Midgets top Turtle Mountain in doubleheader tilt
May 10—DICKINSON — The Dickinson High School Midgets softball team is kind of on a roll at this point — having won eight of their last nine games — and with a pair of run-rule wins over Turtle Mountain-Belcourt on Tuesday at Bravera Field they've improved to 19-4 on the season overall and 9-3 in the Western Dakota Association standings. Minot is currently in the top-spot at 14-1 and Jamestown is second at 10-2, just in front of the Midgets at the moment.
DHS dropped 21 runs on the Bravettes in the opener and held them hitless and scoreless, while leveling another 17 runs at Belcourt in the nightcap and winning 17-1, but the Midgets maintained their focus despite the exaggerated totals.
"I was pretty confident about the game; you never want to underestimate a team but I thought we had it pretty good," said senior shortstop Baylee Berg. "I think our team does a very good job of keeping their heads in the game."
In the nightcap, DHS scored a quick 4 runs in the first two innings before breaking loose in the third for 6 more while batting around and sending 10 players to the plate. The next inning was calamitous for Belcourt as well, as the Midgets scored another 7 while sending 11 more batters to the plate to close out the game.
"It's definitely good to have some of the other kids get an opportunity to play with varsity," Midgets manager Amanda Mickey said. "I'm glad to see that a lot of them took the opportunity to put the ball in play and make some plays and get some outs and get us some runs."
Overall, the team went 9-for-26 combined at the plate in Game 2, with 15 players getting a swing after numerous substitutions. Berg went 1-for-3 with an RBI and 2 runs, while eighth-grader Maddie Bren went 1-for-3 with a homer, 3 RBI and 3 runs to go along with a stolen base. Freshman Emily Sayler was 1-for-2 with a stolen base and a pair of RBI with a double.
Dickinson High School freshman first-baseman Kyndall Peterson stretches for a throw during the Midgets' Tuesday, May 9, 2023 home doubleheader victory at Bravera Field.
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On the mound, junior hurler Ava Jahner struck out the side in the first inning and she gave way to seventh-grader Gabrielle Sobolik in the second with the middle-schooler turning in an admirable 2-hit performance that featured 7Ks and only 1 earned run.
Dickinson jumped out to a quick 12-run lead at the end of the second inning of Game 1, with the team also closing out the game in the fourth inning with another 8 in the final frame with the bats.