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Game 1:  10 am Friday, May 2, 2014:  Dickinson State 9, Dakota State 0 (5 innings 8 run rule) - The Bluehawks won their 19th straight game.  Regan Lawrence pitched a one hit shutout, while Brianna Grayson batted in 3 runs.  Dickinson had 9 hits to  the Trojans one (a single by Kellie Heiser in the 5th).

Game 2:  10:15 am Fri. May 2, 2014: Valley City State 13 vs Presentation 9 - Presentation led 7-4 after the top of the 3rd, but the Vikings exploded for 7 runs in that inning and finished with a 13-9 win.  The wind was blowing up to 25 mph and 5 homeruns was the result - 2 by Presentation (Shelby Anderson and Brenda Botzenhart) and 3 by Valley City (Liz Hall Sewell, Brittany Lehner, and Katrina Boychuk).  Lehner had 3 RBI, scored 2 runs, and walked twice to lead the Vikings.

Game 3:  Noon Fri. May 2, 2014:  Great Falls 3, Jamestown 0 - Keeley Van Blaricom pitched a 2 hit shutout for the Lady Argos with 12 K.  Van Blaricom and Mindy Larson each had 2 hits for Great Falls, while Regan Rucks hit a double.  Tylnn McKeever had a double for Jamestown.

Game 4:  1:00 pm Fri May 2, 2014:  Dakota State 7, Presentation 2 - Saints eliminated - Rachel Hughes threw 5.1 IP, was the winning pitcher, and had 5 K for Dakota State.  Trojan leading hitters were Erica Beler with 3 hits, while Brittany Hill and Katie Slibowski each hit a HR.  For Presentation, Karyssa Marbet had a double, while Shelby Anderson had 2 hits.

Game 5:  2 pm Fri May 2, 2014:  Dickinson State 6, Jamestown 2 - Jimmies eliminated - For Dickinson State, Tiffany Morgan threw a complete game and issued no walks.  Solid hitters for the Bluehawks were Rebecca Lopez 3-4, Alex Vargas 2-3, and Kailey Olcott HR.  Four Jimmies had 2 hits:  Courtney Van den Bussche, Emily Newman, Tylnn McKeever, and Autumn Wang.

Game 6:  4 pm Fri. May 2, 2014:  Great Falls 3, Valley City State 0 - Great Falls long 800 mile trek to Jamestown has so far been worth it.  The Lady Argos notched a second win on the day with a 3-0 shutout of Valley City State.  Kirstie Thomas ( 4 IP) and Keeley Van Blaricom (3 IP) combined on a three hit shutout  - they issued no walks.  Solid Hitters for UGF Lady Argos:  Regan Rucks and Thomas each had 2 hits, while Taylor Nielsen doubled and Mindy Larson tripled.  For Valley City State, Liz Hal Sewell continued to hit well with 2 of the three Viking hits.

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Game 7:  11 am Sat. May 3, 2014:  Dickinson State 3, Great Falls 0 - In the undefeated game of the NSAA-Frontier tourney, it was two Frontier conference teams battling to move to the championship.  Regan Lawrence threw her second shutout of the tournament to lead Dickinson State to the 3-0 victory, the 21st in a row for the BlueHawks.  Alex Vargas hit a Homerun, while Lindsey Sullivan had 2 RBI.  For Great Falls, Regan Rucks continued to hit well in the tourney with 2 hits.

Game 8:  1 pm Sat. May 3, 2014:  Dakota State 3, Valley City State 2 - Vikings eliminated -  In a game to keep a season alive, the Trojans beat the Vikings 3-2.  Dakota State came out swinging with the first three hitters walloping extra bases (Erica Belter double, Lexy Miller triple, and Elizabeth Rubalacava double).  Valley City tied it in the fifth with two of their own as Liz Hall Sewell belted a 2 run HR, her seventh of the season.  The Trojans scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth as Rubalacava hit her second homerun of the year.  Katie Slibowski shut the door in the 7th, striking out a Viking to end the game, as she earned the complete game win.  The Vikings end their season with a 22-21 record.

Game 9:  3 pm Sat. May 3, 2014:  Great Falls 5, Dakota State 0 - Trojans eliminated - Kirstie Thomas, Great Falls batting average leader coming into the day, is also the Lady Argo with the most wins.  She didn't get a hit in this game, but she did throw a complete game one hit shutout with 7 K for the win.  The Great Falls fireworks were provided by Mindy Larson (HR, her fifth of the season), Kellie O'Brien (HR, her 7th of the season), and two doubles by Keeley Van Blaricom.  Katie Slibowski had the only hit for Dakota State as the Trojans end their season with a 12-32 mark.

