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Blue Hawks softball to play Oregon Tech at national tourney

The Dickinson State softball team cheered in excitement when its place at nationals was announced -- and for good reason.The No. 16-ranked Blue Hawks were given a No. 2 seed in their bracket within the NAIA national championship opening round on ...

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Dickinson State infielder and North Star Athletic Association player of the year Alex Vargas throws to first base against Presentation on April 2 at the North Softball Complex. (Press Photo by Colton Pool)

The Dickinson State softball team cheered in excitement when its place at nationals was announced - and for good reason.
The No. 16-ranked Blue Hawks were given a No. 2 seed in their bracket within the NAIA national championship opening round on Tuesday, which was announced via an online selection show.
DSU (45-10) was put in the Simpson Bracket, which will be played out on Simpson Softball Field in Redding, Calif., starting on Monday. The Blue Hawks, coming off their fourth consecutive conference championship, will play No. 3 seed Oregon Tech (27-20), which earned the seventh at-large bid, in their first game. California Pacific Conference champion and No. 1-seeded Simpson (40-4) and Cascade Collegiate Conference champion and No. 4 seed Eastern Oregon (29-21) are also in the bracket.
The champion from each opening tournament will advance from the bracket to the 10-team NAIA World Series in Sioux City, Iowa, beginning on May 27.
This is DSU’s fourth straight appearance in the national tournament. The Blue Hawks are one of 10 teams to have made it to the national tournament every year since the event was created in 2013.
Since then, 21 of the 30 teams that have made it out of their opening tournaments have been No. 1 seeds, while seven have been No. 2 seeds. The Blue Hawks were one of two No. 3 seeds to advance to the NAIA World Series final tournament after making it last season.

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