Lawrence Named NSAA Conference Pitcher of the Week

Lawrence Named NSAA Conference Pitcher of the Week

MADISON, S.D. – The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) announced its seventh edition of the Softball Players-of-the-Week honors, the conference office announced Monday.  Cejay Hilhorst of Valley City State (N.D.) was selected to its Player-of-the-Week honor while Regan Lawrence of Dickinson State (N.D.) was picked as its Pitcher-of-the-Week for her second straight week. 

North Star Athletic Association Softball Player-of-the-Week
Cejay Hilhorst – Valley City State (N.D.) – 5'8" – Junior – Third Base – Killarney, Manitoba – Hilhorst lit it up offensively last week with a .471 batting average, 12 runs, two home runs and drove in 10 runs as Valley City State (N.D.) went 5-1 record for the week.  Of her eight hits in 17 plate appearances, seven were extra base-hits with four doubles, a triple and two home runs.  She recorded an impressive 1.176 slugging percentage and drew six walks, which led to .583 on-base percentage.

North Star Athletic Association Softball Pitcher-of-the-Week
Regan Lawrence – Dickinson State (N.D.) – 5'5" – Senior – Pitcher – Stonewall, Manitoba – Lawrence earned four pitching victories as Dickinson State (N.D.) went 6-1 record for the week.  She tossed three complete game victories at Jamestown (N.D.) and a pair against Presentation (S.D.).  She also had a victory from relief versus the Saints in 2 2/3 scoreless and hittless innings.  For the week, Lawrence worked for 23 2/3 innings and allowed five runs (three unearned) on 16 hits.  She recorded 21 strikeouts and posted an earned run average (ERA) of 0.59 for the week.

Recap from last week's games
The NSAA Conference action continued on April 22 with a doubleheader for each member.  Dickinson State (N.D.) won the battle of top two teams at Jamestown (N.D.).  The Blue Hawks earned a season series split with the Jimmies after winning 5-3 in the first game and 5-1 in the second game.

Dakota State (S.D.) split a pair of NSAA conference games at Presentation (S.D.) on April 22.  The Trojans held off the Saints 9-6 in the first game, but the Saints answered back with a 6-0 victory in the second game.

Valley City State (N.D.) concluded their home schedule with a sweep over Mayville State (N.D.).  The Vikings won by the score of 12-4 in the first game and 11-7 in the second game.

Dickinson State played a pair of games at NCAA Division II Black Hills State (S.D.) on April 23.  The Blue Hawks lost the first game in an exhibition game by the score of 12-9.  BHSU rallied back to defeat DiSU in a regular-season game by the score of 4-3 in eight innings.

All six conference members played their final NSAA four-game series last weekend.  Jamestown swept all four games at Mayville State to secure the NSAA Softball regular-season title with 18-2 record.  The Jimmies defeated the Comets 8-4 and 10-1 in six innings on April 25.  UJ added two more wins on April 26 with 13-0 shutout victory in five innings and concluded the series with a 3-1 victory.

UJ finished their regular-season with an overall record of 33-12.  MSU is 6-30 overall record and 5-15 NSAA conference with fifth place finish in the NSAA standings.

Dickinson State swept all four games with Presentation in Dickinson, N.D.  The Blue Hawks swept the Saints 11-2 in six innings and 5-0 in the second game on April 25.  On April 26, DiSU defeated PC 8-5 in the first game and rallied back to defeat Presentation 6-5 in the fourth game.  Dickinson State is 36-9 overall record with a 17-3 NSAA conference record, finishing second in the standings.  Presentation is 19-31 overall record and fourth in the standings with 7-13 record.

Valley City State moved up to third in the conference standings after going 5-1 record in the NSAA action.  The Vikings swept the Trojans 'under the lights' on April 25 by the scores of 12-6 and 14-4 in five innings.  DaSU went on to defeat VCSU 4-1 in the third game of the series on April 26 before the Vikings cruised to a 19-1 victory in the NSAA's four-game series finale.

