JAMESTOWN, N.D. - The Trojan softball team concluded their four-game series with Jamestown at the McElroy Park Sunday. Jamestown won the first game 8-0 in five innings. The Trojans fell short in the second game as the Jimmies rallied for a 6-5 extra innings victory.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 8-29 and 3-17 in the DAC Conference. Jamestown lifted their overall record to 29-11 and 12-2 in the conference.
Jamestown limited the Trojans to two hits in the game. The Jimmies scored a combined eight runs in the first four innings and ended the game in fifth inning due to an eight-run mercy rule.
Ashley Stevenson and Kelsie Peterson each had a single for the Trojans.
Courtney Wong went 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs for JC. Celene Eccles was perfect behind the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Ashley Smoke went 3-for-3 with three singles. Amy Shadinger and Sarah Heinemann each had a double.
Ashton Lansink suffered the loss for DSU. She tossed four innings and allowed eight runs on 12 hits.
Kate Street recorded a complete game win for Jamestown. She gave up two hits. She struck out six batters.
Danielle Vitale hit a two-run home run to give the Trojans 2-0 lead in the opening inning.
Laura Shanafelt recorded an RBI bunt single to score Peterson to extend DSU's lead to 3-0 in the top of the second inning. Amanda Stevenson hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Jayna Ackersman to expand the Trojans' lead to 4-0.
In the top of the third inning, Jessica McLane hit an RBI single to score Ashley Stevenson to give the Trojans a 5-0 lead.
Jamestown scored four times in the bottom of the third inning to trim the Trojans' lead to 5-4.
JC's Kelsie Jensen hit an RBI double to score Karly Penner to tie the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Both teams were unable to score in the sixth and seventh innings and the game went into extra innings.
Jensen hit an RBI double to score Shadinger as Jamestown secure the victory in eight innings.
Shanafelt went 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI for Dakota State. Ashley Stevenson and Kelsie Peterson each had two hits. Vitale went 1-for-4 with a home run and recorded two RBIs.
For Jamestown, Heineman and Jensen each went 3-for-4. Heather Heagele, Alyssa Lovas and Shadinger each had two hits.
Maddie Willers started the game for the Trojans. She tossed 2 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits. Lansink (4-17) came in relief and took the loss. She pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits.
Jessica Lees pitched 2 1/3 innings for Jamestown. She gave up five runs on seven hits. Cassie Hite tossed 2 2/3 innings in relief and allowed three hits. Street (16-5) recorded the victory as she pitched three shutout innings and gave up two hits.
The Trojans will try to bounce back on Saturday and Sunday as they host Dickinson State in a DAC four-game series at the Thue Softball Complex. The first game is slated to start at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director