Blue Hawks Softball

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It's playoff time for the softball and baseball teams in the North Star Conference.

Dickinson State is the No. 2 seed for the tournament, which starts later this week.

The winner of the postseason tournament earns an automatic berth into the NAIA Nationals, so as you can see, it's the most important games of the season for the Blue Hawks.

"Our upperclassman we have a lot of veterans," says head coach Kristen Fleury. "We have four seniors and six juniors, that's ten players out of our 15 players that are upperclassmen and they know what is expected. They've done that and they've been through the program, and they know how to win, and I think that is what has led us to where we are today."

"I just think we're chipping away," said senior catcher Claudia Torres. "It's fun to watch us play. It's fun to just sit back and watch the lineup go through. Everybody's hitting hard, everybody's hitting their good pitch pitches. It's rare that someone's not hitting for more than one at bat or something. We're having quality at bats. I think that's the main thing."

The Blue Hawks went 17-3 in league play this spring, which is just one game behind the top-seeded Jimmies.

"I feel like I'm playing for a lot more than just myself," Torres said. "I feel like, going from a freshman to a senior, you understand that a lot of things you need to be selfless about. I feel like now that I'm doing better, I'm playing for more than just myself. I'm playing for my team."

Senior Regan Lawrence is the pitcher of the week in the North Star. She went 6-1, striking out 21-batters and her ERA was .059.

The Hawks will be playing the tournament in Madison because Dakota State is the host university. Dickinson State opens against Mayville. It's the second game of the day on Friday.

If it wins, DSU faces the winner of the Valley City and Presentation game, also on Friday.

The Blue Hawks baseball team does not have to travel for the conference tournament. DSU is hosting, but it looks like it may be a steep mountain to climb for the Hawks.

They are the six seed in the six team conference and they open against the No. 1-seeded Mayville State Comets on Friday afternoon.