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Dickinson State baseball salvages split with Valley City State

VALLEY CITY -- After dropping a doubleheader to Valley City State on Saturday, the Dickinson State baseball team returned the favor on Sunday, winning 8-7 and 9-2 to complete the regular season.The Blue Hawks sit at 25-25 overall with a 12-10 mar...

VALLEY CITY - After dropping a doubleheader to Valley City State on Saturday, the Dickinson State baseball team returned the favor on Sunday, winning 8-7 and 9-2 to complete the regular season.
The Blue Hawks sit at 25-25 overall with a 12-10 mark in the North Star Athletic Conference. They will be the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament and play No. 5 Waldorf at 11 a.m. Friday in Valley City.
In Sunday’s first game, the Vikings built a 6-0 lead behind three-spots in the first and third innings. DSU scored four in the top of the fifth, though, thanks to an RBI single from Ryan Mitchell, a sacrifice fly from Jake Young and a two-run triple by Dylan Skabo.
The Vikings plated a run in the bottom half, but it was all Blue Hawks after that.
Jake Hignite scored on a fielder’s choice hit by Jeff VanCleave in the sixth, and Mitchell scored on an error in the seventh to get within 7-6.
Van Cleave hit an RBI double in the top of the eighth to tie the game and later scored on a bunt single from Mitchell to provide the eventual winning run.
Mitchell, VanCleave and Skabo each finished with two RBI, and VanCleave finished with a game-best four hits.
Josh Schuller picked up the win for the Blue Hawks after allowing seven runs (four earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts and four walks. Sean Getchell earned the save after pitching a perfect ninth.
The Vikings committed five errors in the game, and DSU was guilty of three.
The teams played a cleaner second game - zero errors both ways - but the Vikings blew another early lead.
Valley City State scored single runs in the first and fourth innings, and the Blue Hawks scored once in the third - on a Hignite sacrifice fly - and in the fourth - on a balk - to create a tie at 2.
Sagan Osborne scored on a passed ball in the fifth to give DSU the lead for good, and John Hollingsworth added an RBI single as an insurance run.
DSU scored twice more in the sixth and three more times in the seventh to put the game further out of reach.
Hignite tripled in the sixth to bring in a run, and he hit a solo home run in the seventh. He finished 2 for 4 with three RBI and three runs scored.
Tony Rovers was credited with the win after allowing just the two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Dickinson State 8, Valley City State 7
DSU 000 041 120 - 8 15 3
VCSU 303 010 000 - 7 7 5
Josh Schuller, Sean Getchell and Chad MacKay. Andrew Frank, Andrew Hirsch, Jordon Roos and Ben Bruenjes.
W–Name. L–Name. HR–VCSU, Brady Anderson, Nate Bagby.
Highlights: DSU: Dylan Skabo 2 for 5, 3B, 2 RBI; Jeff VanCleave 4 for 5, 2 runs, 2B, 2 RBI; Ryan Mitchell 2 for 4, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Jake Young 1 for 4, RBI; Jake Hignite 2 for 5, run. VCSU: Brady Anderson 2 for 3, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Nate Bagby 3 for 4, HR, 2 runs, RBI.

Dickinson State 9, Valley City State 2
DSU 001 122 3 - 9 12 0
VCSU 100 100 0 - 2 7 0
Tony Roberts and Austin Tennant. Joron Roos, Steven Velarde, Tyler Olson, Andrew Hirsch, Justin Lawler, Jon Tyre, Austin Berg and AJ Dale.
W–Name. L–Name. HR–DSU, Jake Hignite. VCSU, Jayden Miller.
Highlights: DSU: Jake Hignite 2 for 4, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 runs; John Hollingsworth 2 for 3, RBI; Sagan Osborne 1 for 2, 2B, 2 runs, RBI; Dylan Skabo 1 for 5, run, RBI; Jake Young 1 for 4, run, 2B. VCSU: Jayden Miller 1 for 4, HR, RBI, run; Nate Soulis 2 for 3, RBI, 2 2B; Brady Smith 1 for 3, 2B.

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