MAYVILLE - After the Dickinson State softball team and Mayville State split games one and two of a weekend series on Friday, the Comets and Blue Hawks went on to do the same on Saturday, April 28.
The first contest dragged into nine innings, with Mayville coming away with the 2-1 win, while Dickinson State won 4-3 in the nightcap at Jerome Berg Field.
In Saturday’s opener, the Comets scored first in the bottom of the fifth. The Blue Hawks tied it up in the next inning on a sacrifice bunt that scored senior shortstop Sonja Lawrence, who reached on an error.
Over the next three innings, just three batters got on base, until the Comets broke through in the bottom of the ninth. Junior Alissa Foster led off the inning by reaching on a Lawrence error. She moved to third on a first-pitch base hit by Jade Ledochowski. When Blue Hawks sophomore starting pitcher Jaya Allen hit Tai Yamamoto, she loaded the bases.
Allen earned strikeouts six and seven to get two outs, but Nicole Bunting ended the outing with an RBI single to center.
Allen gave up six hits and two runs, neither of which were earned over her 8 ⅔ innings on the mound.
Comets starter Shaye Kemball went the distance, allowing one run on three hits while fanning five and walking one.
In Saturday’s second game, Dickinson State (25-22, 15-13 NSAA) scored a run off a solo shot from Allen. In the top of the fourth, starting pitcher Abi Brooks hit a two-out single, scoring both senior Kayla Stephens and Allen. Allen drew a walk, and Stephens was pinch running for senior Claire Shoffit who also walked to get on base.
A solo home run from freshman Caitlyn Welch put the visitors up 4-0 in the top of the seventh.
The Comets (23-16, 16-11 NSAA) scored three runs off Brooks in the bottom of the seventh.
With the tying run at second, the Dickinson State infield dismissed the next two batters stayed sharp. The next two batters grounded out and Lawrence caught a pop up off Bunting’s bat to end the game.
The Blue Hawks are the fourth seed in the North Star tournament and will face No. 5 at 12 p.m. CT at the Valley City Softball Complex on Friday, May 3.