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Dickinson State softball splits NSAA games to end regular season

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- The Dickinson State softball team ended its regular season Sunday by splitting its final two games, winning 4-2 against Viterbo and losing 6-5 to Waldorf.The No. 16 Blue Hawks head into the postseason with a 40-9 overall record...

LA CROSSE, Wis. - The Dickinson State softball team ended its regular season Sunday by splitting its final two games, winning 4-2 against Viterbo and losing 6-5 to Waldorf.
The No. 16 Blue Hawks head into the postseason with a 40-9 overall record and a 19-3 mark in the North Star Athletic Association. They will be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament that starts Friday in Aberdeen, S.D. An opponent has yet to be determined.
In Sunday’s first game, deuces were wild as the teams only scored two runs at a time.
Dickinson State put up two runs in the top of the first on RBI hits from Brianna Grayson and McKenna Kostelecky.
The V-Hawks (10-43, 3-20 NSAA) tied the game in the third on a triple from Anna Lensmire and a bunt single from Lauren Davis.
DSU went ahead for good on a two-run home run from Rayleen Ortiz in the top of the seventh.
Abi Brooks pitched the first three innings for DSU, allowing two runs on three hits with two walks, but Alex Watson earned the win after striking out eight and allowing one hit with no walks in the final four innings.
Watson took the loss against Waldorf (17-27, 10-14 NSAA), though. Amanda Flores started the game and pitched the first 2 1/3 innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks with one strikeout. Watson pitched the rest of the way and struck out 10. She allowed three runs on five hits, but the difference-maker came in the top of the seventh when Jessica Abrahamson singled to score Taylor Bell to go ahead 6-5.
In the bottom half, Grayson reached second on a single and an error with one out, but Kostelecky and McKennzie Bassett both flied out to end the game.
Bassett finished hit a two-run home run in the second inning and finished 2 for 3 with three RBI and a run scored, and Grayson went 3 for 4 with a run. Alex Vargas hit a solo home run in the third and finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored.

Dickinson State 4, Viterbo 2
DSU 200 000 2 - 4 8 2
V 002 000 0 - 2 4 1
Abi Brooks, Alex Watson and Brianna Grayson. Sarah Obert, Caitlyn Kozik, Bailey Thur and Sarah Throgmorton.
W–Watson. L–Thur. HR–DSU, Rayleen Ortiz.
Highlights: DSU: Rayleen Ortiz 2 for 3, HR, run, 2 RBI; McKenzie Kenobbie 2 for 4, run; Brianna Grayson 1 for 3, RBI; McKenna Kostelecky 1 for 3, RBI. Anna Lensmire 1 for 2, 3B, run, RBI; Lauren Davis 1 for 3, RBI; Kelsey Ludwig 1 for 4, run.

Waldorf 6, Dickinson State 5
W 102 011 1 - 6 7 4
DSU 003 020 0 - 5 11 2
Amanda Flores, Alex Watson and Brianna Grayson. Andrea Hartmann and Kaitlin Murphy.
W–Hartmann. L–Watson. HR–W, Jessica Abrahamson. DSU, Alex Vargas, McKennzie Bassett.
Highlights: DSU: Alex Vargas 2 for 4, HR, RBI, 2 runs; McKennzie Bassett 2 for 3, HR, 3 RBI, run; Brianna Grayson 3 for 4, run. W: Jessica Abrahamson 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI, run; Maggie Eden 2 for 4, 3 RBI.

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