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Dickinson High softball splits with Legacy

BISMARCK — A walk-off single by Bismarck Legacy pitcher Whitney Thomas in the bottom of the seventh inning made her Sabers 4-3 winners over Dickinson High on Thursday, but the Midgets softball team responded in a big way, winning 15-2 in the nightcap.

Kayla Friske and Abby Jones both drove in runs for the Midgets in the top of the second inning of the first game, but the Sabers later tied the game in the fourth. Legacy took a 3-2 lead in the sixth after Dickinson pitcher Amber Sickler walked in a run, but the Midgets got that run back as Sarah Dobitz doubled to score Friske for a 3-3 tie in the seventh.

Thomas, who struck out eight in the circle, then provided the winning hit in the seventh that scored Kailey Weigel from second base.

The Midgets came back in the second game and scored in every inning, the most damaging hit being sophomore Kennedy Kuntz’s grand slam in the sixth inning that turned a 10-1 lead into a 14-1 lead.

Jordie McNeilly and Julie Knight also added home runs for the Midgets. Kuntz finished 2 for 3 with four RBI and two runs scored, McNeilly had two hits, four RBI and scored twice and Knight was 1 for 3.

Friske added three more hits and scored two runs, and Ali Lafond went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Dobitz tallied three hits, two runs and an RBI, and Jones went 1 for 4 at the plate and scored three runs.

Jones allowed just five hits from the circle in the victory, and Legacy only managed to scratch across single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Bismarck Legacy 4, Dickinson High 3

DHS 020 000 1 — 3 8 0

BL 000 201 1 — 4 7 1

Amber Sickler and Jordie McNeilly. Whitney Thomas and Megan Fields.

W–Thomas. L–Sickler. HR–None.

Highlights: DHS, Kayla Friske 2-2, 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI; Abby Jones 2-2, 1 RBI; Sarah Dobitz 1-3, 2B, 1 RBI; McNeilly 2-4; Julie Knight 1-2, 1 R; Sickler 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R (4 ER), 8 K, 5 BB. BL, Kailey Weigel 3-4, 2 R; Fields 1-3, 1 RBI; Courtney Hanson 1-3, 1 R; Thomas 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R (3 ER), 8 K, 3 BB.

Dickinson High 15, Bismarck Legacy 2

DHS 222 36 — 15 14 0

Home 000 11 — 2 5 3

Abby Jones and Jordie McNeilly. Courtney Hanson, Whitney Thomas, Brenna Hanson and Megan Fields.

W–Jones. L–Hanson. HR–DHS, Kennedy Kuntz, McNeilly, Julie Knight.

Highlights: DHS, Kennedy Kuntz 2-3, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI; McNeilly 2-3, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI; Knight 1-3, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI; Kayla Friske 3-3, 2 R, 1 RBI; Sarah Dobitz 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI; Ali Lafond 2-4, 1 R; Jones 1-4, 3 R, 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 K, 3 BB. BL, Thomas 2-3, 1 R; Fields 1-3, 2B, 1 RBI; Brenna Hanson 1-3, 2B, 1 RBI.

Parker Cotton

Cotton is the sports editor at The Press, where he covers the area's high schools. He came to The Press as the Multimedia Editor in May 2015 after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with his master's degree in Sociological Practice. He holds undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Sociology from UNC, as well. 

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