Midgets roll over Jamestown: DHS softball earns sweep over Blue Jays on senior night
Two of the best teams in the WDA faced off on Tuesday, May 15 from the North Softball Complex.
The Dickinson High girls softball team entered with 16-game winning streak, while Jamestown were winners of their last eight contests.
At night's end, the Midgets utilized early offense to continue their dominance over the West Region, taking the senior night doubleheader by the scores of 7-3 and 14-0 in five innings.
"In the past, we have lost every single game on senior day so we finally broke the curse and that's a good feeling," Dickinson head coach Amanda Mickey said. "We still get a little nervous, I don't know why. They think their season is coming to end on this game, but we still have a long ways to go.
"I love those seniors, I'm going to be so sad to see them go. They've done a great job for our program, setting the bar high, teaching the kids to be respectful and be good teammates."
The day before, Mickey, along with seniors Amber Sickler, Jordie McNeilly, Kayla Friske and Bailey Jahner notched their 100th win as a part of the Midgets program.
"I'm so proud of the three other seniors. We've worked really hard since freshman year," Sickler said. "I think this is a great accomplishment for us and I think we earned it, we worked really hard for it."
Highlighted by a two-run RBI triple from McNeilly and a two-run RBI single from Jahner, the Midgets scored five runs in the top in the first inning of the opener.
Dickinson added two more runs in the next inning while Sickler held the Blue Jays scoreless through six frames.
"You spot them five runs in the first inning of the first game, it kind of set the tone the whole way," Jamestown head coach Mike Soulis said. "We played pretty well after that. Dickinson is too good be giving them runs, giving them outs and we did that way too much today. We hurt ourselves along with Dickinson being able to hit the ball."
The Midgets senior hurler did run into trouble in the last of the seventh. Sickler was lifted with one down and the bases loaded after allowing a run to cross the plate.
Eighth-grader Mataya Mortensen walked the next two Blue Jay batters before the DHS defense turned a double-play to preserve Sickler's victory.
"My team really had my back today," Sickler said. "Even if I wasn't pitching the best, I knew they always had my back. The defense was really good today, they made all the plays and the hitters too had my back."
In the nightcap, Dickinson blew the game open with seven runs in the bottom of the second. Junior right-fielder Kennedy Kuntz connected with a three-run home-run, while eighth-grade infielder Taya Hopfauf added a solo shot later in the frame.
After three consecutive games where her team scored seven runs, Mickey was happy to see more offense on the board.
"I was getting a little worried with hitting, I'm not going to lie," Mickey said. "This last game, they finally showed everybody what they are made of. We're ranked No. 1 in our state and I told them that they have a target on their back. They have to prove themselves every single game and take every team that we play like they are West Fargo, we still consider them to be the best team in the state right now."
Dickinson 7, Jamestown 3
D 520 000 0 — 7 9 1
J 000 000 3 — 3 4 2
D: Amber Sickler (6.1), Mataya Mortensen (0.2) and Jordie McNeilly. J: Payton Gall (7) and Sydney Soulis.
W—Sickler. L—Gall. HR—None.
Highlights: D: Kennedy Kuntz 3-3, 3 1B, BB, 2 R; Briana Ashworth 2-3, 2 RBI. J: Ella Roaldson 1-3, BB, RBI; Alexandra Nihill 1-3, BB, RBI.
Dickinson 14, Jamestown 0 (F/5)
J 000 00 — 0 0 2
D 170 6X — 14 18 2
J: Alexandra Nihill (1.2), Rachel Woodley (2.1) and Sydney Soulis. D: Mataya Mortensen (5) and Jordie McNeilly
W—Mortensen. L—Mihill. HR—D: Kennedy Kuntz, Taya Hopfauf.
J: Sydney Soulis 2 BB. D: Kuntz 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, R; Hopfauf 1-4, HR, RBI, 2 R.