Jimmies Fend Off Warriors, Complete NSAA Series Sweep

The University of Jamestown fended off the Waldorf University baseball team during Monday’s North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) doubleheader.

Jamestown (21-8, 4-0) secured an 11-5 victory in the opener and took a 2-0 win in the nightcap, completing a four-game series sweep against the Warriors (6-22, 0-4).

“We hit the ball, but just didn’t have enough two-out hits,” Waldorf coach Joe Tautges said.

Sophomore Jimmy Quirk went 2-for-4 with a double for the Warriors in Game 1. Junior Joey Ponder finished 2-for-4 with an RBI single. Sophomore Mitchell Keeran smacked a two-run double. Junior Garrett Gillen added an RBI single and senior Ryan Villarreal contributed a double. The Warriors received singles from senior Kellan Mick, juniors Riley MacDonald and Eric Mallo to round out Waldorf’s 10 hits.

“We had good approaches and had really good swings off their starter,” Tautges said. “We just couldn’t make anything happen to get some big innings.”

Jamestown’s Tyler Ludlow went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run. Landon Uetz and Quinn Irey each finished 2-for-4 with a solo homer. Kory Wolden and Peter Pennylegion both recorded doubles. The Jimmies compiled 13 hits.

Logan Lund (4-2) notched the win. He struck out four batters, issued two walks and allowed three runs on seven hits in five and one-third innings. Nick Torres tallied two strikeouts and gave up a walk in two and two-thirds innings. Gabriel Kastenmeier walked a batter and relinquished two runs on three hits in one inning.

Senior Dave Erickson (0-7) took the loss. He fanned a batter, allowed two walks and surrendered seven runs on eight hits in five and one-third innings. Senior Dean Mick came in for two innings of relief. He issued two walks and gave up two runs on two hits. Junior Adam Kovash finished the final one and two-thirds innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits.

Pennylegion doubled in a run during the top of the second to put the Jimmies on the board.

Matt Noll scored in the third off an error following a stolen base by Nico Kelly.

Mitchell Keeran ripped a two-run double in the fourth to even the score at 2-all.

Alex Sablan singled in a run during the fifth. Jamestown went up 6-2 after a three-run blast from Ludlow.

Irey led off the sixth by crushing a solo homer.

Ponder cut Jamestown’s lead to 7-3 with a run-scoring single in the sixth.

Scooter Turin and Taichi Sasaki provided RBI singles in the eighth. Sasaki scored later in the inning as the result of a fielding error from a failed pickoff attempt.

Uetz started the ninth with a solo homer, putting the Jimmies ahead 11-3.

During their half of the ninth, Ponder scored off a wild pitch and Gillen singled in a run.

Kellan Mick went 2-for-2 for the Warriors in Game 2. Gillen finished 2-for-3 with a double while senior Michael Keeran tallied a double to round out Waldorf’s five hits.

Sablan slapped an RBI double for the Jimmies. Uetz produced a double, while Wolden, Irey and Pennylegion added singles. The Jimmies put together five hits.

Chase Thometz (3-2) earned the win after recording a five-hit shutout and punching out seven batters.

Michael Keeran (2-5) was tagged with the loss. He fanned three batters and relinquished two runs on five hits in seven innings.

“Michael threw a really good game and [Thometz] threw a good game as well,” Tautges said.

Waldorf had a couple of innings cut short as a result of plays on the base paths.

“We ran ourselves out of a couple of innings by missing some signs,” Tautges said.

Michael Keeran led off the first with a double and Gillen singled Michael Keeran to third. The Jimmies got out of the first by recording a strikeout and turning a double play.

Noll put the Jimmies ahead 1-0 by scoring while the Warriors put out a runner on a rundown.

Mitchell Keeran was hit by a pitch during the bottom of the second. Kellan Mick moved Mitchell Keeran to second on a single. Mitchell Keeran made it to third off a wild pitch, but the Jimmies kept the Warriors off the board.

Sablan delivered an RBI double in the seventh to add an insurance run for Jamestown.

“It was tough not being able to take a game from Jamestown,” Tautges said. “That would have been key for us. Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out.”

The Warriors host William Penn University (14-13) for a doubleheader on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

“It will be about who can throw the most strikes, who can have the best pitching and who can make the most plays,” Tautges said. “They are a good opponent and we will hopefully get a couple of wins going into the weekend.”

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