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Butterfield pitching double duty: Midgets handle Turtle Mountain in West Region doubleheader

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson senior Haley Butterfield pitches during the first game of the doubleheader against Turtle Mountain on Saturday at Gress Softball Complex.

Dickinson senior Haley Butterfield had to pull double duty in the pitching circle.

She didn’t mind one bit.

Butterfield threw a combined 10 innings, allowed two runs on five hits and struck out 21 as the Dickinson softball team sweep Turtle Mountain 19-1 and 26-1 on Saturday at Gress Softball Complex.

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“It was really good for me to pitch two games, because when you get into tournament later in the season you have to be in good shape,” Butterfield said. “It was actually really good.”

Before the start of the doubleheader, Butterfield knew the Midgets’ No. 2 starting pitcher Madison Jahner had to attend state choir. Butterfield told Jahner don’t be concerned.

“We both are on the same page and I knew she was going to be gone,” Butterfield said. “I got her back and I told her not worry about it and she would do the exact same thing for me.”

Dickinson’s bats helped Butterfield out immediately. In the first and second innings combined, the Midgets scored 30 runs.

Lexi Yates, senior catcher and third baseman, said the team was patient at the plate. The Midgets posted a total of 35 hits and 23 walks.

At the beginning of the season, Yates had trouble finding hits. However, as of lately, the senior has found her groove.

“I was in a slump for sure,” said Yates, who finished the doubleheader going 2 for 4 with five RBI and scored three runs. “I feel like now I’m getting into the groove and I hope it continues to increase more and more.”

The Midgets also received some quality at-bats from players who have seen limited playing time this season.

Y’Mani Freeman powered Dickinson with four hits, six RBI and scored four runs. Jamee Ludwick supplied five hits — which included a perfect 4 for 4 performance in the opener — four RBI and four runs. Emilie Sickler went 3 for 3 with a double, two RBI and scored four runs in the second game.

“We had some kids play that haven’t been playing much,” Dickinson head coach Bill Butterfield said. “They stepped in and hit the ball well. That’s who I give my kudos to. Those kids haven’t played a lot, but they got in this game and did what we asked them.”

Yet, the Bravettes didn’t back down scoring a run in the first inning of both games. Turtle Mountain scored a total of two runs on five hits. Gia Davis went 2 for 2 in the opener, while Kassandra Poitra had the team’s lone hit in the second game.

“We came out early and we got some hits, put some runners on and scored runs,” Turtle Mountain Michael Day said. “We just have to focus on putting the bat on the ball more and make the defense earn some of those outs.”

The Midgets also saw familiar characters drive in runs. Senior Riana Cooper was 7 for 8 with two triples, one double, nine RBI and scored four runs. Avery Privratsky had three hits, one RBI and scored five runs.

Dickinson posted double-digit runs in each game. The Midgets scored 15 runs in the second inning of the opener and posted a 10-spot in the first during the second game.

“We are just really good at adjusting to different speeds and we were able to hit today,” Yates said.

The Midgets continue their season hosting defending West Region champions Minot Ryan at 4 p.m. Monday. Dickinson has four doubleheaders in a span of five days next week.

However, all eyes are set on the Lions.

“We have a busy week next week and it starts with the best in the WDA as far I’m concerned Minot Ryan is the team to beat,” Bill Butterfield said. “We want to play good teams all the time and I’d play them five times a week if we could.”

Haley Butterfield added: “It’s always really fun to play Minot Ryan, because we go out and battle from beginning to end. It’s always a really exciting game.”

TM 1 00 00 — 1 4 1

Dickinson 1(15)3 0x — 19 16 1

Gia Davis and Kayana Trottier. Haley Butterfield and Lexi Yates.

W–Butterfield. L–Davis. HR–None.

Highlights: TM, Davis 2 for 2; Kassandra Poitra 1 for 2, RBI; Syann Golus 1 for 3; Troyleah Fleetwood run. D, Y’Mani Freeman 2 for 2, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 runs; Jamee Ludwick 4 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Riana Cooper 3 for 4, 2B, 3 RBI, run; Rachel Silkey 2 for 3, RBI, 2 runs; Yates 2 for 3, 3 RBI, run; Riley Cooper 1 for 2, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Avery Privratsky 1 for 3, RBI, 2 runs; Rachel Jahner 1 for 2, 3 BB, 4 runs; Emilie Sickler 2 SB, 2 runs.

TM 1 00 00 — 1 1 3

Dickinson (10)45 7x — 26 19 0

Syrann Golus and Kayana Trottier. Haley Butterfield and Lexi Yates.

W–Butterfield. L–Golus. HR–None.

Highlights: TM, Kassandra Poitra 1 for 1; Troyleah Fleetwood run. D, Riana Cooper 4 for 4, 2 3B, 6 RBI, 2 runs; Rachel Jahner 2 for 2, 2B, 2 RBI, 5 RBI, 2 BB; Emilie Sickler 3 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI, 4 runs; Riley Cooper 3 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI, 4 runs; Butterfield 2 for 5, 2B, RBI, run; Avery Privratsky 2 for 3, 3 runs; Y’Mani Freeman 2 for 4, 4 RBI, 2 runs; Jamee Ludwick 1 for 3, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Yates 2 RBI, 2 runs.