VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The Waldorf University baseball team advanced to the second round of the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Tournament, rolling to an 8-3 victory over Dickinson State University on May 6.

“It was a great team win, especially for the first game of the conference tournament,” Waldorf coach Joe Tautges said.

Mitchell Keeran smashed a two-run home run, turning in a 2-for-4 performance for the Warriors (18-31). The freshman from Clear Lake leads the team with nine homers on the season.

Freshman Jimmy Quirk connected for a solo blast and a double, going 2-for-4 at the plate. Junior Ryan Villarreal provided a two-run single. The Warriors, who entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed, received two hits apiece from junior Michael Keeran and Bruce Mau. Junior Kellan Mick and freshman Garrett Gillen added singles.

“Throughout the lineup we had some good at-bats,” Tautges said. “We only struck out once.”

Dylan Skabo turned in a 2-for-5 performance for the fifth-seeded Blue Hawks (25-26) while Sagan Osborne produced a double.

Waldorf junior Dave Erickson (2-3) earned the win, tossing seven strong innings. He struck out six batters, walked one and yielded three runs (one earned) as he scattered six hits.

“Dave pitched one of his best outings all year,” Tautges said. “He was up in the zone a bit, but managed to get out of some jams he pitched himself into. He pitched a great game for us.”

Junior Tony Manna pitched the eighth inning for the Warriors, issuing one walk while facing four batters. Senior Trevor Bauer closed out the ninth, recording a strikeout and a walk while allowing one hit.

Warrior softball team scores tourney win

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Seventh-seeded Mayville State (N.D.) could not hold onto its fast start versus sixth-seeded Waldorf in the Bracket B loser’s out game of the North Star Athletic Association Softball Conference Tournament at Players Softball Complex Friday afternoon. Trailing 3-0 after two innings, the Warriors exploded for 18 unanswered runs in the third and fourth innings to eliminate the Comets from postseason play by the score of 18-7.

MSU jumped to a 3-0 lead in the opening inning. After opening the bottom of the first with a double by Kiana Ishikawa and a single by Lauren Coronado, the Comets set up a bases loaded situation when Alexandria Tinoco was reached on base by a walk.

A passed ball committed by the Warriors allowed Ishikawa to score for MSU 1-0 lead. The Comets made it 2-0 when Nina Gurgian hit an RBI single.

Megan Rabe produced an RBI sacrifice fly to extend Mayville State’s lead to 3-0 in the opening inning.

Waldorf’s offensive explosion came up in the top of the third inning by producing nine singles, two doubles and scoring 14 runs. The Warriors took a 14-3 lead after the top of the third inning.

WU added four more runs in the fourth inning to expand its lead to 18-4, thanks to Trista Bures’ 2-RBI double and Ashton May’s 2-RBI single.

The Comets ended their scoring drought in the bottom of the fifth inning, highlighted by Tiffany Soria’s 3-run home run, to cut WU’s lead to 18-7. MSU could not extend the game as the Warriors sealed the victory.

Mayville State ended its season 13-32.

Waldorf had seven players with at least two hits in the game. Maggie Hawley drove in five runs. Jessica Abrashamson, Kaitlin Murphy, Bures and May each collected two RBIs.

Hawley earned the victory in the circle for the Warriors. She tossed five innings and allowed seven runs on nine hits. She recorded five strikeouts.

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