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Softball - Mon, Mar. 24, 2014

March 24, 2014

MADISON, S.D. – The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) announced its second edition of the weekly softball honors Monday.  Stephanie Sandoval of Dakota State (S.D.) was named to NSAA Softball Player-of-the-Week, while Lindsey White of Valley City State (N.D.) was selected to the NSAA Softball Pitcher-of-the-Week.

North Star Athletic Association Softball Player-of-the-Week
Stephanie Sandoval – Dakota State (S.D.) – 5'3" – Freshman – Utility – Pomona, Calif. – Sandoval was 11-for-16 at the plate (.688 batting average) as the Trojans recorded two victories for the week.  She added a double and a triple (.875 slugging percentage).  Sandoval was perfect 6-for-6 in stolen bases and produced four runs batted in (RBIs).  She is currently on a seven-game hitting streak.

North Star Athletic Association Softball Pitcher-of-the-Week
Lindsey White – Valley City State (N.D.) – 5'10" – Junior – Pitcher – Menahga, Minn. – White posted a 3-1 pitching record for the week as Valley City State went 3-2 for the week, finishing with a 5-4 record in the Tucson (Ariz.) Invitational.  For the week, White recorded an earned run average (ERA) of 1.30.  She gave up 10 runs (five unearned) on 25 hits in 27 innings.  She accumulated a total of 17 strikeouts (3.4 strikeouts per game).  White recorded victories over Tabor (Kan.), Avila (Mo.) and Oklahoma Baptist (receiving votes in the NAIA Softball 'Top 25' national poll).

Recap from last week games
Presentation (S.D.) extended their winning streak to eight games as they won four games in the Cobber Round Robin in West St. Paul, Minn. on March 18 and 19.  The Saints defeated Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) 9-8 and 9-0, Finlandia (Canada) 10-1 and Bethany Lutheran (Minn.) 7-4.  PC is 9-8 overall record this season.

Dakota State (S.D.) snapped their seven-game losing streak with a doubleheader sweep over Sterling (Kan.) on March 22.  The Trojans dropped a doubleheader to Briar Cliff (Iowa) on March 19.  DSU lost their first three games of the Sterling Softball Tournament, losing to No. 24 Friends 8-0 and Bethany (Kan.) 10-2 on March 21 and fell short to McPherson (Kan.) on March 22.  Dakota State swept the host-team Sterling 10-5 and 7-2 to improve their overall record to 9-10.

Valley City State (N.D.) concluded their Tucson (Ariz.) Invitational with a 5-4 record last week.  The Vikings registered victories over Doane (Neb.), Tabor (Kan.), Avila (Mo.), Antelope Valley (Calif.) and Oklahoma Baptist (receiving votes in the NAIA Softball 'Top 25' national poll).  The Vikings lost to Southwestern (Kan.), British Columbia (Canada), Oklahoma Baptist and Dickinson State (N.D.).  VCSU is 11-13 overall record this season.

Jamestown (N.D.) was idle last week.  The Jimmies are on a four-game winning streak, lifting their overall record to 7-9.

Mayville State (N.D.) went 1-7 record in the Tucson (Ariz.) Invitational last week.  The Comets lost to British Columbia (Canada), Doane (Neb.), Huntington (Ind.), Southwestern (Kan.), Tabor (Kan.), Avila (Mo.) and Oklahoma Baptist.  MSU ended their six-game losing streak with a 7-0 victory over Antelope Valley (Calif.) on March 19.  Mayville State is 2-8 overall record this season.

Dickinson State (N.D.) had won eight games in the last 10 games last week in the Tucson Invitational.  The Blue Hawks defeated Tabor (Kan.), Mount Marty (S.D.), Southwestern (Kan.), Antelope Valley (Calif.) twice, Avila (Mo.), Oklahoma Baptist and Valley City State.  DiSU lost to Huntington (Ind.) and Oklahoma Baptist.  Dickinson State, who lost four straight games to open the season, is 13-7 overall record.

Looking Ahead
Jamestown (N.D.) returns back to action for the first time since March 16 as they play a doubleheader at Morningside (Iowa) on March 26.  The doubleheader is set to start at 3 p.m. in Sioux City.  The Jimmies will continue their action on the road on Saturday as they play Concordia (Minn.) in a doubleheader, starting at 1 p.m.

Dakota State (S.D.) is slated to play a non-conference doubleheader at Dordt (Iowa) on Friday.  The first game of the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m. in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Dickinson State (N.D.) ventures to Iowa on Friday and Saturday.  The Blue Hawks visit Northwestern (Iowa) on Friday evening at 5 p.m. in Orange City, Iowa.  DiSU will head to Sioux City on Saturday as they play a doubleheader against Morningside (Iowa) at 1 p.m.

Presentation (S.D.) is scheduled to play their season home opener in a doubleheader versus Dickinson State on Sunday.  First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. in Aberdeen.

Valley City State (N.D.) and Mayville State (N.D.) will be idle this week.  The Vikings and Comets won't return back to action until April 5-6 as they play in their first-ever NSAA Softball conference games.  VCSU and UJ will play home-and-home doubleheader with Valley City State hosting on April 5 and Jamestown on April 6.  Mayville State will head to Dakota State to play a four-game series in Madison.

            Wednesday's Games
            Jamestown (N.D.) @ Morningside (Iowa) – 3 p.m. - Doubleheader
            Friday's Games
          Dakota State (S.D.) @ Dordt (Iowa) – 4 p.m. – Doubleheader
            Dickinson State (N.D.) @ Northwestern (Iowa) – 5 p.m. - Doubleheader

            Saturday's Games
Dickinson State (N.D.) @ Morningside (Iowa) – 1 p.m. – Doubleheader
            Jamestown (N.D.) @ Concordia (Minn.) – 1 p.m. – Doubleheader
            Sunday's Games
Dickinson State (N.D.) @ Presentation (S.D.) – 1 p.m. – Doubleheader

NSAA Softball Conference Standings







Presentation (S.D.)




Won 8

Dakota State (S.D.)




Won 2

Valley City State (N.D.)




Lost 2

Jamestown (N.D.)




Won 4

Mayville State (N.D.)




Lost 1

*Dickinson State (N.D.)



Won 1

*Dickinson State (N.D.) is a member of the Frontier Conference and will join the North Star Athletic Association in 2014-15 academic year.

Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director