Jamestown College will host the NAIA Unaffiliated Tourney in Jamestown at Jack Brown Stadium starting May 1.
The tournament will include Dakota State, Dickinson State, Valley City State, Mayville State, and the host Jimmies.
It will be a double elimination tournament with 3 games on Wednesday, 3 on Thursday, and 2 on Friday.
If a second championship needs to be played, it will be played Saturday morning at 11 am.
Saturday may also be used in case of a delay or weather problem in the first three days.
Here are the initial rankings and records for the baseball tournament in Jamestown:
Schedule of Games
Wednesday, May 1
Game 1 - 11 am ... (# 4 Valley City State vs # 5 Dakota State)
Final: Dakota State 14, Valley City State 13 (12 innings)
Game 2 - 2:30 pm ... (#2 Jamestown College vs # 3 Dickinson State)
Final: Jamestown College 3, Dickinson State 1
Game 3 - 6 pm ... (# 1 Mayville State vs # 5 Dakota State)
Final: Mayville State 8, Dakota State 7
Thursday, May 2
Game 4 - 11 am ... (# 4 Valley City State vs # 3 Dickinson State)
Final: Valley City State 7, Dickinson State 6
Game 5 - 2:30 pm ... (# 1 Mayville State vs # 2 Jamestown College)
Final: Jamestown 12, Mayville State 7 (10 innings)
Game 6 - 6 pm ... (# 5 Dakota State vs # 4 Valley City State)
Final: Valley City State 13, Dakota State 9
Friday, May 3
Game 7 - Noon ... (# 1 Mayville State vs # 4 Valley City State)
Final: Mayville State 5, Valley City State 3
Game 8 - 3:30 pm (Championship) ... (# 1 Mayville State vs # 2 Jamestown College)
Final: Jamestown College 7, Mayville State 6
Jimmies win NAIA Unaffiliated Tournament and earns 6th trip to NAIA Tournament.
Seedings will be announced Sunday.
The following NAIA Unaffiliated Baseball Tournament Preview is
Courtesy of Dave Selvig, Jamestown Sun, 5/1/13
After a rough trip to the desert in March, Jimmie baseball coach Tom Hager decided to hit the reset button for the season.
Sitting at 8-8 on March 16, changes needed to be made.
Whatever they did worked. Forty six days later they've won 18 of their last 19 games and are the No. 2 seed for the Association of Independent Institutions tournament. The Jimmies (25-9) take on third-seeded Dickinson State today at 2:30 p.m. in their first home game of the season.
"We came back from Arizona and needed to assess where we were, and where we were wasn't good enough," Hager said. "I don't think any of us thought we'd win 17 out of our next 18 games, but we've found a way to get better results.
"It hasn't always been perfect, but we've definitely improved."
The Jimmies played a daunting early-season schedule, which featured three ranked NAIA opponents. The last 18 games have come against solid, but not spectacular competition, and they've feasted. Their last lost came April 2 against Dakota State, since then they've won 12 straight.
They've outscored their opponents 226-160 overall, with the veteran pitching staff coming around of late.
Junior Blake Stewart (3-1, 2.31 ERA, 39 IP) and seniors Paul Roers (4-1, 4.43 ERA, 38 IP) and Adam Ranger (3-1, 4.91 ERA, 36 2/3 IP) give the Jimmies three starters capable of carrying a team in the playoffs. Kacy Gardiner, another senior, will be key either starting or relieving.
"In the postseason you win championships by having a deep pitching staff," Hager said. "We feel like we have that, and the time to prove it is now."
Offensively, they've began to click as well.
They boast a .311 team batting average with Nolan Skowronek (.404) and Jakob Ohmann (.402) still hitting over .400 100-plus at bats into the season. Spencer Flaten (.381) isn't far behind. Nico Moreno has five home runs and 25 RBI.
"We still believe we can be better at the plate," Hager said. "We haven't gotten to where we have everybody clicking at once."
It's a case of now or never for the Jimmies, and everybody else for that matter. It's likely that only the winning team will advance to the Opening Round of the NAIA national tournament.
It's also fitting that weather will be a factor this week with cold and potentially wet conditions expected. That's par for the course in a season where the Jimmies lost 16 games because of the long winter.
"In 18 years as a college baseball coach I've never experienced a season like this," Hager said. "But I will say that I've been really proud of our players for making the best of it.