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Game 10:  1 pm Sun. May 4, 2014: Dickinson State 2, Great Falls 1 - The Blue Hawks won their 22nd game in a row to improve to 39-13 on the season with a 2-1 NSAA Frontier Conference Championship win over Great Falls.  Dickinson earns the right to the NAIA National Tournament, while Great Falls ends their season with a 17-17 record.  Dickinson outscored their opponents 20-3 in the tournament.  Regan Lawrence of the Blue Hawks earned her third win of the tournament and was one pitch from a third straight shutout.  That one pitch was a top of the sixth inning HomeRun by Kirstie Thomas of the Lady Argos to give UGF a 1-0 lead.  Dickinson quickly tied it in the bottom of the sixth as Alex Vargas singled home Rebecca Lopez to knot the game at 1.  Lawrence pitched a shutout inning in the 7th, that paved the way for her claim to tournament MVP honors.  Brianna Grayson was on second with one out after a double.  Lawrence hit a line drive single to left that plated Grayson and gave the Blue Hawks an NAIA Tournament spot.


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Article below courtesy of Jamestown Sun Staff, 5/5/14

Dickinson State rode Regan Lawrence to the NSAA/Frontier Conference tournament title.

Lawrence won her third game of the tournament and singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh as the Blue Hawks edged the University of Great Falls 2-1 at McElroy Park.


The Blue Hawks have won 22 straight games and outscored their four opponents 20-3 in the tournament.

The Argos led 1-0 after Kirstie Thomas connected for a solo home run in the top of the sixth off Lawrence, but Dickinson State (39-13) tied it on Rebecca Lopez's run-scoring single in the bottom of the sixth and won it when Lawrence plated Brianna Grayson with the game-winner in the seventh.

Lawrence easily deserved a mention as tournament MVP as the Blue Hawks advanced to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.


The Argos finished the season at 17-17.

NSAA/Frontier Conference Tournament Championship

Dickinson State 2, University of Great Falls 1

Lady Argos 000 001 0 — 1 7 0

Blue Hawks 000 001 1 — 2 5 2

Keeley Van Blaricom and Madison Jones. Regan Lawrence and Brianna Grayson. W—Lawrence. L—Van Blaricom. 2B-UGF, Mindy Larson. DSU, McKenzie Kenobbie. HR-UGF, Kirstie Thomas. SB-DSU, Monique Yslas.

Article above courtesy of Jamestown Sun Staff, 5/5/14

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Article below Courtesy of Jamestown Sun

sports editor Dave Selvig, 5/3/14


Runs were hard to come by for the Jimmies on Friday and it resulted in a quick end to their season.

The University of Jamestown lost to the University of Great Falls 3-0 and Dickinson State 6-2 at the North Star Athletic Association/Frontier Conference tournament at McElroy Park.


The Jimmies had more strikeouts (14) than hits (11) on the day.

"We didn't do much of anything with the bats," said coach Kevin Gall. "We need to figure out hitting, or find some girls that can just do it."


The Jimmies finished the season at 21-23 and were unable to establish much consistency offensively.

"We weren't bad at times, but we were close to it," Gall said. "We just had a tough time scoring runs and we struck out too much. We couldn't figure it out."


Great Falls ace Keeley Van Blaricom blanked the Jimmies on a two-hitter in the third game of the day. She also had 12 strikeouts.

"We faced her earlier (in the season) and were opportunistic and had enough to hold on," Gall said. "She's a good pitcher. We didn't do much against her and we didn't get any breaks."


Tylynn McKeever doubled for the Jimmies. Hattie Fullmer had the other hit.

Senior Emily Snow worked the first four frames and took the loss, allowing two runs on six hits.


Against Dickinson State, the Jimmies scored an unearned run in the top of the first, but were held scoreless until the seventh by Tiffany Morgan.

Courtney Van den Bussche went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Jimmies. Emily Newman also had two hits and an RBI.

Mandy Thiessen took the loss for the Jimmies, her third in 10 decisions.


Rebecca Lopez paced the Blue Hawks, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored as Dickinson State (37-13) extended its winning streak to 20 games.


DiSU 9, DaSU 0 (5)

The top-seeded Blue Hawks rolled to a 9-0 win in the opening game of the day.

Regan Lawrence fired a one-hitter with four strikeouts for Dickinson State.

Brianna Grayson went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Lopez scored twice and drove in two.

Samantha Mitchell had the Trojans' lone hit.


VCSU 13, PC 9

Valley City State clubbed three home runs en route to a 13-9 win over Presentation College.

Liz Hall-Sewell, Brittany Lehner and Katarina Boychuk all went deep for the Vikings, who had 11 hits.

