One rough inning was all it took to put a damper on senior day for the Minot High softball team after a nearly flawless start to the afternoon.
The Majettes opened their doubleheader with Jamestown with an 11-1 victory in the opener, compiling 11 hits while surrendering just three.
The roles were reversed in the second game as the Blue Jays hit the ball around the yard and the Majettes couldn't muster much offense in a 10-5 loss for a series split Friday at South Hill Complex.
Minot High senior Ashley Gathman slides safely into home plate in front of the tag of Jamestown’s Ashlie Meier during Game 1 of a doubleheader Friday at South Hill Complex.
Halie Rostad went 4-for-7 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored in Minot’s series split with Jamestown.
"This is our third doubleheader that we've struggled in the first game and came out in the second game and shown what we're capable of doing," Jamestown coach Mike Soulis said. "It's fun when you can play like that."
The Majettes (6-6 overall, 4-4 West Region) wasted little time in establishing momentum in the opener, scoring four runs in the first inning. They brought nine batters to the plate in the first. Senior Ashley Gathman delivered an RBI single down the third baseline to score classmate Hannah Schiele from second. Gathman would steal home for the third run of the inning.
"We changed things up," Gathman said. "We were all in different positions for the most part. I think it helped us. We were on our edge. We wanted to play. We wanted to win."
Minot added three runs in the second and two in both the third and fourth innings. The Majettes' leadoff hitter reached base in all four innings. Eight batters got on base and their first five batters in the lineup accounted for 10 runs.
Gathman and Halie Rostad led the Majettes with three hits apiece. Gathman had two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored. Junior Sam Schiele finished 2-for-4, her two-run triple in the fourth pushing Minot's lead to 11-0.
"We were ready to go and I was hoping it would carry over, but for some reason it didn't," Minot coach Gerard Cederstrom said. "We were really focused in Game 1. They came out and almost all aspects were perfect. We need to do that all the time."
Minot sophomore Cassie Askvig dominated the Blue Jays in the circle. She held Jamestown without a hit until Kadie Anderson's one-out triple to left field in the fourth. Askvig allowed one run and scattered three hits while striking out seven. She struck out five straight batters between the second and third innings.
Jamestown's Jaydee Lange doubled in the fifth, scoring Paige Peterson for the Blue Jays' only run of the game.
Jamestown's bats came alive in the nightcap, erasing an early deficit. The Majettes grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third when senior Lexi Benno singled to left field, scoring Hannah Schiele. Benno faced 23 pitches during the at-bat, fouling off 19.
It was all Blue Jays from there. Jamestown scored nine unanswered runs - seven coming in the fifth. The Blue Jays (3-11, 1-11) recorded four extra-base hits during that span. Jamestown sent 12 batters to the plate in the fifth.
"We just weren't mentally ready," Cederstrom said. "I give (Jamestown) credit, they just started hitting peas everywhere. They were hitting line shots and scored runs off it. We didn't wake up until we were down 9-1. We can't afford to take any innings off."
Minot had two hits through five innings before closing the gap with a three-run sixth to get within 9-4, but Jamestown pitcher Jaydee Lange got out of a bases-loaded jam to stop the rally.
The Majettes host Devils Lake today at noon at South Hill Complex.
Mike Kraft covers Minot High athletics. Follow him on Twitter @MKraft24_MDN.