VCSU is 22-20 overall record and 9-11 NSAA conference record.  DaSU is 5-32 overall record and 4-16 NSAA record.

Looking Ahead This Week
Dakota State is scheduled to play a pair of opponents to conclude their regular-season schedule.  The Trojans visit their in-state rival Mount Marty (S.D.) Monday (today) in a doubleheader.  On Wednesday, DaSU is set to face NCAA Division I South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D.

The 2015 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Softball Conference Postseason Tournament brackets had been set for May 1-3, 2015.  Dakota State (S.D.) will be this year's tournament host and all games will take place at Thue Softball Complex.

Top seed and regular-season champion Jamestown (N.D.) (33-12 overall record, 18-2 NSAA conference record) will play No. 6 seed Dakota State (5-32, 4-16 NSAA) to kick off the NSAA Tournament Opening Round on Friday, May 1 at 9 a.m. 

The other two opening round games on Friday feature No. 2 seed Dickinson State (36-9, 17-3 NSAA) taking on No. 5 seed Mayville State (N.D.) (6-30, 5-15 NSAA) at 11 a.m.  At 1 p.m., No. 3 seed Valley City State (N.D.) (22-20, 9-11 NSAA) plays No. 4 seed Presentation (S.D.) (19-31, 7-13 NSAA).

The NSAA Softball Tournament will be played according to the NAIA-Softball Coaches' Association Six-Team Double-Elimination Bracket.  The tournament champion receives an automatic berth to the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round, which will be played on May 11-13 at ten different campus announced by the NAIA.  The NAIA Softball World Series takes place in Sioux City, Iowa on May 22-28.

The postseason runs through Sunday, May 3 with the championship game.  Pairings may need to be adjusted after the outcomes of Game 5 and 6 on Friday.

2015 North Star Athletic Association Softball Championship – hosted by Dakota State University (S.D.) – Thue Softball Complex – Madison, S.D. (Times are Central Time)

Friday, May 1, 2015
Game 1:  No. 1 seed Jamestown (N.D.) (33-12 overall record, 18-2 NSAA record) vs. No. 6 seed Dakota State (S.D.) (5-32, 4-16 NSAA) – 9 a.m.
Game 2:  No. 2 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) (36-9, 17-3 NSAA) vs. No. 5 seed Mayville State (N.D.) (6-30, 5-15 NSAA) – 11 a.m.
Game 3:  No. 3 seed Valley City State (N.D.) (22-20, 9-11 NSAA) vs. No. 4 seed Presentation (S.D.) (19-31, 7-13 NSAA) – 1 p.m.
Game 4:  Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 3 p.m.
Game 5:  Winner Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3 – 5 p.m.
Game 6:  Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3 – 7 p.m.

Note:  Pairings may need to be adjusted after the outcomes of Game 5 and 6 on Friday, May 1.  

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Game 7:  Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 – 1 p.m.
Game 8:  Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 6 – 3 p.m.
Game 9:  Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 7 – 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Game 10:  Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner – 1 p.m. (Championship Game)
Game 11:  Game 10 winner vs. Game 10 winner – 3 p.m. (If necessary if Game 7 winner suffer first loss in Game 10) Winner advances to 2015 NAIA Softball National Tournament Opening Round

2015 NSAA Softball Conference Standings

School

Overall
Record

NSAA
Record

Games
Behind

Streak

Jamestown (N.D.)

33-12

18-2

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Won 4

Dickinson State (N.D.)

36-8

17-3

4.0

Won 4

Valley City State (N.D.)

22-20

9-11

9.0

Won 1

Presentation (S.D.)

19-31

7-13

11.0

Lost 4

Mayville State (N.D.)

6-30

5-15

13.0

Lost 6

Dakota State (S.D.)

5-32

4-16

14.0

Lost 1


Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director