Dickinson uses early runs to defeat Spartans
MINOT — The Dickinson High softball team didn’t wait long to put Fargo North in a deficit.
Dickinson — the No. 2 seed from the West — used the early run production to defeat the Spartans — No. 3-seeded from the East — 8-5 during the North Dakota Class A state softball tournament.
In the first inning, the Midgets’ opening run came on a Mackee Hoffmann RBI double. Dickinson senior Riana Cooper drove in the next run, while Madison Jahner scored on an error.
Jahner went 2 for 2 with a double, two RBI and scored two runs. Hoffmann posted a RBI double, while Cooper went 1 for 4 with a RBI.
During the second inning, Dickinson’s Riley Cooper scored on a wild and Jahner posted a two-run double to left field. The Midgets’ leadoff hitter — Rachel Jahner — went 2 for 3 and scored two runs.The Midgets’ senior pitcher Haley Butterfield picked up the win. She went 5⅓ innings, allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits and struck out eight. Madison Jahner finished the final 1⅔ innings, allowed two earned runs and gave up seven walks.Fargo North’s Alexis Olek posted a pair of hits including a RBI and a run scored. Samantha Trana, Santana Roder, Aundra Carter and Madeline Deleon each had a hit. Deleon was tagged with the loss after she went six innings, allowed eight runs (six earned) on seven hits, walked seven and struck out three.With the win the Midgets have a 27-5 record, they continue the state tournament with West Fargo in the semifinals at 3:30 p.m. today. Dickinson hasn’t play the Packers this season.
Fargo N. 111 110 0 — 5 6 4Dickinson 330 011 x — 8 3 0Fargo N., Madeline Deleon. Dickinson, Haley Butterfield and Mackee Hoffman.W–Butterfield. L–Deleon. HR–none.Highlights: Fargo N., Santana Roder 1 for 4, 2B. Madison Jahner, 1 for 1, 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Rachel Jahner 2 for 3, 2 runs; Riana Cooper 1 for 4, RBI.