JAMESTOWN, N.D.-- The Jimmies were victimized by the long ball, as four Bellevue players connected for home runs and the Bruins used a 17-hit attack to defeat Jamestown 17-4 Saturday afternoon in the North Star Athletic Association conference tournament.
Riley Baasch hit the Bruins' first homer, a solo shot in the second, giving Bellevue an early 1-0 lead.
In the next inning, Derik Bontempo connected on a two-run blast to make the score 3-0 in favor of Bellevue.
Jake Browne drove in a run in the fourth with a fielder's choice, and a pair of two-run singles by Miles Campbell and Matt Evans combined with a run-scoring single by Diego Iribarren opened up a 9-0 lead.
The Jimmies got on the board in the fifth inning with a Christian Shouman (SR/Lake Stevens, WA) RBI single to make it 9-1, then Landon Uetz (SR/West Fargo, ND) drove home UJ's second run in the sixth with a fielder's choice. Alex Sablan (SR/Port Orchard, WA) crushed a two-run homer in the same inning to bring Jamestown within five runs at 9-4.
Browne hit Bellevue's third homer of the game in the seventh inning, joining Bontempo with a two-run shot of his own. The Bruins were not done in the ninth, putting up six more runs to take a 17-4 advantage. Evans drove in another run with a single, Bontempo came through with a two-run single, and Joe Moran hit the final Bellevue home run, a three-run shot to end the scoring.
Ben McKendall went the distance, allowing eight hits and four runs. He struck out 10 and walked two. Jerome Byndloss (JR/Las Vegas, Nev.) suffered his first loss of the season, as he was tagged for nine runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. Byndloss walked four and struck out four.
Iribarren had a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate, scoring twice and driving in one. Bontempo had three hits and four RBI while Browne, Evans, Baasch, and Campbell had two hits.
Seven different Jimmies recorded a hit, with Sablan's homer being the only extra base hit for UJ.
Bellevue moves to 49-7 overall and will await the winner of Saturday evening's Dickinson State-Jamestown loser-out game. Jamestown sees their record fall to 37-18.