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Midgets rip through tripleheader in Minot

MINOT — Sitting on a 3-5 record overall and having dropped five of its last six contests, the Dickinson High girls softball were in desperate need of a slump-buster prior to a tripleheader on Saturday, April 13.

The Midgets’ performance during the three-game slate from the South Hill Complex could serve as a turning point, as they outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 47-0.

Dickinson opened their day with two victories over Grand Forks Central by the scores of 11-0 and 22-0, respectively, before capturing a 14-0 triumph over Grand Forks Red River in the finale.    

Amassing comfortable advantages early, the Midgets claimed each of the victories in the middle of the fifth inning due to the 10-run rule.   

Pilling up 17 hits in game two, every Midgets batter connected with a base hit and reached base at least twice. Scoring 13 runs in the first two innings, Dickinson crossed the plate five more times in the third with the help of two-run home runs from junior outfielder Emy Personne and senior outfielder Kennedy Kuntz.

That offensive explosion was in support of seventh-grade pitcher Ava Jahner, who collected the win after allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out five.

Freshman pitcher Mataya Mortensen kept her opponents off the board to earn wins in game one and game three, combining to relinquish just four hits and seven walks while striking out 15 during 10 scoreless innings.

During the three-game set, junior infielder Ali Lafond recorded the most base hits with seven, and was tied with a freshman outfielder Reese Hauck for the highest on-base percentage of .700. Hauck paced the team with four extra-base hits and was tied with senior Kamryn Kuntz with six RBIs.

After losing five of its prior six games by recording 27 total errors, Dickinson played a clean tripleheader by not having a single error in the field.

Results SaturdayDickinson 11, Grand Forks Central (F/5)GFC 000 00 — 0 1 0D 173 0x — 11 13 0GFC: Courtney Gereau (4.0) and Mekenna Erickson. D: Mataya Mortensen (5.0) and Taya Hopfauf.W–Mortensen. L–Gereau. HR–None.Highlights: GFC: Bailey Jaeger 1-2, 2B; Paige Carlson 0-1, BB, 2 SB; Taya Johnson 0-1, BB. D: Mortensen 5 IP, H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K, 1-2, BB, 2 RBIs, SB; Kennedy Kuntz, 2-4, 3B, 3 R, SB; Kamryn Kuntz 2-3, 3 RBI, 2 R.Dickinson 22, Grand Forks Central 0 (F/5)
GFC 000 00 — 0 1 4D 675 4x — 22 17 0GFC: Reagan Fountaine (4.0) and Taya Johnson. D: Ava Jahner (5.0) and Taya Hopfauf.
W–Jahner. L–Fountaine. HR–Kennedy Kuntz, Emy Personne.Highlights: GFC: Ashley Gereau 1-2, SB; Bailey Jaeger 0-1, BB; Haley Gereau, 0-1, BB. D: Ava Jahner 5 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K; Ke. Kuntz 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 R, BB, SB; Personne 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 R, SB; Reese Hauck, 3-4, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, SB; Ali Lafond 3-4, 2B, 3 RBIs, 2 R, SB.Dickinson 14, Grand Forks Red River 0 (F/5)GFRR 000 00 — 0 3 7D 013 (10)x — 14 13 0GFRR: Kiera Bohan (3.1), Haylie Kinneberg (0.2) and Ashlee Welch. D: Mataya Mortensen (5.0) and Taya Hopfauf.W–Mortensen. L–Bohan. HR–None.Highlights: GRRR: Welch 1-2, 2B; Jada Steen 1-3; Macey Maddock 0-2, BB, SB. D: Kamryn Kuntz 3-4, 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 R, SB; Taya Hopfauf 2-3, 2B, 3 RBIs, 2 R, BB; Mortensen 5 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 0 R, 7 K.