MHS softball closes out regular season with a split against Dickinson
DICKINSON — The Majettes and Midgets had a lot to play for Monday as they wrapped up the regular season with a doubleheader down in Dickinson.
The No. 3 through No. 5 seeds in the upcoming West Region Tournament were all up for grabs with Dickinson, Minot High and Legacy jockeying for the remaining spots.
With a split on Monday, the Majettes taking Game 1 by a score of 10-9 and the Midgets winning Game 2, 11-8, the three teams stayed in the same positions they had at the start of the day.
Dickinson (22-8, 12-6 WDA) claimed the No. 3 seed with Minot High (18-12, 11-7 WDA) picking up the tiebreaker over Legacy (13-13, 11-7 WDA) for the No. 4 seed due to head-to-head run differential.
Minot battled back twice in the first game on Monday to grab a narrow win. The Majettes first rallied from a 3-0 deficit after four innings with seven straight runs across the fifth and sixth innings.
Dickinson dropped a five-spot in the bottom of the fifth to regain the lead, 8-7.
A walk, an error and a hit by pitch allowed Jailee Britt and Landry Maragoes to drive in three more runs in the seventh and put the Majettes back on top, 10-8. The Midgets left the tying runner on first base in the bottom half after an RBI single by Mataya Mortensen.
Another Majettes’ win in the nightcap would have propelled Minot over Dickinson for the No. 3 seed in the West Region Tournament. The Midgets, who were on the ropes for the first four innings and even trailed 4-3 at one point, stopped the Majettes with a six-run fifth inning.
Reese Hauck ignited the outburst with a solo home run, and Dickinson just kept on scoring.
Despite a 3-for-4 hitting performance from Abby Barnum and the Majettes adding four more runs in the final two innings, the Midgets held on for an 11-8 win.
As a result, the No. 4-seeded Majettes will face No. 5-seeded Legacy in the first round of the West Region Tournament on Thursday in Dickinson. Game time still has to be decided.