The Saints banged out 14 hits and got home runs from Shelby Anderson and Brenda Botzenhart.

Lindsey White earned the win in relief for the Vikings.


DaSU 7, PC 2

Brittany Hill and Katie Slibowski homered and two Dakota State pitchers combined to allow just five hits in a 7-2 win over Presentation College in loser-out play.

Rachel Hughes worked the first 5 1/3 innings in the circle to get the win.

Leadoff hitter Erica Belter was 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Trojans.

Anderson had two hits as the Saints finished the season at 19-26.



The Argos moved into a showdown of tournament unbeatens with Dickinson State thanks to a combined three-hit shutout from Kirstie Thomas and Van Blaricom.

The Blue Hawks and Argos (16-15) square off at 11 a.m.

Thomas went the first four and Van Blaricom notched the save by working the final three innings.

Regan Rucks went 2-for-4 with two doubles for the Argos, while Thomas also contributed two hits.

Samantha Nalley went all seven in the circle for the Vikings. She fanned nine batters and surrendered three runs on 10 hits.

Hall-Sewell had two of the Vikings' three hits. Valley City State plays Dakota State in the second game today in a loser-out contest.

Article above Courtesy of Jamestown Sun

sports editor Dave Selvig, 5/3/14

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Article below courtesy of Jamestown Sun sports writer Michael Savaloja, 5/2/14


The University of Jamestown and brand new Lyle Lawrence Field will be on full display starting today, playing host to this weekend's NSAA/Frontier conference postseason softball tournament.

The Jimmies (21-21) have earned the No. 3 seed for the tourney, and they'll be taking the field at noon to square off against Frontier Conference opponent Great Falls (Mont.).


The game will mark the first time in nearly a week since the Jimmies have been on the diamond. They most recently swept a pair of games against Presentation College last Saturday, but a second doubleheader against the Saints was crossed off the schedule due to the recent snap of wet and dreary spring conditions.


Mother Nature, however, appears as if it plans to cooperate with this weekend's tournament — which runs through Sunday —and after playing to a record of 5-5 over their last 10 games, maybe a little down time was just what the doctor ordered for the Jimmies.

"We'll find out (today). In some ways you can get better by doing nothing," Jimmie softball coach Kevin Gall said. "When you've been playing every day, your body wears down and sometimes you tend to develop some bad habits. So sometimes it's best to just shut it down for a few days.

"I think Emily Snow will hopefully bounce back from the little slump she's been in, and we've got some little bumps and bruises that have all healed up."

Snow, a senior from Rio Linda, California, will get the nod in the circle today against the Argos (14-15). She leads the Jimmie pitching staff in ERA (2.97) and strikeouts (101), and is tied with Hanna Dunnigan and Mandy Thiessen for the team lead in wins with seven.


Snow, the Jimmies' ace, has struggled in recent weeks, going 1-6 with one no decision over her last eight starts. But her last win came against today's opponent in a 5-3 Jimmie victory over Great Falls in Jamestown back on April 12.


The Jimmies swept the Argos that weekend, taking the second half of the doubleheader 5-4. A second twinbill against the Argos, however, was lost due to weather.

Gall and the Jimmies know they'll more than likely be facing sophomore starting pitcher Keeley Van Blaricom today. Van Blaricom is 3-8 with a 2.17 ERA in 16 starts, and she leads the Argos with 60 strikeouts.


Offensively, Great Falls has been led by Kirstie Thomas (.328) and Kelli O'Brien (6 HRs, 23 RBIs).

"They have a really good pitcher in Van Blaricom. After that they've got some bats, and we really didn't get to see the true power that they have," Gall said. "With Van Blaricom, she's got high velocity. She can bring it, and for whatever reason if we can't time her up and get a rhythm going on her, we'll struggle to score some runs.

"But it's one of those things where we just have to go out and play, and (Great Falls) had to sit on the bus the whole day. So hopefully that plays into our advantage."

The Argos trek to Jamestown this weekend was a 10-hour, 650-mile marathon from Great Falls. The team begins the tournament after falling in each of its last five games.


Courtney Van den Bussche (.434) and Emily Newman (.419) are both batting over .400 for the .500 Jimmies. Van den Bussche also leads the team in runs (36), doubles (9) and stolen bases (18), while Newman's 33 RBIs and four triples tops the lineup.


"We talked about doing all the little things and to play for each other. If we can continue to do all those little things that will help us be successful," Gall said. "We're just going to play one game at a time and one pitch at a time."


