If there has ever been an unmistakable definition of a sweet win, the Blue Jays girls’ soccer team certainly fulfilled that description at Rotary Field on Tuesday night.
The Blue Jays were carrying an undefeated record at home into their final home game, it was Senior Night, and they were going up against the undefeated and No. 1-ranked team in the West Region — a team the Blue Jays fell to (4-1) in their first game of the season.
But the Jays were more than ready for the Bismarck Century Patriots this time around.
Jamestown’s Brooke Lukach scored her first goal of the season, while Jenae Dabill posted goal No. 6 on the year and Kaitlin Walsh added her third goal — just for good measure — as the Blue Jays blew past the Patriots 3-1.
“This was a big win,” JHS assistant coach Maria Lammi said. “After beating St. Mary’s and now Century, it’s a really big momentum builder here at the end of the year. Now we’re looking ahead for the future.”
The Blue Jays’ one and only non-region doubleheader of the season ended in a split Tuesday night against the top team from the East.
A nine-run fifth inning turned a 1-0 deficit into an eventual 11-4 JHS win. The Deacons took Game 2 9-2. The Jays were a little sloppy with three errors after a relatively clean opener.
“We weren’t really sharp mentally and I’m not sure why that was the case. You have to come ready to play 14 innings every night,” coach Cory Anderson said. “We need to tighten things up.”
Anderson was pleased with the offensive output on the night, including eight hits in the second game.
“I thought we swung the bats pretty well. We hit the ball hard for the most part and had some tough luck too with balls hit right at guys,” he said.
Jamestown College rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 11th inning to beat Nebraska Wesleyan 7-6 in the opening game of the NAIA national tournament opening round on Tuesday in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Jimmies, seeded fourth in the five-team, double-elimination tournament, trailed 4-1 after 1 1/2 innings.
Cam McLachlan’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth tied it at 4-4.
The Prairie Wolves took the lead in the eighth on Josh Ostrom’s RBI double, but Erik Church’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to tie it at 5-5.
Nebraska Wesleyan took the lead in the top of the 11th on Cory Hilgenkamp’s leadoff solo homer.
Nick Meehan led off the bottom of the 11th with a single, and back-to-back errors by the Prairie Wolves allowed the Jimmies to tie the game. Nebraska Wesleyan intentionally walked McLachlan to load the bases. Jordan Dusanj grounded into a fielder’s choice to drive in the game-winning run.
Steve Hirchert pitched the final 3 1/3 innings in relief of starter Alex Kreis to pick up the win. Hirchert allowed one run on one hit and struck out four. Kreis went 7 2/3 innings, allowing five runs (only two earned) and struck out 10.
McLachlan went 3-for-5 with a double, triple and three RBI. Kyle Montgomery was 3-for-4 and Church scored three runs for JC.
The Jimmies will play No. 1 seed Bellevue (Neb.) later today. The game is scheduled for 5 p.m.
The Jimmies, seeded fourth in the five-team, double-elimination tournament, take on fifth seed Nebraska Wesleyan at 10 a.m. The winner faces top seed Bellevue (Neb.) later today.
The Lincoln Journal Star has a story on outfielder Jeremy Peters, one of four seniors on the Prairie Wolves’ roster.
Here’s the official Web site of the Sioux City bracket, which will have live stats and updated scores throughout the tournament.
On a completely unrelated note, if you’ve got about 12 minutes of non-productivity and nothing better to do, challenge yourself with this tougher-than-you-think quiz. Can you come up with all of the nicknames of NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL teams in 12 minutes or less?
A hint: For sports dorks (and we know who we are, thank you very much), it helps to go one division at a time.