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Midgets softball wins in West Regional Tournament quarterfinals

MINOT -- With an unhittable pitching staff and 15 runs by the third inning, the Dickinson High softball team wasn't going to be denied from advancing in the West Region Tournament.Madi Jahner and Amber Sickler combined for a no-hitter from the ci...

MINOT - With an unhittable pitching staff and 15 runs by the third inning, the Dickinson High softball team wasn’t going to be denied from advancing in the West Region Tournament.
Madi Jahner and Amber Sickler combined for a no-hitter from the circle and 10 players scored a run for the top-seeded Midgets to power them to a 15-0 win over No. 8-seeded Mandan in the West Region quarterfinals on Friday at KC Field.
“We came out and did exactly what we wanted to,” Dickinson head coach Amanda Mickey said. “It definitely showed today that we’re hitting the ball well.”
Jahner, who earned the win, racked up seven strikeouts and a walk while throwing strikes on 67.5 percent of her pitches. Sickler entered during the fourth frame and struck out two batters and walked one for Dickinson (29-3).
“Combined, they did an amazing job together,” Mickey said. “Amber came in and threw hard and did exactly what she needed to do off the bench. It was good to see her come in and rest Madison.”
A 10-run third inning, highlighted by a grand slam from Julie Knight, sure helped the pitchers.
“It was really awesome because she had struggled in her first at-bat,” Mickey said. “For her to break it open and finish the game off like that, it was exciting. For her to bring it out now at this time of year, it’s huge.”
Both teams were scoreless in the first inning, but after the Braves (8-25) were held off the board in the top of the second, Dickinson turned on the jets with a five-run second.
Taylor Privratsky started the scoring with a sacrifice fly to bring in Emilie Sickler. Two batters later, Sarah Dobitz drove in Katie Lafond and Bailey Jahner, then Abby Jones and Dobitz both scored on an error.
After Mandan failed to reply in the third, Dickinson took advantage with that 10-run inning.
Jones started the frame with a two-run single to left field to bring in Emilie Sickler and Lafond. Paige Schweitzer scored on a bases-loaded walk and Jones stole home.
Then Knight cranked her homer over the left-field fence on a 1-0 pitch to score Dobitz, Madi Jahner and Jordie McNeilly.

Emilie Sickler scored on a bases-loaded walk and Kennedy Kuntz recorded a run on a wild pitch to cap the scoring in the third inning - which was all the Midgets needed to move on.
The win advances Dickinson to the West Regional semifinals against fifth-seeded Minot Bishop Ryan, with which the Midgets went 2-2 during the regular season, at 10 a.m. today at KC Field. Dickinson could advance to the West Region championship at 2 p.m. or play in a state-qualifying consolation game at noon, depending on the outcome of the first game.
“We did everything right today. Them hitting the ball so well was exactly what we need to do to finish off games,” Mickey said. “We totally set the tone. It definitely shows we’re making a statement, and we’re excited for tomorrow’s game. We owe them a couple.”

Dickinson High 15, Mandan 0
M 000 00 - 0 0 1
D 05(10) 0x - 15 9 1
Elizabeth Leingang, Lakyn Darras (3), Megan Zander and Hunter Holzer. Madi Jahner, Amber Sickler (4) and Jordie McNeilly.
W–Jahner. L–Leingang. HR–D: Julian Knight.
Highlights: M: Zander walk; Maddie Vega. D: Abby Jones 1 for 1, 2 runs, 2 RBI, 2 walks; Sarah Dobitz 2 for 2, 2 runs, 2 RBI, double, walk; Madi Jahner run, 3 RBI, walk; McNeilly 2 for 4, run; Knight 1 for 3, run, 4 RBI; Emilie Sickler 3 runs, 2 walks; Katie Lafond 2 runs, 2 walks; Kennedy Kuntz run, walk; Paige Schweitzer 3 for 3, run; Bailey Jahner run; Taylor Privratsky 2 RBI, walk.

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