Walk-Off Grand Slam by Dickinson State

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It about as wild a finish to a softball game you can see.

After not scoring a run in 13 innings against Madonna University on Wednesday, Dickinson State scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Not only did the Hawks win, but they won in the most exciting fashion possible: A walk-off grand slam by Janell LaRont.

"They came up with a big hit, a three-run homer and Regan had been throwing well, and we were playing defense, but we weren't hitting the ball," said DSU head coach Kristen Fleury. "I told them after the game, we played offense one inning all day, and that's what we needed. So it was fun and it was exciting and we got everything working on all cylinders in that last inning. I jokingly said after the gam,e we still have no outs, so it was unbelievable. It was something I've never been a part of and it's exciting as a coach, exciting for the players and we're really happy right now and we're continuing to have fun."

The final was DSU, 7-3, over Madonna. The Crusaders beat the Blue Hawks 8-0 in the first game of the day to set up the winner-take-all title contest.

The wild win means DSU advances to the 10-team portion of the NAIA national tournament which is in Sioux City, Iowa, next week. The Hawks first game will be against Oregon Tech at 9 a.m. mountain time on Friday, May 22nd.

The Blue Hawks are now 43-11 on the season.