Midgets win streak persists following double header sweep of Magicians
“It was fun to see them compete and see them hit so well because I know how hard they were working and it's great to see all the pieces come together,” said DHS head coach Amanda Mickey.
DICKINSON — The Midgets showed off their championship caliber talent in their home doubleheader victory over Minot on Saturday. The defending state champions 10-run ruled their way to victory in the five inning in game one, before the Magicians' slight of hand showed that they still had a trick up their sleeve for game two.
Game one ended 17-2 as Dickinson came out swinging and tallied a quick five runs before the end of the first frame. Powerhouse senior Taya Hopfauf would slam a two-run homer to get things started, which was followed by another stand-out senior contribution from Hope Fath — whose deep drive to center garnered her a triple and three RBIs.
In a feat not accomplished in the entirety of their championship season run, the Midgets acheived another accolade when they finished game one without a single Dickinson batter being retired.
“It was fun to see them compete and see them hit so well. I know how hard they were working and it's great to see all the pieces come together,” DHS head coach Amanda Mickey said. “Minot is a very good softball team, so it was fun to come away with the win.”
Senior Mataya Mortensen would hold court in the center of the diamond briefly in the early stages of game one, but would give up the circle to Ava Jahner after 25 pitches. Mortensen's short stint is part of a plan by Mickey and the coaching staff as they seek to ease her into the season after a serious injury sustained during the 2020-21 hockey season.
In the previous doubleheader on the season, Fath would serve as Dickinson’s relief pitcher. On Saturday, she would hold the circle for the entirety of game two — delivering nine K’s in the process. Fath, who has quickly become a staple of the offensive game plan of the Midgets early in the season, tallied two RBIs to take the lead.
“I thought she did phenomenal,” Mickey said. “I thought she did an absolutely great job in the circle. There were a couple of times where we had too many non-competitive balls, but other than that she hit her spots. Her change up worked really well, she stayed in through seven innings, took care of her own game.”
The Magicians opened their bag of tricks with a fresh faced starter in freshman Raegan Terrel, who delivered four strikeouts of her own as she kept the bases clear of runners.
“Terrel did a really great job for them and that threw off the kids a little bit,” Mickey said. “It's not like there were a lot of strikeouts by any means, but I think we had a lot of crush balls that went straight to defenders and that is kind of what kept them in the game. They also did a great job with fast adjustments.”
After the Magicians brought the scoreboard to an even tally, Midgets senior Kali Kubas showed her own magic touch, doubling with a line drive to bring Mortensen and Hopfauf across the plate to clinch the tightly contested game two.
As record snows envelop the Western Edge, the next regional game for the Midgets has been tentatively slated for April 23, against Mandan.
“It kind of seems like a slow start because we only got one game a week and next week will probably be the same thing, but there is only so much you can do about it.” Mickey said. “You just got to keep getting better on those days off when you are not competing with anyone else.”
Game One -
DHS: Taya Hopfauf, Baylee Berg 8, Reese Hauck 4, Morgan Koffler, Hope Fath, Kali Kubas 3, Mataya Mortensen, Ava Jahner 2, Jenna Decker 1; MHS: Aynzlee Mosser 3, Cierra Erickson 2, Abigail Bamum 1
DHS: Mataya Mortensen 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, Ava Jahner 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; MHS: Tayler Falcon 3.0 IP, 15 H, 14 R, 14 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, Halle Baker 1.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Game Two -
DHS: Decker 4, Fath 3, Hauck, Kubas, Mortensen 2, Hopfauf, Koffler 1; MHS: Abigail Bamum 3, Ellington Anderson, Avery Falcon, Isabelle Anderson 2
DHS: Hope Fath 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K; MHS: Raegan Terrel 6 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K