With their backs against the wall and the season on the line, the Jimmie baseball used a strong pitching performance from Logan Lund (SR/Tolna, ND) and a 16-hit attack to defeat Dickinson State 14-4 Saturday evening and remain alive in the North Star Athletic Association conference tournament.
Kory Wolden (JR/West Fargo, ND), Peter Pennylegion (JR/Ferndale, WA), and Scooter Turin (JR/Sandy, OR) all homered for the Jimmies, who will face Bellevue (Neb.) Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in Valley City.
Turin finished 3-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored while Pennylegion ended with three hits, three runs scored, and a pair driven in. Wolden and Quinn Irey (JR/Bismarck, ND) both and two hits and two RBI, and Christian Shouman (SR/Lake Stevens, WA) and Landon Uetz (SR/West Fargo, ND) had two hits.
Uetz singled to right-center in the bottom of the seventh for his 200th career hit, becoming just the second Jimmie player to reach the 200-hit milestone.
Lund pitched a complete game, striking out 10 over eight innings of work. He allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits, and walked two. The four runs he allowed came during the first three innings, and from the fourth inning on, Lund gave up just one hit and retired 14 of the last 18 hitters he faced.
After Dylan Skabo scored in the Blue Hawks' first at-bat to take a 1-0 lead, Jamestown responded with six runs on six hits in the bottom half. Wolden homered to lead off the inning, tying the game, then an RBI double by Vince Sablan (SR/Port Orchard, WA), a sac fly by Quinn Irey, and a three-run homer from Turin made it 6-0.
TJ McCullough's homer in the top of the second cut the Jimmies' lead to 6-2. A fielder's choice by Sagan Osborne and an RBI single by Jacob Cuch brought the Blue Hawks within two runs at 6-4.
Pennylegion's two-run homer to deep right center and Wolden's single gave Jamestown a five-run cushion at 9-4 after three innings. Turin would drive in another run in the fifth and then later score on an error as the lead increased to 11-4.
Irey and Turin both drove in runs in the sixth which gave Jamestown a 13-4 lead. In the bottom of the eighth, Christian Shouman reached on a misplayed grounder, allowing Brett Schreiner (JR/Washburn, ND) to score and end the game via the ten-run rule.
Ryan Absher took the loss for Dickinson State, who ends the season at 22-27. He pitched four innings, giving up nine runs on nine hits, walked five and did not strike out a batter. The Blue Hawks' bullpen did not fare much better, surrendering five runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Jamestown (38-18) hopes to keep its season alive with another matchup against Bellevue looming on Sunday. The game can be heard on ESPN Jamestown and seen online at portal.stretchinternet.com/jamestown.