Century takes hard-earned sweep of Dickinson, Legacy splits with Minot

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In an early top-five matchup, Century softball took down No. 1 Dickinson in a doubleheader on Tuesday, winning game one 9-7 and game two 15-13.

In the first game, Century jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. Dickinson eventually broke through against Century pitcher Maddy Zander in the second, when senior Kennedy Kuntz drilled a 3-2 fastball into right center for a two-out, two-RBI single.

Century would answer an inning later. With a runner on base, sophomore Lexi Duchscherer showed bunt before pulling back and hitting a liner over the right field fence to put the Patriots up 4-2.

Century squandered its second lead in the bottom half of the frame. Dickinson freshman Taya Hopfauf drilled a solo home run to right to make it 4-3, and the Midgets then tied the game when a runner on third scored via a Zander wild pitch.

Shortly after that wild pitch, play was suspended, with Zander in obvious pain and clutching her right forearm. She exited the game that inning but later came back to hit and play center field. She did not resume pitching.

In her place came freshman pitcher Brooklyn Morris, who got the Patriots out of the third with the game tied at 4 and ptiched the rest of the way.

Century’s offense scored three runs in the fifth to pull ahead 7-4, and Morris continued to hold Dickinson’s bats in check through the sixth inning.

The Patriots added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh to go up 9-4, which turned out to be crucial, as Dickinson finally got to Morris by starting a three-run rally in the final frame. With the score 9-7, Mataya Mortensen came to the plate as the potential tying run with two outs, but she sent a hard line drive right to Zander in center field to end the game.

After the game one victory, Century head coach Kevin Ziegler praised the team for being aggressive at the dish against Mortensen.

“We didn’t want to stand back and let her get up in the count right away, and I think it paid off,” Ziegler said. “We had some kids there that came through with some big hits, and it worked out for us.”

In game two, Century built a double-digit lead but saw Dickinson climb back within two runs after six innings. However, the game was then called due to darkness. The final score was 15-13, giving Century the road sweep.

In the capital city, Legacy split a doubleheader with Minot. Minot won game one 15-9, and Legacy won game two 5-4.

Mandan visited Watford City and earned a sweep with a 15-4 win and 29-4 win.

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