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Dickinson baseball take first loss in season, softball team continues undefeated streak

Both baseball and softball teams tallied 54 hits in Thursday's doubleheaders.

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Dickinson sophomore Ava Jahner in the batter's box. Both Dickinson High School's baseball and softball programs were on the road for their games on Thursday, April 21, 2022.
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press
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DICKINSON — Dickinson High School came away with three wins between their baseball and softball programs in Thursday's games as the two teams traveled to Williston and South Dakota for their first doubleheaders since last week's blizzard.

It was a non-regional split for the boys that played against Williston, while the girls would sweep Jamestown in their first conference games of the season.

Dickinson High School (2-0, 7-1) 15, Williston (2-2, 5-5) 9

Despite shutting out their opposition 9-0 in game one, the Midgets baseball team split the twin bill with the Coyotes who contested with strong defense. Dickinson’s late start in the batter’s box in game two resulted in a 9-6 defeat.

Game one had strong hitting from the Midgets, paired with smart baserunning. Their most scored inning was in the second with four runs. In the following inning, lead batter Isaac Daley put himself into scoring territory with a triple to right field.

The final two runs came in the fifth inning from RBI doubles garnered by senior Britton Cranston and sophomore Kaeden Krieg.

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Dickinson had four pitchers share the mound that tallied 15 strikeouts and allowed only three hits. Aiden Haich was the winning pitcher.

Game two was a different affair with bats staying cold for the Midgets in the first half of the innings. Williston took an early one run lead in the first inning and would grow it to five at the top of the fifth.

By the sixth inning, Dickinson had reduced the deficit to one with a 5-4 ballgame, but the lead would be unreachable after a three-run homerun from the Coyotes’ freshman Garrett Solberg.

Williston tallied 39 putouts and no fielding errors in both games.

Dickinson High School (2-0, 8-0) 24, Jamestown (6-2, 6-4) 4

Due to Jamestown's local field still not cleared from last week's recording breaking snowfall, Dickinson's softball team would take their away win in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

The Midgets pulled ahead early in both of their games against Jamestown with game one being nearly a shutout that ended 13-1. Jamestown's single run came at the bottom of the fifth inning from junior Katie Falk. Dickinson had already 6-0 lead before Jamestown scored and would continue to extend their lead into the final inning with four additional runs. Dickinson batted 19 hits and two sacrifice flies.

Starting pitcher Mataya Mortensen collected the win before switching roles with first baseman Ava Jahner. Her power in the batter’s box was par with her seniors, tying Taya Hopfauf for most RBIs with three, who were followed behind by Mortensen and Hope Fath with two each.

Game two was an even stronger start for the Midgets with a two-run homer from Hopfauf in the first inning to make it 3-0. Hopfauf second appearance in the box in game two would result in another two-run bomb for a 5-0 lead.

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The final result was 12-3, with Jamestown runs coming in the bottom of the third. Fath held the circle for the entirety of game two with eight K’s and not allowing a single earned run.

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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