Ibesate is crazy consistent in batter’s box for Jamestown

April 15, 2016

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Lance Ibesate

The University of Jamestown’s Lance Ibesate of Juneau is crazy consistent with the bat.

The second baseman has nearly an identical batting average, slugging percentage and stolen base totals in each of the last two NAIA seasons.

He hit .368 in 46 games last year and .366 in 41 games this year while his slugging percentage has been .485 and .486. He’s also swiped exactly 20 bags each year.

There hasn’t been a more a consistent hitter from Alaska than Ibesate at the college level over that time.

“My approach at the plate is a gap-to-gap approach,” Ibesate told me. “It’s something we’ve been working on all year and it’s showing with our team.”

Ibesate, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, currently is riding a 14-game hitting streak for Jamestown, which has won 38 of 41 games this year.

“I’ve been having success at the plate not because of myself but because of the teammates I have,” he said. “With the pitch staff and hitters I have, makes my job simple.”

Ibesate’s 14-game hitting streak is the longest of any player from Alaska this season. Anchorage’s Sagan Osborne of Dickinson State had a 13-game hitting streak earlier this season and Pacific Lutheran’s Tyler Thompson of Anchorage owns a current 11-game hitting streak.

Ibesate and Osborne were on the same field last weekend during a four-game series in North Dakota.

Ibesate went 6-for-14 [.428] with four runs and three RBIs as his team won three of four. Osborne went 5-for-17 [.294] with five RBIs.

“Facing another Alaskan is always a pleasure,” Ibesate said. “It’s always fun competing with someone you have something in common with, and that’s having played in The Last Frontier.”