DICKINSON, ND- Dickinson State University Head Softball Coach, Kristen Fleury, is pleased to announce the signing of Jalen Creech and Racheal Dillon from Billings, MT.
After growing up together and playing softball on the same team's most of their childhood, Billings' natives, Jalen Creech and Racheal Dillon went their separate ways upon graduating high school. Creech to Williston State and Dillon to University of Montana. The two will reunite to play for the Blue Hawks in the fall of 2016. Creech is a pitcher and Dillion is an outfielder.
"I saw them both play the summer of their senior season of high school and was interested in them then but I missed the boat on them two years ago. I have followed them both closely the last two years and when I found out they wanted to reunite I knew if I could get one I would get the other. It is a win- win for everyone."
Rachael's stop at University of Montana was short lived after she didn't make the team. At that point she thought her playing days were over before she got a call to transfer to Dawson Community College in Glendive, MT. "Jalen was actually the one who encouraged me to continue to play, but I didn't know where. I thought my playing days were over until I got a call from a former teammate who was at Dawson Community College and encouraged me to come play there. I had never been to Dawson, I just showed up in the spring because I wanted to continue to play. I am glad I did."
In 2015 Dillion was the MonDak Region MVP and NJCAA 3rd Team All-American after putting up some impressive numbers at the plate for Dawson. Creech was the MonDak Most Valuable Pitcher at Williston.
"Getting the two top kids in the region is huge. Not often can you walk away with both of them. Jaleen is going to give us not only tremendous depth on the mound but she can be a huge impact at the plate for us. Rachael is such an offensive threat. A true lefty that hits for power."
Coach Tiffany Buckmaster from Williston State had this to say about Creech, "Jalen is a true leader, not only when she has the ball on the mound but in all aspects of the team. Coming off last year's success she has set high expectations for herself this season and has continue to rise to them. She loves conversations and I'm going to miss that the most about Jalen when she moves on next year. She is an essence of a team player. She doesn't care about personal accolades or stats, she is all about the team."
Dawson's assistant coach Tami had nothing but great things to say about Dillon, "When Rachael showed up in the spring for us she was an instant game changer. She is your typical four hitter who will produce RBI's for the team. She is the true definition of "student-athlete". She is one of the most humble kids I have ever coached and doesn't make the game about herself."
Although the two may be at rival schools right now, they say it's tough playing against each other. They want to see each other succeed and have been talking about moving on to the same school for over a year but never really thought it would happen. "We started talking about it over a year ago and just said we should email the same coaches and see what may happen. We are both so excited and grateful for this opportunity. We talk now about our ups and down's on the field from miles away and now we get the chance be actually be there for each other."
Coach Fleury said, "Despite their athletic ability I knew when these two got on campus, Dickinson State would be a good fit for them. After Rachael's visit she sent me a hand written thank you card, something that has never happened and went along way's with me. They are both great kids that's come from great families and programs. I am excited to watch them grow and be a part of our program."