ABERDEEN, S.D. – Dickinson State (N.D.), top overall seed in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Softball Postseason Tournament, advanced to the championship game best-of-three series after a 1-0 pitcher's duel victory over No. 4 seed Bellevue (Neb.) Saturday afternoon at Players Softball Complex.
The Blue Hawks (43-9 overall record) will be making their second straight NSAA Softball Conference Championship Game Sunday versus the winner of No. 3 seed Jamestown (N.D.)-No. 2 seed Valley City State (N.D.). The best-of-three championship series will start at either 12 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. (if UJ defeated VCSU in the Bracket B, the first championship game will be scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday).
The Bracket A championship game featured a battle between two top pitchers in the NSAA conference, between DiSU's Alexzandria Watson and BU's Kelli Fisher. A total of six hits and sixteen strikeouts were recorded in the game.
McKenzie Kenobbie led off with a single in the bottom first frame for the Blue Hawks. Monique Yslas recorded a sacrifice bunt to advance Kenobbie to second base. Kenobbie advanced to third after Alex Vargas' ground out. Brianna Grayson produced an RBI single to score Kenobbie for 1-0 DiSU lead.
Bellevue have two singles in the game, but did not make pass first base throughout the game. Emily Gaux and Sayde Woten each had a hit in the game for the Bruins.
Kenobbie went perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three singles for the Blue Hawks. Grayson added a single and an RBI.
Watson (W, 23-2) earned a complete game victory in the pitching circle for Dickinson State. She gave up two hits and recorded nine strikeouts in the game.
Fisher (L, 22-13) took the loss for the Bruins after tossing a complete game for Bellevue. She allowed one run on four hits and struck out seven DiSU's batters.
The Bruins ended their 2016 season with an overall record of 34-20.
Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director