DSU flies by Comets: Blue Hawks finish off a 4-game sweep over Mayville State
The Dickinson State softball team has had to play in several types of weather ranging from extreme heat to rain to snow.
The 30 to 40 mph gusts made the playing conditions difficult and unbearable at times, with the umpires having to take a timeout to let the wind, and traveling dust, subside.
“It practically blows you over, you get a big gust or the sand will come through and that sucks too,” DSU pitcher Regan Lawrence said. “Honestly, it was really challenging and not only that, it will lift up your pitches and you’ll throw a good pitch and the wind takes it and it’ll be a ball.”
Despite the endless wind and dust clouds, the Blue Hawks completed the four-game sweep over Mayville State 9-0, 8-0 and finish the regular season on an 18-game win streak.
“We played in wind, rain, snow, sleet, hot and everything,” DSU first baseman Lindsay Sullivan said. “It’s new but we were able to pull through it.”
Lawrence pitched a two-hit shutout in game one and was immediately given help on offense. The Blue Hawks scored in the first three innings and were highlighted by a four-run first inning.
Lawrence started the scoring off with a RBI single, driving in Alex Vargas and Sullivan. Janell LaRont hit another two-run single in the next at-bat to build her team’s comfortable lead.
Lawrence finished 2 for 3 with two RBI and scored a run, while Vargas and Rebecca Lopez each finished 3 for 3 with two runs.
“We have confidence at the plate, we have confidence with our pitchers we have confidence in our defense, we know if we get down we can battle back and get the runs,” DSU head coach Kristen Fleury said.
Mayville State starting pitcher Felicia Gonzales was tagged with the loss and gave up nine runs on 13 hits in 2 1/3 innings. Katrina Newman finished out the game and allowed two hits and struck out two batters.
In game two, Mayville kept the game closer and threatened to break up DSU pitcher Tiffany Morgan’s shutout in the top of the fifth.
With the Blue Hawks up 2-0, shortstop Alexxa Sanabria singled and advanced center fielder Samantha Swimley to third base. With two outs, Katrina Newman — who is batting .468 — stepped to the plate. Fleury made a pitching change to try and throw her off. Lawrence came in and Newman flied out to left to end the scare.
Morgan lasted 4 2/3 innings and gave up just four hits, walked two batters and struck out one.
“Tiff did well, we just unfortunately didn’t give her enough run support. We only had two runs in, with a runner on first and third with their No. 4 batter,” Fleury said. “I thought it was a good opportunity to bring Regan in to be some different type of pitching.”
DSU opened up in the bottom of the sixth and scored six runs to end the game at five innings. Sullivan went 2 for 3 with a run and RBI, LaRont was 2 for 3 at the plate with 2 runs and a RBI and Brianna Grayson hit the game-ending two-run double.
Saturday’s games not only marked the end of the regular season — the Blue Hawks finished 35-13 overall, 20-1 in the conference and undefeated at home — it also marked the final home games for DSU’s three seniors, Sullivan, Jennifer Huebner and Jamie Coyle.
Coyle and Huebner have only been a part of the team for the last two seasons, but said this year has been more fun.
“I only had two years here but last year was getting my feet wet and was like ‘oh back in softball again, never take years off ever,” Huebner said with a smile. “But this year we’re definitely more of a family than ever.”
Sullivan has spent the past four seasons with the team and has enjoyed watching the team, and herself grow on and off the field.
“I’ve been here four years and you see the team grow and how you mature and how everybody else on the team matures and it’s just you get closer and closer to people,” she said.
The Blue Hawks will take today and Monday off and get back to work to get ready for the conference tournament starting Friday at University of Jamestown.
“We’re gonna get back in it, hopefully outside and continue to do what we’ve been doing,” Fleury said. “We’re not going to change anything, we just got to play our game and hope that carries us through the conference tournament.”
Mayville St 000 00 — 0 2 0
DSU 432 0x — 9 15 1
Mayville St., Felicia Gonzales, Katrina Newman (3) and Jaime Scott. DSU, Regan Lawrence and Brianna Grayson.
W–Lawrence. L–Gonzales. HR–none.
Highlights: Mayville St., Alexxa Sanabria 1 for 2; Gonzales 1 for 1. DSU., Rebecca Lopez 2 for 3, 2 runs, 2B; Monique Yslas 3 for 3, 2 runs; Alex Vargas 3 for 3, 2 runs (2) 2B, 2 RBI; Lindsay Sullivan 1 for 2, run, 2 RBI; Grayson 1 for 3 run, RBI; Lawrence 2 for 3, SB, 2 RBI, run; Janell LaRont 1 for 3, 2 RBI.
Mayville St 000 00 — 0 4 2
DSU 110 06 — 8 9 1
Mayville St., Katrina Newman and Jaime Scott. DSU, Tiffany Morgan, Lawrence (5) and Claudia Torres.
W–Morgan. L–Newman. HR–none.
Highlights: Mayville St., Swimley 1 for 3; Sanabria 1 for 3; Newman 2 for 3. DSU., LaRont 2 for 3, 3B, 2B, 2 runs, RBI; Sullivan 2 for 3, 2B, run, RBI; Lopez 1 for 3, run, RBI; Yslas 1 for 2, run, 2B; Vargas 1 for 3, 2RBI, run; Lawrence run; McKenzie Kenobbie run, SB.