the pole vault and the sprints.
"I have been impressed with her willingness to drive here to practice and to work hard on the track. She seems to fit right in and gets along well with everyone. She will be a welcome addition to our team."
A 5-foot-4 guard, Rose averaged 3.5 points, 4 assists and 2.6 steals per game her senior season and was named the Bison’s top defensive player.
"Shelby loves to play and compete, whether it is basketball, track or volleyball," Jimmie women’s basketball coach Mark Wiest said. "She has put a lot of time into basketball throughout high school and has shown she has the desire to work very hard."
The daughter of Robert and Dawn Rose of Wimbledon, she plans to study biology and possibly pre-physical therapy at Jamestown College.