"If there ever was a group capable of handling it, it's these guys. It's a loose, goofy bunch, but when it's been time to play, they've been ready to roll."
NAIA Unaffiliated Baseball Tournament
At Jack Brown Stadium
No. 1 Mayville State
Coach: Scott Berry (31st year)
Diamond notes: The Comets' record speaks for itself. It's not hard to see why, either. They've outscored their opponents by over 100 runs (210-100). … John Pistulka has 5 home runs and 41 RBI in 34 games with a .392 average. … Their team batting average is .313. … Their pitching staff is allowing opponents to hit just .222. … Victor Sokolofsky is a perfect 7-0 with 53 Ks in 46 IP and a sparkling 1.96 ERA. … The Comets will steal a bag, too. They've been successful on 60 of their 72 stolen-base attempts.
No. 2 Jamestown College
Coach: Tom Hager (14th)
Diamond notes: Seven JC regulars are hitting .297 or better. … Freshman shortstop Andy Young has made a big impact. He has 5 homers and 25 RBI and Hager says his defense is underrated. … The Jimmies have battled injuries to key players. Pitcher Landon Adelman, SS Rudy Strand and OF Nick Melino were all lost early and were expected to be key contributors. Mitch Stevens also missed significant time but is back at first base and hitting .309 with a couple long balls.
No. 3 Dickinson State
Coach: Jason Watson (2nd year)
Diamond notes: The Blue Hawks have five more wins this year than they did last. … They don't win with power, they have just six home runs in 42 games. … Bobby King has been reliable on the hill. He's logged a whopping 63 1/3 innings. Tanner Newman has worked 59 innings. King has three wins and Newman five.
No. 4 Valley City State
Coach: Casey Olney (6th year)
Diamond notes: The Vikings can hit, they bring a .283 average to town. Run-prevention is the issue, they've been outscored 209-173 and are allowing a .306 average. … Brady Anderson, son of longtime VCSU baseball coach and former Blue Jay skipper Cory Anderson, has made an impact as a freshman. The Jamestown High grad is hitting .284 with 3 HRs and 15 RBI. … Ronnie Blagg anchors the staff with a 3.13 ERA in 54 2/3 IP.
No. 5 Dakota State
Coach: Scott Hortness (3rd year)
Diamond notes: It's been a long season for the Trojans, but they do have a win over the Jimmies (9-3 April 2). … Anyelo Roman has carried the load offensively with 8 HRs and 36 RBI in 38 games. … The Trojans' pitching staff has allowed 326 hits in 266 innings.
The following Day 1 review is courtesy of Dave Selvig, Jamestown Sun, 5/2/13
Jamestown College 3, Dickinson State 1
Jimmies 000 200 100 — 3 6 2
DicknSU 010 000 000 — 1 9 1
Blake Stewart, Kacy Gardiner (8) and Nathan Christiuk. Tanner Newman and Ryan Risse. W—Stewart (4-1). L—Newman. Save—Gardiner (3). 2B—DiSU, Jordan Tescher, Chris Mjelstad. HR—JC, Jonathan Minchella (3).
Records: Jamestown College 26-9; Dickinson State 25-18.
Dakota St. 14, VCSU 13
Danny Flahie's solo home run in the top of the 12th inning was the game-winner as Dakota State nipped Valley City State 14-13 in the long opening game of the day.
The Vikings let this one slip away. They took a 9-4 lead with an eight-run bottom of the fifth inning, then had to score four runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie it at 13-all after the Trojans had scored eight unanswered runs.
Then in the bottom of the ninth, Valley City State (13-25) had runners on first and third and nobody out, only to not score.
The Vikings also committed six errors, leading to four unearned runs.
Dakota State banged out 21 hits to Valley City State's 17.
Flahie was 4-for-7 with three RBI. Ryan Bourcier was also 4-for-7 with a solo homer.
Preston Jensen, who plays summer baseball with the Jamestown Miller Lite Merchants, Brenden Shearer and Joey Demers each had three hits for the Vikings. Jamestown High grad Brady Anderson had two extra-base hits, including a 3-run home run in the fifth.
The Vikings play Dickinson State today at 11 a.m. in a loser-out game.
