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No.3 Blue Hawks to face No.6 Mayville State in opening round of NSAA tournament

Dickinson State University will battle it out in the opening round in a matchup that Hawks head coach says, “Could be the game of the tournament.”

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Dickinson State University's batter amidst a swing. The Blue Hawks will be facing Mayville State University in the opening round of the NSAA conference tournament on Friday, May 6.
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press
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FOREST CITY, IOWA — Dickinson State baseball team is going into the North Star Athletic Association conference tournament as one of the hottest baseball team in the conference and as such will begin the tourney with a high seed placement.

After ending the regular season with a triple-header sweep of Presentation College , the Blue Hawks secured their 3 seed position as they prepare to face Mayville State University in one of four opening games on Friday.

The postseason tourney is double-elimination formatted and will feature all eight of the NSAA teams and is being played in Forest City, Iowa on Friday, May 6. The tournament is expected to continue throughout the weekend with a championship game slated for Monday, May 10.

Even with the momentum the Blue Hawks carry into the tournament, DSU’s head coach Michael Dahl said he wants his group of players to take nothing for granted and to remain vigilant and alert.

“Success for us for the entire tournament will be us focusing on us and the things we can control. Our energy, our attitude and our focus. We just need to play good baseball all the way around. We control our own destiny,” said Dahl

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Dickinson State (11-9, 18-22) defeated the Comets (13-14, 16-22) in a 3-1 weekend series in their most recent encounter, which took place on the second weekend of April. The Blue Hawks have faced Mayville six times in the 2021-22 season, winning all but a single outing — however, no game was won by margins wider than two runs.

“Absolutely we expect a great game,” Dahl said. “Could be the game of the tournament in my opinion. Both teams have good pitching, hitting and defense. It’s going to simply come down to who has the better day.”

Should Dickinson State remain in the winner’s bracket in conquering the Comets, they are expected to play the winner of the Viterbo and Dakota State pairing.

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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