Courtesy of Midland Athletics
|MITCHELL, S.D. – Playing on the field home to a third conference team, Midland University faced the University of Jamestown in Mitchell, South Dakota. A massive snowstorm, followed by another one forecasted, force the Warriors and Jimmies to play at Cadwell Park, home of the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers. Jamestown felt right at home, earning the sweep in dominant fashion, 11-1 and 18-8. The setbacks drop Midland to 24-17 overall and 11-13 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC).
GAME ONE: Jamestown 11, Midland 1
The Jimmies jumped out to a massive lead with seven runs in the bottom of the 1st and never looked back. They added three more before the Warriors cracked the scoreboard with a run in the top of the 5th.
Midland’s lone run of the game came on a two-out double by Chase Reynolds. Alec Villanueva scored on the play after getting aboard via a Jamestown error to begin the inning.
The Warriors were shut down offensively by the Jimmies, with just four hits in the opener.
· Chase Reynolds: 1-for-4, RBI, 2B
· Dakota Thornton: 1-for-3, 2B
GAME TWO: Jamestown 18, Midland 8
After being held in check in the first game, Midland struck first with two runs in the top half of the opening inning. Chase Reynolds led off the game with a double to left-center and then scored on a Dakota Thornton double to center field in the next at-bat. After an infield groundout, Conner Petersen drove in Thornton from third with a flyball to center.
The lead was short-lived as Jamestown once again posted a big number in their first at-bat. The Jimmies scored six runs on six hits, aided by a pair of Midland errors to take the lead after one.
Midland’s offense continued to produce throughout the game, with six runs in the next four innings. Jamestown had an answer each time though.
In the 2nd, Alec Villanueva doubled and then scored on a single by Trey Nichols. The Jimmies countered with three runs to make it 9-3.
Three runs came across in the 3rd for Midland. Following an error by the first baseman, Peyton Garbers and Petersen worked walks to load the bases. Bakari Gayle drove in two runs on a single to center and then Petersen came in on a passed ball.
After holding the Jimmies scoreless in the 3rd, the Warriors got another run back in the 4th. Reynolds began the inning with a single and then scored on a two-out double by Petersen. Jamestown matched it with a run of their own to keep their lead at three runs, 10-7.
The 5th saw the Warriors plate their final run of the game. With two outs, Nichols singled and Kyle Weber came on to run for him. Tyler Foster singled and moved Weber into scoring position, and then Reynolds hit an RBI single.
Jamestown scored four in the 5th and four in the 6th to put Midland on tilt heading into the 7th inning. Trailing by ten, the Warriors’ offense needed to produce in order to keep the game going.
Unfortunately, they did not. The Jimmies closed out the doubleheader sweep with three flyball outs.
· Chase Reynolds: 3-for-5, 2 R, RBI, 2B
· Dakota Thornton: 1-for-4, 2 R, RBI
· Bakari Gayle: 1-for-4, 2 RBI
· Trey Nichols: 3-for-4, RBI
· Connor Petersen: 2-for-3, R, 2 RBI, 2B
Midland (24-17, 11-13 GPAC) will look to regroup heading into the final week of the regular season. They’ll host Mount Marty (30-3, 14-8 GPAC) on Saturday in Fremont. The teams will take the diamond at Moller Field for a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader on April 30.