Jamestown News
Sun, May. 8, 2011 - [Softball]

The Jamestown College softball team made the most noise of anyone in the opening day of the Dakota Athletic Conference tournament in Minot on Friday after pitcher Steph Bolt no-hit 20th-ranked Dickinson State to lift the Jimmies into the winner's bracket.

But Saturday was a different day.

The Jimmies dropped their opener on Saturday to Minot State 5-1 after scattering just two hits to the Beavers' eight. Jamestown College then met up with Dickinson State in the championship play-in game, and with the season on the line the top-seeded Blue Hawks got their revenge.

Dickinson State pushed two runs across in the third and one more in the fourth to end Jamestown College's season with a 3-1 victory.

The Blue Hawks, who defeated Valley City State 7-1 earlier on Saturday, beat Minot State in Game 1 of the DAC championship, but the Beavers bounced back on Sunday and punched their ticket to the NAIA national tournament with a 4-2 win to claim the DAC title.

The Jimmies finished their season 19-33 overall with most of the team returning next season. Jamestown College will, however, bid farewell to shortstop Amy Shadinger, pitcher Alyssa Record and first baseman Becky Lewis.

MSU 5, Jimmies 1

Jamestown College had no answer for Minot State pitcher Mandy Greenberg, who allowed just two hits and one run in her complete-game effort.

The Jimmies were held out of the hit column for three innings before Celene Eccles finally gave Jamestown College some offense with a leadoff double in the fourth.

Eccles came around to score on back-to-back sacrifice flies, but that would be the only run they would muster the rest of the game.

It didn't take Minot State long to get on the scoreboard as the Beavers put runs up in the first two innings to take a 2-0 lead before Bolt was finally able to hang a zero in the third.

Eccles' run cut the lead to 2-1, but Minot State's Ashley Smoke homered in the bottom of the fourth to put the Beavers back on top by two runs.

Minot State put up two more runs in the fifth to make it 5-1 and Greenberg held on from there to lift the Beavers into the DAC championship game.

Greenberg got the win after fanning eight Jimmie batters, while Bolt suffered the loss by giving up five runs, four earned, over 4 1-3 innings. She was replaced by junior Jessica Lees in the fifth.

DSU 3, Jimmies 1

Jamestown College outhit the reigning DAC regular-season champs 7-4, but the Blue Hawks got the hits when they needed them.

Charnel Zetsch delivered the first timely hit for Dickinson State in the fourth inning when she sent the first pitch of the at-bat over the left field fence for a two-run homer to give the Blue Hawks a 2-0 lead.

Zetsch, who went 2-for-3 in the game, was one of two Blue Hawks to hit six homers in the regular season. The other was Nicole Youngblood.

Shadinger drove in a run with a single to center in the fourth to cut the lead to one run, but Erika Nowack got the run back with an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth to give the Blue Hawks a two-run cushion.

Taysia Kaufman gave up one run on seven hits to pick up the victory.

Bolt went the distance for the Jimmies and gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks. The junior right-hander struck out five.

Dakota Athletic Conference Tournament

at Minot

Saturday

Winner's bracket

Minot State 5, Jamestown College 1

Jimmies 000 100 0 - 1 2 1

Beavers 110 120 X - 5 8 0

J-Steph Bolt, Jessica Lees (5) and Kirstin Enos. M-Mandy Greenberg and Ashley Smoke. W-Greenberg. L-Bolt. 2B: J-Celene Eccles. HR: M-Smoke.

Loser-out game

Dickinson State 3, Jamestown College 1

Jimmies 000 100 0 - 1 7 1

Blue Hawks 002 100 X - 3 4 0

J-Steph Bolt and Kirstin Enos. M-Taysia Kaufman and Brittney Rivas. W-Kaufman. L-Bolt. 2B: J-Heather Haegele, Kelsie Jensen. 3B: D-Nathalie Martinez. HR: D-Charnel Zetsch.

-Courtesy of Jamestown Sun - Dave Griswold