Midgets winning streak persists after Magicians double header sweep – The Dickinson Press
DICKINSON – The Midgets showed their championship skills in their home win over Minot on Saturday. The defending 10-point state champions dominated their way to victory in all five innings of Game 1, before the Magicians’ sleight of hand showed they had one more trick up their sleeve for Game 2. .
game one finished 17-2 as Dickinson swung out and collected five quick points before the end of the first frame. Powerhouse senior Taya Hopfauf would smash a two-run homer to get things started, which was followed by another standout senior contribution from Hope Fath – whose deep motivation down the middle earned him a triple and three RBIs.
In a feat that was not accomplished for the duration of their championship season, the Midgets received another accolade when they finished Game 1 without a single Dickinson batter being retired.
“It was fun watching them compete and seeing them hitting so well. I know how hard they worked and it’s great to see all the pieces come together,” said DHS head coach Amanda Mickey. “Minot is a really good softball team, so it was fun to get the win.”
Senior Mataya Mortensen would briefly hold the field in the center of the diamond early in game one, but relinquish 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 look to get her into the season after a serious injury suffered during the 2020-21 hockey season.
In the previous doubleheader of the season, Fath would serve as relief pitcher for Dickinson. On Saturday, she would hold the circle for the whole game two – delivering nine K in the process. Fath, who quickly became a staple of the Midgets’ offensive game plan early in the season, had two RBIs to take the lead.
“I thought she did a phenomenal job,” Mickey said. “I think she did an absolutely wonderful job in the circle. There were a few times we had too many uncompetitive balls, but other than that she hit her points. Her switch worked really well, she stayed for seven innings, took care of her own game.”
The Magicians opened their bag of tricks with a fresh-faced starter in rookie Raegan Terrel, who delivered four strikeouts as she kept the bases clear of runners.
“Terrel did a really good job for them and it kind of confused the kids,” Mickey said. “It’s not like there were a lot of strikeouts, but I think we had a lot of smashed balls that went straight to the defenders and that’s kind of what kept them in the game. match. They also did a great job with quick adjustments.
After the Magicians tied the scoreboard, Midgets senior Kali Kubas showed his own magic touch, doubling with a line drive to bring Mortensen and Hopfauf through the plate to clinch the tightly contested second game.
As record snow envelopes the Western Edge, the Midgets’ next regional game is tentatively scheduled for April 23, against Mandan.
“It seems like a slow start because we only have one game a week and next week will probably be the same, but there’s not much you can do about that.” Mickey said. “You just have to keep improving on days off when you’re not competing with someone else.”
1/2: Baylee Berg hits him over the defense for a home run in Game 1 against Minot on Saturday, April 9.
2/2: The Dickinson Midgets win their non-regional doubleheader against Minot on Saturday, April 9.
First game –
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