Game 1
Game 2
Presentation College
Valley City State
Haley Butterfield pitches Saturday for VCSU.
Haley Butterfield pitches Saturday for VCSU.
Softball - Sat, Apr. 1, 2017
Final - Game 11234567RHE
Presentation College0020010370
Valley City State (N.D.)0010120472
Valley City, N.D.,
Presentation CollegePitchingValley City State (N.D.)
-Winner Metcalf, Ashley
O'Keefe, AshlynLoser-
Presentation CollegeIndv. StatsValley City State (N.D.)
2 Players (#3,#6)Doubles 2 Players (#3,#25)
NoneTriples None
NoneHome Runs #21 Smith, Emily
Final - Game 21234567RHE
Presentation College00403121092
Valley City State (N.D.)2010001451
Valley City, N.D.,
Presentation CollegePitchingValley City State (N.D.)
Mendonca, MeganWinner-
-Loser Gallais, Kathleen
Presentation CollegeIndv. StatsValley City State (N.D.)
2 Players (#16,#17)Doubles #21 Smith, Emily
NoneTriples None
NoneHome Runs None

VALLEY CITY – Emily Smith delivered a go-ahead 2-run home run Saturday as the Valley City State softball team split a conference doubleheader against Presentation College.

Playing their first game on real dirt and grass since returning from Arizona, Smith's sixth-inning home run carried the Vikings to a 4-3 win in game one of the doubleheader. Presentation College's bats came alive in game two as the Saints picked up a 10-4 victory for the split.

Valley City State is now 14-20 overall and 5-7 in the North Star Athletic Association. Presentation College moves to 13-19 overall and 3-7 in conference play.

Up next: The Vikings and Saints will play two more games Sunday starting at 1 p.m. in Valley City.

VCSU 4, Presentation College 3
Presentation College broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth, taking a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the inning. That lead wouldn't last long though. VCSU's Kelli Moore opened the sixth with a double and then Smith followed with a 2-run home run to right-center, giving the Vikings a 4-3 lead.

The Saints threatened in the seventh with runners on second and third, but Viking pitcher Ashley Metcalf got a groundout and pop out to end the game and seal the victory.

The Saints started the scoring in the top of the third on a 2-run double by Haylee Hemmert. VCSU fought back to tie the game with single runs in the third and fifth innings. Both times it was RBI singles by Kelsey Hamade to score Jayme Menard from second base.

Hamade finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs for the Viking offense, which had four runs on seven hits. Smith went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs, and Menard finished 1-for-3 with a pair of runs.

The Saints managed three runs on seven hits. Hemmert led the way with a 2-for-3 game, driving in a pair of runs. Shanice Webb also had a pair of hits.

Ashley Metcalf earned the win for VCSU after coming on in the fourth inning. She scattered five hits and a run, walking one and striking out one. Morgan Nalley started for VCSU and surrendered two hits and two runs in three innings. Nalley struck out five.

Ashlyn O'Keefe pitched a complete game for the Saints, allowing seven hits and four earned runs. She walked three and struck out three.

Presentation College 10, VCSU 4
The Saints offense came alive with 10 runs and nine hits in game two of the doubleheader as they pulled away late for a 10-4 victory.

RBI singles by Cassie Pautz and Emily Smith gave the Vikings a 2-0 lead after one inning. The Saints took the lead for good with four runs in the top of the third inning. They would add three runs in the fifth, a run in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Haylee Hemmert finished 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs for the Saints. Kassandra Orozco drove in three runs, and Cortni Mendoza and Celia Cerezo each had two hits in the win.

Megan Mendonca pitched a complete game for the victory, allowing five hits and two earned runs. She walked four and struck out six.

Kathleen Gallais took the loss for VCSU after starting and allowing three runs. She walked three and gave up two hits in two innings. Haley Butterfield pitched the final five innings and gave up seven hits and six runs. She walked two and struck out five.

The Vikings managed just five hits in the game, including two each by Emily Smith and Cassie Pautz.