From Mark McKenzie
JAMESTOWN, ND. (NewsDakota.com) – Payton Hochhalter is having a memorable final year of high school.
The Senior Quarterbacked the Blue Jay football team to back to back titles in the Class “A” division last Fall, started on the boys basketball team that qualified for state in March and now he is helping make history with the Blue Jay baseball team.
The future Jimmie allowed only one hit in six innings of work in the opening round of the WDA tournament Thursday at Jack Brown Stadium as the Jays knocked off Bismarck 4-0.
Hochhalter also came through with two hits at the plate, a run scored and an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth that spearheaded a three run inning and helped put the game out of reach.
Junior Tyson Jorissen banged out two doubles and knocked in a run and scored a run, Senior Carson Orr had a hit and an RBI, Senior Reagan Sortland added an RBI double and Senior Brooks Roaldson ripped an RBI double.
Senior Jackson Walters hit a double, scored a run and closed out the game on the mound in relief, with a scoreless seventh inning.
The Jays are the #1 ranked team in the state in Class “A” and are the top seed in the WDA Tournament after capturing its first regular season conference title in program history last week.
The Blue Jays out hit the Demons 10-2. Senior Cole Jahner had both hits for the Demons.
Jamestown improves to 16-3 and will face Mandan in the semifinals Friday night at 630pm with coverage on Q101 and newsdakota.com.