Dickinson State (35-13), winner of 18 straight, is the tournament's No. 1 seed and is facing No. 6 seed Dakota State (10-30) this morning at 11. Valley City State (21-19) faces Presentation (19-24) at 10:15 a.m. on Field 8 at McElroy Park.


If the Jimmies win, they take on either Valley City or Presentation today at 4 p.m. at Lyle Lawrence Field. If they lose, the Jimmies face Dickinson State or Dakota State at 2 p.m.


The weekend's tournament champion receives an automatic berth to the NAIA national championship opening round, which will be played from May 12-14 at sites to be determined.


Article above courtesy of Jamestown Sun sports writer Michael Savaloja, 5/2/14

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article below courtesy of Nick Huntimer, NSAA Sports Information Director

MADISON, S.D. – The NAIA Unaffiliated North Star Athletic Association/Frontier Softball Conference Postseason Tournament had announced its pairings.  Six of the seven teams in the conferences qualified for the conference postseason tournament, which is hosted by the University of Jamestown (N.D.) at Lyle Lawrence Field in Jamestown, N.D.  The tournament runs from Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4.

Dickinson State (N.D.), who won 18 straight games to conclude the regular season with an overall record of 35-13 (20-1 NSAA/Frontier record), will be the top-seed team in the conference qualifying tournament.  Valley City State (N.D.) is No. 2 seed with a 21-19 record (10-6 NSAA/Frontier).  The Vikings clinched at least a share of the NSAA softball regular-season title by winning 10 straight NSAA conference games after opening the conference play with a 0-2 record.


Jamestown (N.D.) (21-21, 13-8 NSAA/Frontier) will be the third seed, with Great Falls (Mont.) (14-15, 1-3 NSAA/Frontier) fourth seed.  Presentation (S.D.) (19-24, 7-11 NSAA/Frontier) earns the fifth seed, while Dakota State (S.D.) (10-30, 5-12 NSAA/Frontier) gains the last spot in the conference tournament at No. 6 seed.  Mayville State (N.D.) did not qualify for the conference tournament (4-24, 2-16 NSAA/Frontier).


The NAIA Unaffiliated NSAA/Frontier tournament will be played according to the NAIA-Softball Coaches' Association Six-Team Double-Elimination Bracket.  The tournament champion receives an automatic berth to the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round, which will be played on May 12-14 at ten different campus announced by the NAIA. 


The tournament kicks off on Friday morning at 10 a.m. (Central Time) with No. 1 seed Dickinson State taking on No. 6 seed Dakota State on Field 11 at Lyle Lawrence Field.  Also at 10:15 a.m., No. 2 seed Valley City State plays No. 5 seed Presentation on Field 8.  No. 3 seed and host-team Jamestown faces No. 4 seed Great Falls at 12 noon on Field 11.

The postseason runs through Sunday, May 4 with the championship game.  Pairings may need to be adjusted after the outcomes of Game 5 and 6 on Friday.


2014 NAIA North Star Athletic Association/Frontier Softball Championship –

hosted by University of Jamestown –

Lyle Lawrence Field –

Jamestown, N.D.

(Times are Central Time)


Friday, May 2, 2014
Game 1:  No. 1 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) (35-13 overall record, 20-1 NSAA/Frontier record) vs. No. 6 seed Dakota State (S.D.) (10-30, 5-12 NSAA/Frontier) – 10 a.m. – Field 11
Game 2:  No. 2 seed Valley City State (N.D.) (21-19, 10-6 NSAA/Frontier) vs. No. 5 seed Presentation (S.D.) (19-24, 7-11 NSAA/Frontier) – 10:15 a.m. – Field 8
Game 3:  No. 3 seed Jamestown (N.D.) (21-21, 13-8 NSAA/Frontier) vs. No. 4 seed Great Falls (Mont.) (14-15, 1-3 NSAA/Frontier) – 12 p.m. – Field 11
Game 4:  Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 12:15 p.m. – Field 8
Game 5:  Winner Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3 – 2 p.m. – Field 11
Game 6:  Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3 – 4 p.m. – Field 11

Note:  Pairings may need to be adjusted after the outcomes of Game 5 and 6 on Friday, May 2. 

Saturday, May 3, 2014 (All games will be on Field 11
Game 7:  Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 – 11 a.m.
Game 8:  Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 6 – 1 p.m.
Game 9:  Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 7 – 3 p.m.


Sunday, May 4, 2014 (All games will be on Field 11)
Game 10:  Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner – 1 p.m. (Championship Game)
Game 11:  Game 10 winner vs. Game 10 winner – 3 p.m. (If necessary if Game 7 winner suffer first loss in Game 10) Winner advances to 2014 NAIA Softball National Tournament Opening Round on May 12-14


Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director