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Dickinson State athlete of the week - Rachael Dillon

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With the Dickinson State softball team trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh, senior Rachael Dillon hit a walkoff three-run home run, giving the Blue Hawks the 5-4 victory over Mayville State on Friday, March 30. In the earlier contest, a 4-3 win over the Comets, Dillon went 2-for-3, including another home run. She also drove in three RBIs. Her .874 slugging percentage leads the team and her .483 batting average is the highest in the North Star Athletic Association.

DP: Where are you from and why did you choose DSU?

RD: "I'm originally from Billings, Mont. and I played at Dawson Community College in Montana.I chose to go here because it's close to home and one of my high school buddies goes here, Jalen Creech, so we decided to sign here together."

DP: How long have you been playing softball for?

RD: "I started t-ball when I was probably 6 and then majors starts when you're like 8 so I've been playing summer ball since I was 8 years old on."

DP: What do you enjoy most about softball?

RD: "I just enjoy the team aspect of it, not just on the field but off the field. It's like a family to me."

DP: What are the team goals this year?

RD: "Our team goal is just to do our best at conference. (We want) to do well in our conference games right now so we can have a good seed in the conference tournament."

DP: Do you have any personal goals you want to achieve this year?

RD: "I've just been going out there and saying 'Have fun' because it's my last season. I just want to have fun with all my friends and just enjoy these last moments I have out on the field."

DP: If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life what would you choose?

RD: "Taco Bell."

DP: What's the last show you binged on Netflix?

RD: "Santa Clarita Diet."

DP: What's on your playlist?

RD: "A lot of old stuff like 80s rock, that's probably what I listen to before games."

DP: What's your major? What do you hope to do after school?

RD: "Composite social science with a criminal justice track. I want to take a year off and just save some money. I really want to work with juvenile kids, I think that would be really fun to do and just make a difference in their lives."

DP: Who has been your biggest inspiration to succeed?

RD: "My biggest inspiration is probably my parents because they've always been there for me and without them I wouldn't be where I am today."

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