VCSU softball ends season at DAC tourney

The Valley City State University softball season ended with a 5-2 loss to Jamestown College in an elimination game Sunday at the the last Dakota Athletic Conference Tournament in Mayville.
Jamestown College jumped out to a 4-0 lead, scoring two in the top of the second and fourth before Cyndi Figol got the Vikings on the board with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth. The Vikings later pushed across one more runner. Jamestown added one more in the top of the seventh inning.
The Vikings were a late threat and brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, but a ground out to second ended the game and the Vikings’ season.
Senior Katie McBride pitched a complete game for the Vikings, allowing two earned runs on ten hits, with two walks and three strikeouts. Offensively, Figol was three for four in her final game as a Viking and Shayna Taffinder had two hits for the Vikings.
VCSU finishes the season with a 26-20 record, the . The season win total is the second highest in school history.
The Vikings entered Sunday’s game after splitting the first two games Saturday.
VCSU lost 8-7 to Dickinson State in the first round, but bounced back to defeat Mayville State 8-5 in an elimination game.
Against Dickinson, the Vikings got ahead early on a solo home run by Figol in the top of the first inning, but Dickinson State responded with five runs in the bottom half half of the first.
Valley City chipped away, scoring two in the second, one in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 6-5 lead, but the Blue Hawks took the lead back in the bottom of the fourth, taking advantage of two Viking errors to score three runs and make it 8-6.
Valley City State continued to battle, scoring one more in the top of the sixth, then placing the tying and go ahead runs on second and third before the Blue Hawks closed the door on the Vikings for the opening round win.
Figol, Jane Pettit and Courtney Shadlock all had two hits of the Vikings’ 10 hits. Emma Nelson hit a solo home run in the third inning, her third of the year.
McBride suffered the loss, throwing six innings, walking three and with no strike outs. The Blue Hawks tallied twelve hits and scored seven earned runs.
In the elimination game versus Mayville State the Vikings took the lead early but couldn’t put the Comets away as they committed five errors in the game to keep Mayville State alive.
Shadlock hit a two run home run in the bottom of the second to build a one-run lead to 3-0 for VCSU. The Comets scored one run each in the third and fourth to make it a 3-2 game before the Vikings put up two in the bottom of the fifth and three in the bottom of the sixth to jump to an 8-2 lead.
Pettit hit a two-run home run, her fifth of the year, to cap the scoring for the Vikings. Even with a few insurance runs, the Comets took advantage of the consecutive VCSU errors to make it 8-5.

VCSU baseball goes 1-2 at DAC tourney
The VCSU baseball team finished 1-2, good enough for third place in the Dakota Athletic Conference tournament Friday and Saturday in Mayville.
In the opening game, a 5-4 win over Dickinson State University, the Vikings allowed a run in the second inning, but tied it in the third, then fell behind again after allowing one run in the bottom of the third and two in the fourth to make it 4-1.
The Vikings got a late offensive surge in the sixth inning, stringing together four runs on five of the team’s six hits in the game to make it 5-4.
Ronnie Blagg threw a complete game for the Vikings, allowing nine hits and striking out five. VCSU’s hits were spread out among six different players.
Saturday, the Vikings lost 10-4 to Mayville State and 5-3 to Jamestown.
Against Mayville, VCSU struggled out of the gate, allowing six runs on three hits and two errors in the bottom of the first inning.
The Vikings later finished with four errors and five hits. Kyle Skinner and Preston Jensen led the Vikings with two hits each. Starting pitcher Taylor Nelson allowed nine runs on seven hits with four walks in five innings pitched.
In the final DAC baseball game, the Vikings lost 5-3 to Jamestown.
The Vikings scored three runs in the bottom of the first to go up 3-1 early, but the Jimmies got runs in the top of the seventh and a three-run top of the ninth.
Scott Stephenson and Colin Waldner led the Vikings with three hits each.
The Vikings end the season with a 12-33 record.