For a Minot High School softball team that is committed to small ball, even clean-up batter Miranda Fenner is a bunting candidate.
The senior laid down two well-placed sacrifices Tuesday, forcing the second-year Jamestown program to make difficult plays.
The Blue Jays responded with two throwing mistakes and the errors resulted in high-scoring innings for the Majettes, who won game one of a doubleheader 12-6 at South Hill Complex. The Majettes won 15-5 in five innings in game two.
Minot High School senior Hannah Gefroh hits a two-RBI single against Jamestown on Tuesday at South Hill Complex. Gefroh batted 4-for-6 in the doubleheader.
"Everyone in our lineup can bunt at any time," MHS coach Gerard Cederstrom said. "That's kind of what we live by. They didn't make the plays on it and we just kept the pressure on."
Fenner's first bunt came with the score tied at 3-3 in the fifth inning. After Jamestown's miscue, the Majettes (10-7 overall, 9-7 West Region) recorded a five-run inning. Fenner bunted again an inning later as part of a four-run frame.
"They're giving us two outs and we need to capitalize on that and take those two outs," Jamestown coach Mike Soulis said. "If you minimize it to one run instead of four or five, now it's a whole different ballgame. They don't have the momentum and we don't have our shoulders down."
After allowing three runs in the third inning, MHS junior Lexi Benno surrendered just one hit in the Blue Jays' next three trips to the plate. The righty kept Jamestown's hitters off balance throughout the contest, notching seven of her nine strikeouts in the final four innings.
"I thought Lexi actually threw a pretty good game, for the most part," Cederstrom said. "She had a few times when she didn't hit her spots, and they've got some pretty good hitters in their lineup and they made her pay for it."
The Blue Jays (4-9, 4-9) scored three runs in the top of the seventh, but Minot had the game well in hand.
Benno reached base in each of her four plate appearances, resulting in a run each time. Senior Hannah Gefroh drilled a pair of RBI singles through the left side of the infield after popping out weakly in her first at-bat.
"I felt pretty confident overall," Gefroh said. "My first (at-bat) wasn't great, but I came back strong."
Junior Ashley Gathman (2-for-3, two RBIs) and sophomore Haddie Lucy (2-for-2, two RBIs) also fared well against Jamestown pitcher Kadie Anderson, who allowed eight hits.
In game two, MHS freshman Cassie Askvig picked up the victory as Lucy, Gefroh, senior Jessie Kongelf and junior McKaya Johnson tallied two hits apiece. Minot scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to win by 10-run rule.
Fenner, Gefroh and Kongelf were honored between games in a Senior Night ceremony. The Majettes will be the visitors in a doubleheader against Bishop Ryan beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at South Hill Complex.