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Midgets sweep Patriots: Dickinson grabs a pair of West Region wins over Bismarck Century

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson senior first baseman Sierra Rohr stretches out for a throw before Bismarck Century’s Jordan Picard during the first game of a West Region doubleheader on Thursday at Gress Softball Complex. The Midgets swept the Patriots 4-2 and 4-0.

All the Dickinson High softball team needed was a spark.

The spark came from Mackee Hoffmann’s two-run, game-winning single in the opening game against Bismarck Century.

Dickinson used the momentum to grab a pair of West Region wins over The Patriots 4-2 and 4-0 on Thursday at Gress Softball Complex.

“It definitely shows that if the game isn’t going our way, we can have one hit and that can change the whole mood in the dugout,” Dickinson sophomore Madison Jahner said. “It’s really important just being able to pick it up.”

With the sweep, the Midgets improved to 13-0 overall and 10-0 in the West Region. The 13-0 start is the best in program history.

Jahner and Haley Butterfield didn’t allow many chances for Century in the circle.

The sophomore pitcher went seven scoreless innings, allowed three hits and struck out nine in the second game. Butterfield finished with seven innings, allowed two runs on six hits and struck out three.

Dickinson head coach Bill Butterfield has been impressed with the two starters this season. Yet, he admitted he also expected it.

“I hate to say yes, but yeah,” he said. “These girls have worked hard for what they have. It’s fun to see them work in the offseason and they just do a lot of good things. They stepped in and threw what they had to throw.”

In the first game, the Patriots scored a run in the first and second innings. Haley Butterfield closed the door on any chances through the next five innings.

After Dickinson’s Avery Privratsky drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game in the fourth inning, Hoffmann ripped a two-RBI single past Century shortstop Maya Chuppe for the game-winning runs.

“I wasn’t hitting very well (Thursday) before then, but I always think every time I’m up to bat I can hit a good one,” Hoffmann said. “It just so happens that I did with people on base, which is even better.”

Hoffmann went 1 for 2 with two RBI, while Privratsky finished 1 for 1 with a RBI. Jahner supplied a RBI double in the first inning to score Rachel Silkey.

For the Patriots, Cassidy Miller allowed four runs (one earned) on three hits, walked six and struck out five over six innings.

Century received RBI base hits from Hannah Holtz and Kaylyn Herold going 2 for 4 at the plate. Holtz and Chuppe scored Century’s two runs.

“We’re not playing seven innings,” Century head coach Kevin Ziegler said. “We are playing five or six. For us to be effective against a team like this who plays you for seven innings, we are going to have to play seven innings ourselves. We can’t give up that one bad inning here or there, because they don’t give up a lot of runs. Their pitching is good enough to where they are going to hold you down.”

During the second game, Jahner was lights out from beginning to end.

Jahner credited the defense for holding down the Patriots. Dickinson committed no errors in the two games.

“Defensively, we had great games,” Jahner said. “To hold a hitting team like that to zero (errors) is pretty impressive.”

Dickinson scored three runs in the third inning when Jahner ripped a two-run double to center field to drive in Privratsky and Emilie Sickler. Lexi Yates scored on a passed ball on the same play.

Yates drove in the Midgets’ fourth run on a RBI double to left field. Sickler scored on the double. Yates finished 2 for 3 with a double and a RBI.

Morgan Menge supplied two of the three hits for Century in the second game. Jordan Picard tacked on the team’s final hit.

The Midgets continue their season hosting Turtle Mountain in a West Region doubleheader at noon Saturday. Dickinson swept the Braves by a combined score of 38-2 on April 25 in Belcourt.

“We just need to show up prepared and be ready to play our game,” Hoffmann said. “We just need to let things happen.”

Century 110 000 0 — 2 6 1

Dickinson 100 300 x — 4 3 0

Cassidy Miller and Kaitlyn Zuraff. Haley Butterfield and Mackee Hoffmann.

W–Butterfield. L–Miller. HR–None.

Highlights: C, Hannah Holtz 2 for 4, 2B, RBI, run; Kaylyn Herold 2 for 4, RBI; Karissa Bohn 1 for 2; Morgan Menge 1 for 3; Maya Chuppe run. D, Hoffmann 1 for 2, 2 RBI; Avery Privratsky 1 for 1, RBI; Madison Jahner 1 for 3, 2B, RBI; Rachel Jahner run; Riana Cooper run; Riley Cooper run; Rachel Silkey run.

Century 000 000 0 — 0 3 0

Dickinson 003 010 x — 4 9 0

Kaylyn Herold and Kaitlyn Zuraff. Madison Jahner and Mackee Hoffmann.

W–Jahner. L–Herold. HR–None.

Highlights: C, Morgan Menge 2 for 3; Jordan Picard 1 for 3. D, Jahner 1 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI, 7IP, 3H, 0R, 9K; Lexi Yates 2 for 3, 2B, RBI, run; Avery Privratsky 1 for 3, run; Riana Cooper 1 for 2; Sierra Rohr 1 for 3; Riley Cooper 1 for 3; Emilie Sickler 2 runs.