April 13, 2017
Photos credits by Scott Voigt
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) left 13 runners as Presentation (S.D.) held on to a 2-0 in the four-game series opener victory Thursday evening at Thue Softball Complex. The Trojans answered back with a 5-1 game two win, earning a key North Star Athletic Association Softball doubleheader split.
Dakota State earned their third win in the last four games, improving to 14-25 overall record and 5-15 North Star conference record. Presentation fell to 16-24 overall record and 6-12 record in NSAA after game two defeat, losing their fifth game in the last six games.
Both teams will play another key North Star conference doubleheader Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. The games will be held at Thue Softball Complex.
Game 1: Presentation (S.D.) 2, Dakota State (S.D.) 0 – FINAL
The Saints scored twice in the top second inning and held on to post a two-run victory in the NSAA's four-game series opener.
Celia Cerezo hit an infield single and advanced to second base with one out for PC in the top second frame. Jaycee Herman reached on base by a walk. Darrian Gibson drilled an RBI double to score Cerezo to give PC its first lead at 1-0. Shanice Webb followed up with an RBI sacrifice fly to score Herman to extend Saints' lead to 2-0.
The Trojans could not score their first run of the game in the bottom third inning, leaving bases loaded.
Dakota State attempted to make a comeback in the final inning, but could not convert their scoring opportunities as the Saints hang on to the victory. Nicole Stewart led off the bottom seventh inning with a double. Peyton Brokiewicz also added a walk with two outs. DSU left two runners on base when the game ended.
Stewart finished the game by going 2-of-3 at the plate with a double and single for DSU. McFadden, Jasmin and Tatum Ronke each added a single. McFadden swiped one base.
Gibson had a double and an RBI for PC. Webb added a single and an RBI. Cerezo had a hit.
The Trojans outhit the Saints 5-3 in the game. PC's defense recorded two double plays.
Luna (L, 5-10) recorded the loss, despite tossing a complete game in the pitching circle for Dakota State. She limited the Saints to three hits and gave up two runs. She recorded three strikeouts. Luna retired the last 15 of the last 17 PC batters in the game.
Megan Mendonca (W, 6-8) earned a complete game victory for Presentation. She allowed five hits, but gave up nine walks.
Game 2: Dakota State (S.D.) 5, Presentation (S.D.) 1 – FINAL
After the Saints took the first lead in the second game of the doubleheader, the Trojans answered back with five straight runs to earn a 5-1 victory.
Cortni Mendoza led off the game with a single for PC and swiped to second base. Haylee Hemmert hit an RBI single to score Mendoza to give Presentation a 1-0 lead.
DSU snapped their scoring drought after plating three runs in the bottom half of the first frame. McFadden was hit-by-pitch to kick off the inning for the Trojans. After Kayla Schmell's ground out to advance McFadden to second base, Stewart hit a single to advance McFadden to third base.
Lucero recorded an RBI fielder's choice to score McFadden as Dakota State knotted the game at 1-1 with two outs in the bottom first (Stewart was forced out at second base). PC's Amber Ewert committed a wild pitch to advance Lucero to second base. Ronke reached on base by a walk.
The Trojans continued their scoring surge as Brokiewicz and Marsh hit back-to-back RBI singles, extending their lead to 3-1 in the first inning.
Dakota State added a pair of runs in the bottom fourth inning. Megan Zephier led off with a single. McFadden recorded a sacrifice bunt to advance Kasey Randall, pinch runner for Zephier, to second base. Schmell added a single to advance Randall to third base.
Stewart registered an RBI ground out (Schmell advanced to second base) to score Randell as DSU's lead grew to 4-1 in the bottom fourth. Lucero added an RBI single to score Schmell for 5-1 DSU lead.
DSU's Kelly Drake retired nine straight PC batters from the fourth through sixth innings.
The Saints left two runners on base when the game ended, securing the victory for Dakota State.
Lucero was 2-of-3 at the plate with two singles and drove in two runs for the Trojans. Stewart added two singles and an RBI. Brokiewicz and Marsh each had a single and an RBI. Zephier had two hits. McFadden and Schmell each had a hit.
Hemmert went 2-of-3 with two singles and an RBI for the Saints. Mendoza and Herman each had a single. Mendoza swiped one base.
DSU pound out 10 hits compared to PC 6 hits. The Trojans left nine runners on base compared to the Saints six runners left on base.
Drake (W, 8-12) earned her third straight pitching victory for Dakota State. She tossed a complete game and allowed one run on six hits. She recorded three strikeouts.
Ewert (L, 1-4) recorded the loss after pitching six innings for Presentation. She gave up five runs on ten hits.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director