Dickinson State softball suffers second loss to Oregon Tech to end season
REDDING, Calif. -- Dickinson State softball ended its 2016 season 46-12, which is a school record for wins in a single season, breaking the record set by last year's team.But the Blue Hawks probably won't remember Tuesday for their win.After beat...
REDDING, Calif. - Dickinson State softball ended its 2016 season 46-12, which is a school record for wins in a single season, breaking the record set by last year’s team.
But the Blue Hawks probably won’t remember Tuesday for their win.
After beating No. 2-seeded DSU on Monday, No. 3 seed Oregon Tech defeated the No. 16-ranked Blue Hawks again on Tuesday 5-0, ending Dickinson’s season and advancing in the NAIA national tournament. In a loser-out game, DSU won a 3-2 game over No. 4 seed Eastern Oregon earlier in the day on Tuesday before seeing its bid for a second consecutive World Series ended.
In 12 total innings between the two DSU-Oregon Tech matchups of this tournament, Oregon Tech only scored in three of them but won by 12-3 on Monday and used a five-run third inning, all with two outs, for the only scoring it would need on Tuesday.
Ali Graham started the scoring with a two-run single to drive in Katie Virtue and Tara Moates. Two batters later, Tre Sullivan tripled down the right-field line to score Brittany Verigan and Sydni Scott. Sadie Birch hit an RBI single for Oregon Tech’s fifth and final run.
Whitney Mesi was the only Blue Hawk in the game with two hits. Monique Yslas, North Star Athletic Association player of the year Alex Vargas and McKenzie Bassett also tallied a hit apiece.
Abi Brooks started the game from the circle for DSU but was pulled in the third inning after giving up those five runs on six hits with a walk and no strikeouts. Amanda Flores came in for 2 2/3 innings and gave up four hits and a walk with a strikeout. Alex Watson took the circle in the sixth frame and finished the game by giving up no hits, no runs, no walks and striking out two batters.
In the first game of the day against Eastern Oregon, the Blue Hawks started the scoring with a run in the second inning from Shannen Donnelly, who reached based on one of her two hits. She was driven in by Samantha Hardwick on an RBI single down the left-field line. Eastern Oregon replied with an RBI from Maryssa Santi to bring in Shelby Baertsch, who cranked a double on the previous at-bat.
After a scoreless third, the Blue Hawks scored two runs in the fourth. With two outs, Vargas approached the plate and belted a two-run double to deep left field to drive in Hardwick, who reached on a walk, and McKenzie Kenobbie, who had singled on a bunt.
Eastern Oregon (29-23) drove in a run of its own in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Santi to drive in Kaitlyn Reynolds.
But that would be the last run Watson would surrender from the circle. The NSAA pitcher of the year gave up the two earned runs on eight hits while striking out three and walking two batters over seven full innings for the win.
Eastern Oregon’s Hailey Kline gave up the three runs on nine hits with five walks and two strikeouts in her team’s season-ending loss.
Oregon Tech and No. 1-seeded Simpson University will play for the right to advance to the NAIA World Series today.
Dickinson State 3, Eastern Oregon 2
DSU 010 200 0 - 3 9 1
EOU 010 100 0 - 2 8 1
Alex Watson and Brianna Grayson. Hailey Kline and Alex Shuster.
W–Watson. L–Kline. HR–none.
Highlights: DSU: McKenzie Kenobbie 1 for 4, run; Whitney Mesi 1 for 2; Shannen Donnelly 2 for 4, run; Mckenna Kostelecky 1 for 3; Samantha Hardwick 2 for 2, run, RBI; Alex Vargas 2 for 3, 2 RBI, double. EOU: Taylor Turner 1 for 4; Maryssa Santi 2 for 3; Shelby Baertsch 3 for 3, run, double; Haley Hess 1 for 3, walk; Lauren Burchak 1 for 3.
Oregon Tech 5, Dickinson State 0
OT 005 000 0 - 5 10 0
DSU 000 000 0 - 0 5 1
Kelly Scott and Sydni Scott. Abi Brooks, Amanda Flores (3), Alex Watson (6) and Brianna Grayson.
W–Scott. L–Brooks. HR–none.
Highlights: OT: McKenzie Shrum 2 for 3, walk; Katie Virtue run; Tara Moates run; Ali Graham 1 for 3, 2 RBI; Brittany Verigan run; Scott 1 for 3, run; Tre Sullivan 2 for 4, run, 2 RBI; Sadie Birch 2 for 3, RBI; Karly LeVeque 2 for 3. DSU: Monique Yslas 1 for 2; Alex Vargas 1 for 3; McKenzie Bassett 1 for 3; Whitney Mesi 2 for 3.