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Morningside sweeps Dickinson State, pushes winning streak to five

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - Morningside rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Dickinson State 4-3 in the second game to complete a sweep of Saturday’s softball doubleheader at the SYA Complex.

The Mustangs’ second game rally came after they won the opener 2-1 when McKenzie Anderson delivered a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning. Anderson’s clutch single drove in winning pitcher Jordan Johnson, who had reached base on a two-out error and advanced to third on a single by Rachel Koch.

The sweep extended the Mustangs’ winning streak to five games and improved their record to 10-6 going into a Sunday twinbill against the University of Jamestown slated for 1:30 p.m. at the SYA Complex.

Johnson (5-3) pitched all 12 innings in a pitcher’s duel with the Blue Hawks’ Regan Lawrence. Johnson scattered 10 hits, struck out five, and did not walk a batter. Lawrence (6-5) also allowed 10 hits around four walks and six strikeouts.

Koch had two of the Mustangs’ hits with a double and single.  Taylor Daas also had a multiple hit performance with a pair of singles. The Mustangs’ other hits were singles by Johnson, Anderson, Michelle Brockamp, Kati Steffen, Morgan Fogelman, and Elin Landgren.

Dickinson State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Brianna Grayson led off with a triple and scored when Rebecca Lopez reached on a fielder’s choice where the Mustangs made an unsuccessful attempt to throw out Grayson at the plate.

Morningside scored an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh to push the game into extra innings. Landgren started the rally with an infield single. Daas then blooped a single into center field and a throwing error by the left fielder on the toss back to the infield put runners on second and third with one out. That set the stage for Kristina Neumann, who lofted a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Landgren with the tying run.

 The Mustangs trailed 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning of the nightcap before they tied the score on a RBI single by Neumann and won it on a RBI single by Steffen. Neumann’s game tying hit drove in Marissa Childress, who was in the game as a pinch-runner after Alexandra Hirt worked Lawrence for a leadoff walk. Steffen’s game winning hit drove in Landgren, who was in the game as a pinch-runner for Neumann. Sacrifice bunts by Daas and Brockamp set up the two RBI singles.

Steffen went four-for-four with three doubles to pace an 11-hit Morningside offensive attack in the nightcap. Winning pitcher Kayla Salonen had a double and single and Neumann had two hits and a pair of RBIs. Daas had a double, while Anderson and Hirt each had singles.

Salonen scattered eight hits in a complete game effort to improve her record to 5-3. She walked three and fanned four.

The Blue Hawks had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when McKenzie Kenobble led off with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Grayson.

Dickinson State’s lead was short lived when the Mustangs answered with two runs in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI single by Neumann and a RBI double by Steffen. Neumann’s hit drove in Daas, who doubled to start the inning.

The Blue Hawks regained the lead in the third inning when Tiffany Morgan slugged a two-run double to put the guests up 3-2.

Courtesy: Morningside Media Relations
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