PHOTO GALLERY - Photos credits by Cody Welu and Tyler Flaagan
MADISON, S.D. – No. 2 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) used nine extra-base hits and reached on base by a walk seven times Friday afternoon, cruising to 15-1 5-inning victory over No. 5 seed Mayville State (N.D.) in the elimination game of the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Softball Conference Tournament at Thue Softball Complex.
After recording the first two outs in the bottom first, the Blue Hawks next eight batters reached safely and produced seven runs for a 7-0 opening lead. During that scoring run, Dickinson State recorded two doubles and four singles.
DiSU continued their scoring outburst in the bottom second inning, highlighted by Alex Vargas' lead-off triple. Regan Lawrence and Monique Yslas each also added a double in the inning as the Blue Hawks' lead grew to 10-0.
Mayville State scored its only run of the game in the top third inning. Onalise Rodriguez recorded an RBI fielder's choice to trim DiSU's lead to 10-1.
The Blue Hawks took advantage of reaching the base by a walk three times in the bottom third inning, along with two doubles and two singles to produce five runs. Dickinson State expanded their lead to 15-1 after three innings.
DiSU ended MSU's season at 7-32 overall record after the Blue Hawks retired all three batters in the top fifth.
Seven different Blue Hawk players recorded a double in the game, with a pair by Lawrence and a piece by Claudia Torres, Janell LaRont, Yslas, Alex Vargas, Brianna Grayson and McKenzie Kenobbie. Rebecca Lopez earned two hits and three RBIs. Vargas had a triple. Yslas collected four RBIs and swiped two bases.
Nina Gurgian, Monica Gomez and Megan Rabe each had a single for the Comets.
DiSU outhit MSU 15-3 in the game.
Lawrence (20-5) earned the victory on the pitching mound for Dickinson State. She tossed three innings and gave up an unearned run on two hits. Alexzandria Watson closed the game in the last two innings and allowed a hit.
MSU used three different pitchers in the game. Haley Kravetz started the game and worked for two innings, giving up six runs on five hits. Gomez tossed one inning in relief, allowing four runs (one unearned) on six hits. Felicia Gonzales also pitched for an inning, allowing five runs on four hits.
Dickinson State faces another elimination game as they play No. 3 seed Valley City State (N.D.) at 5 p.m. The winner will move on to Sunday's championship game versus No. 1 seed Jamestown (N.D.) (38-12 overall record) at 1 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director