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Blue Hawks softball sweeps Antelope Valley

TUSCON, Ariz. — After the Dickinson State softball team split its doubleheader on Wednesday, the Blue Hawks responded with a sweep on Thursday.

The Blue Hawks defeated Antelope Valley (Calif.) 2-0 and 2-1 in games one and two, respectively.

Both games were a pitching battle and DSU junior Janell LaRont set the tone in the first game. LaRont pitched a complete game, allowed four hits, no runs and struck out six.

Both DSU’s runs came from centerfielder McKenzie Kenobbie.

In the bottom of the third, rightfielder Kailey Olcott doubled to left for her to come in. Kenobbie scored in the fifth inning on a wild pitch thrown by Maya Varela. Kenobbie went 1 for 1 with two runs and Olcott went 1 for 2 with a RBI.

In the second game, Antelope Valley generated a little more offense. DSU scored first as Kenobbie came home on a wild pitch in the first inning, but it would be several innings until the team scored again.

Both pitchers kept the batters in check and on base until the bottom of the seventh when Alexis Gonzalez singled to center and third baseman Ruby Barroso scored. In the top of the eighth, LaRont singled to center to drive in Olcott for the game-winning run.

LaRont went 1 for 4 with an RBI and Kenobbie went 3 for 4 with a run. Junior Regan Lawrence picked up the win in the circle, allowed five hits in eight innings with eight strikeouts.

Jasmine Lopez pitched for the Pioneers with six hits and two runs in eight innings. She struck out two and walked one.

DSU returns to the field for another doubleheader today. The Blue Hawks play Avila University (Mo.) at 9 a.m. and Oklahoma Baptist University at 11 a.m.

Dickinson State 2, Antelope Valley (Calif.) 0

UAV 000 000 0 — 0 4 1

DSU 001 010 x — 2 4 0

Maya Varela and Liliana Rivera. Janell LaRont and Brianna Grayson.

W–LaRont. L–Varela. HR–None.

Highlights: UVA, Kiyanna Watley 2 for 3; Rivera 1 for 3; Alejandra Valdivia 1 for 3. DSU, McKenzie Kenobbie 1 for 1, 2 runs, BB; Kailey Olcott 1 for 2, 2B, RBI; Justeena Gutierrez 1 for 2; Lindsey Sullivan 1 for 3, 2B.

Dickinson State 2, Antelope Valley (Calif.) 1

DSU 100 000 01 — 2 6 2

UVA 000 000 10 — 1 5 1

Regan Lawrence and Brianna Grayson. Jasmine Lopez and Liliana Rivera.

W–Lawrence. L–Lopez. HR–None.

Highlights: DSU, McKenzie Kenobbie 3 for 4, run; Janell LaRont 1 for 4, RBI; Grayson 1 for 2, 3B; Alex Vargas 1 for 3; Kailey Olcott run. UVA, Ruby Barroso 1 for 3, run; Michelle Hartson 1 for 2; Lopez 1 for 1; Alexandra Sanchez 1 for 4, 2B; Chelsea Eli-Kido 1 for 3.