Dakota St 14, Valley City St 13, 12 Innings
DaSU 010 133 410 001 — 14 21 1
VCSU 000 180 040 000 — 13 17 6
Kevin Madera, Drew Sweeter (5), Jamie Jorgenson (8), Seth Spears (8) and Kyle Holland. Derek Zitzow, Corey Pudas (6), Ryan Shaw (7), Joey Duttenhefer (9), Chad Leskiw (12) and Dan Buehner. W—Spears. L—Duttenhefer. 2B—DaSU, Rays Roman 2, Anyelo Roman, Madera, Andy Lee. VCSU, Preston Jensen, Brady Anderson, Buehner. 3B—VCSU, Jensen, Joey Demers. HR—DaSU, Danny Flahie, Ryan Bourcier. VCSU, Anderson.
Records: Dakota State 11-28; Valley City State 13-25.
Mayville St. 8, Dakota St. 7
Mayville State scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning and held on for a one-run win over fifth-seeded Dakota State.
Mayville State, the top seed in the field, trailed 6-4 until Kurt McCallum's three-run home run in the sixth spurred the rally. McCallum had three hits and five RBI total.
Dakota State (11-29) banged out 14 more hits, giving the Trojans a whopping 35 combined in their two games Wednesday. Flahie had three more hits. Ryan Bourcier hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to get the Trojans within one at 8-7.
Scott Petry worked the final 4 2/3 innings to get the win in relief for the Comets (33-4-1).
Mayville State 8, Dakota State 7
Comets 002 024 000 — 8 13 4
DakotSU 030 030 001 — 7 14 4
R.J. Page, Scott Petry (5) and Zach Mihic. Austin Weber, Seth Rockafellow (6) and Kyle Holland. W—Petry, L—Weber. 2B— DaSU, Flahie, Kyle Braun. HR—MSU, Kurt McCallum. DaSU, Ryan Bourcier.
Courtesy of Jamestown Sun sports editor Dave Selvig, 5/2/13
Courtesy of Jamestown Sun sports editor Dave Selvig, 5/4/13
Jamestown College 7, Mayville State 6
MaySU 200 012 010 — 6 13 2
Jimmies 000 040 12x — 7 11 2
R.J. Page, Scott Petry (5), Aaron Dick (5) Spencer Kidder (7) and Zach Mihic. Darren Iseri, Christian Hackworth (6), Chris Combo (6), Nick Smart (8) and Nathan Christiuk. W—Smart (3-2). L—Kidder. 2B—MaSU, Zach Mihic. JC, Matt Achter, Jonathan Minchella. HR—JC, Mitch Stevens (3).
Records: Jamestown College 28-9; Mayville State 33-6-1.
Mayville State U 5, Valley City State U 3
Mayville State rallied to keep its season alive.
Down 3-1 after three innings, the Comets scored the final four runs of the game to eliminate Valley City State.
The Comets tied it with two runs in the bottom of the third and went ahead with two in the sixth.
The Vikings (15-26) got all three of their runs on one swing of the bat, a three-run home run from Scott Stephenson, his third of the tournament.
Kurt McCallum, who hits in the 3-hole for the Comets, tossed five scoreless innings of relief to get the win.
Ryan Shaw went the distance on the mound for the Vikings.
Unaffiliated Conference Tournament
Game 7, Loser out
Mayville State 5, Valley City State 3
Vikings 003 000 000 — 3 10 2
MaySU 010 202 00x — 5 8 5
Ryan Shaw and Josiah Churchill. Darin Stanislawski, Kurt McCallum (5) and Zach Mihic. W—McCallum. L—Shaw. HR—VCSU, Scott Stephenson. SB—MaSU, Spencer Kidder, Spencer Mallonee.
Records: Valley City State 15-26.
Jamestown College and Mayville State will both be playing in the NAIA National Tournament.
The 28-9 Jimmies automatically qualfied by winning the Unaffiliated Conference Tournament on Friday at Jack Brown Stadium, beating the Comets 7-6 in the championship game.
Mayville State, however, earned an at large bid Sunday night. The Comets (34-6-1) got the 13th at-large bid out of 16 teams selected.
It's the fourth opening round appearance for the Jimmies, where they have a record of 3-6.
The complete pairings for the opening round will be announced at noon on Monday 5/6/13. The tournament features nine sites with five teams per location. The most likely sites for the Jimmies are Joliet, Ill., or Oklahoma City.
Courtesy of Jamestown Sun Staff, 5/6/13
Courtesy of Jamestown Sun sports editor Dave Selvig, 5/4/13