Taya Hopfauf (Dickinson) had an afternoon for the ages in Bismarck on Monday for day one of the SCHEELS Softball All-Star Series. The University of North Dakota commit launched a series record three home runs in game one to least the West All-Stars to a 12-8 win. She poured on some more offense, sans the homers, in an 11-4 game two victory.
It wasn't only Hopfauf that was digging the long ball. The West All-Stars launched eight total home runs in the Monday doubleheader sweep. Jenna Fischer (Jamestown), Logan Gronberg (Bismarck), Meg Silbernagel (Heart River), Tori Olson (Legacy) and Mataya Mortensen (Bismarck) all added a homer each to the West tally.
Adie Wagner (Fargo South) lined a home run into the left field corner in game two for the only East All-Star homer on the day.
Andi Borchers (Mandan) and Gronberg picked up the wins in the circle for the West. Gronberg was lights out in relief in game two, striking out five and allowing just one hit over three innings of work.
Wagner led the East offensive attack with three total hits and three runs driven in. Sophie Ochocki (West Fargo) added a pair of hits and a pair of RBI to the cause.
With the pair of victories, the West now holes a 7-5 all-time series advantage and has won five consecutive games.
The All-Stars are back in action Tuesday at Kost Field on the campus of Central Cass School in Casselton. The day kicks off with a skills competition at 4 p.m. that includes fastest runner, infield throwing accuracy, outfield throwing accuracy and a modified home run derby.
First pitch for game three is scheduled for 6 p.m. The skills competition and the final game of the 2022 SCHEELS Softball All-Star Series will be streamed live on Your Live Event.
The 3rd annual North Dakota Softball All Stars Cornhole Tournament was held prior to the games on Monday afternoon in Bismarck.
Sophie Ochocki (West Fargo) and MacKenzie Rist (Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark) bested Mya Krogstad (Thompson) and Olivia Retterath (Washburn) in the championship round.
Dylann Diegel (Valley City) and Ashlee Potter (Bismarck) claimed third.
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