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Midgets claim win in season's final double header

In both games, the Dickinson team got the ball rolling quickly completing nine runs in total, the first two innings.

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Head Coach Amanda Mickey bring ease to Taya Hopfauf after she was stuck out. (Josiah C. Cuellar/The Dickinson Press)

The Dickinson High School Softball team ended their season in Bismarck in triumph against Legacy High School. The Midgets played the double header with ease, already claiming the No. 1 seed in the WDA.

“(Jamestown) was on a roll there for a while after they played us. They were mowing down teams left and right and I could tell they were not the same team… to take two from them at home to clench the title was a relief,” Head Coach Amanda Mickey said. “Today's game was nice because there wasn't a whole lot of pressure put on us, but we still take every game seriously.”

In both games, the Dickinson team got the ball rolling quickly completing nine runs in total during the first two innings. Despite great effort, Legacy was never able to neutralize DHS' advantage.

During the first game, Taya Hopfauf and Paige Balliet's triples brought in three runs. The fourth and final run of the inning was brought in by Reese Hauck.

The Midgets' bat would be ice cold for the next three innings allowing the Sabers to find confidence gaining their only three runs in the third.

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The fifth saw Dickinson complete another run from Jenna Decker and then completely run away with the game in the sixth with four runs. Ava Jahner started this with a homer that brought in Amy Fridely and Baylee Berg. Decker picked up the last run on a passed ball.

The last inning brought one more run for the Midgets with Berg completing a homer. The final score would be 10-3. Decker held the center for the first five with two walks and a single strikeout. Jahner finished with a shutout with three strikeouts.

“Decker played really well. We played good defense. Legacy just started getting a hold of some balls, but it was such a chill momentum game where we were able to gain some runs and then they would gain a little bit. But we definitely pulled away where it was super comfortable to work with,“ Mickey said. “Ava came in and shut them out which was fun to watch her do… We were hitting the ball well then there were times when some of our stronger hitters were not hitting it but it didn't really show because we all pulled together as a team.”

The final game would show that the Legacy team was persistent as they fought to the very end. At the end of the game, the scoreboard would read 11-7 and though the margin was not as wide in the first game, Dickinson never lost composure.

At the beginning of the second, the two teams would be tied 1-1 but the Midgets would once again run away adding four scores at the top. The Sabers would gain an additional run at the bottom.

The third would bring three additional runs to each team. Jahner bat remained hot from the first game as her line drive would bring in Kali Kubas, Fridley, and Berg. The Dickinson team would score three more runs in the fourth and fifth to settle their appetite and the game. Legacy would score two additional runs in the sixth.

Though the season has come to an end, the Midgets will now focus their attention for regionals that begins May 27 in Minot. The WDA tourney play-in will take place Monday, May 24, and will determine who will step to the plate against Dickinson High School.

“Knowing that we had Legacy left and that we already took care of business, we still wanted to go out strong,” Mickey said. “I think we are just ready to go out and practice next week and get better because these are going to be the toughest games of the year starting Thursday for us.”

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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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