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Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson sophomore shortstop Rachel Jahner dives to stop a ground ball on Tuesday evening in a game against Dawson County (Mont.) at Gress Softball Complex.

Midgets stick a fork in Red Devils

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The bats were in full force Tuesday at Gress Softball Complex.

Well, at least for the Dickinson High softball team.

The Midgets used a 10-run first inning to defeat Dawson County (Mont.) 18-2 in five innings.

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"It was good to see our bats come to life again," Dickinson head coach Bill Butterfield said. "They kind of took a hiatus for the last few games. We hit some real good shots."

Dickinson totaled 16 hits to go along with no errors on the field. Dickinson senior Kelsey Lafond said cutting down errors is one facet being stressed.

"We really focused on that in practice this week," she said. "It's something we really want to work on, because at the beginning of the season we had a lot of errors."

Lafond went 3-for-3 with two doubles and scored two runs for the Midgets. She also stepped in the pitching circle and tossed two innings of scoreless relief. Lafond pitched in the Midgets' (5-5) two games in the West Fargo Invitational on Saturday.

"It's really helpful to see all the different teams," Lafond said. "It's really beneficial to pitch this much at the beginning of the season, because it's going to pay off in the end."

Dickinson sophomore pitcher Haley Butterfield, who has been lights out at home this season, continued to throw strong, allowing two runs and striking out four over three innings.

"Haley didn't get any work this weekend (in West Fargo)," Bill Butterfield said. "We are just kind of getting ready for a weekend trip up to Minot and Belcourt."

The story wasn't the same for Dawson County pitcher Haylee Storlie, who got knocked around, allowing 18 runs and striking out two.

The Red Devils have five freshmen starting on the field and head coach Laurie Nelson said it's been tough in the early part of the season.

"We dealing with a young team," she said. "We graduated eight girls and everyone is basically new. It's a learning, game experience every time we come out."

The Midgets scored 10 runs on 10 hits in the first inning, which was sparked by a Rachel Jahner triple and a Lafond double.

"We were really patient in our at bats and we really waited for the pitches we knew we would be able to hit," Lafond said. "We saw the ball well."

Dickinson struck again in the second inning with seven runs and a big two-run triple off the bat of Jessica Priebe.

The Midgets hit the road to visit Minot Ryan in a West Region doubleheader at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

"It's something to build on," Bill Butterfield said. "The girls have been struggling a little bit. Some of them have been struggling at the plate, but everybody's hitting tonight and that's something to build on."

DC 1 0 1 00 -- 2 2 2

Dickinson 10 7 0 01 -- 18 16 0

Haylee Storlie and Samantha Burman. Haley Butterfield, Kelsey Lafond (4) and Lexi Yates. W-Butterfield. L-Storlie. HR-None.

Highlights: DC, Storlie 1-for-3, 2B; Chantal Ryan 1-for-2. D, Kelsey Lafond 3-for-3, 2 2B, 2 runs; Briana Farnsworth 2-for-2, 2 runs; Madi Steier 3-for-3, 2 runs; Jessica Priebe 2-for-3, 3B, 2 runs; Haley Butterfield 3-for-4, 2B, 2 runs; Rachel Jahner 1-for-3, 2 runs; Sierra Rohr 1-for-2, 2 runs; Beth Honeyman 1-for-3, 2 runs; Lexi Yates 1-for-4, 2B.

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