There Beresford Watchdog softball team took seventh place at the 2023 South Dakota High School State A Softball tournament in Aberdeen on Saturday, June 3rd. Beresford defeated 10-5 in their final game of the 2023 inaugural season finishing 11-12 on the season.
Lennox had an early lead in the game, but Beresford rally late to take the win. The Orioles scored two times in the top of the second and one more in the top of the third for an early 3-0 lead. Keely Merrigan had an RBI double in the bottom of the third, and Ivy Keiser followed with an RBI groundout to cut the lead to 3-2.
Beresford took the lead in the bottom of the fifth with four runs. Merrigan scored on an error, Keiser had an RBI single, and Lily Seivert added an RBI triple and then scored on an error. Lennox got two runs back in the top of the sixth to make the score 6-5, but Beresford put the game out of reach with four more in the bottom of the sixth. Merrigan scored and Brenna Dann both scored on an error, and Halle Livingston had a two-run single.
Keiser had three hits, one a double, and two RBIs. Merrigan also had three hits, including a double and triple, with one RBI. Livingston had a hit with two RBIs. Seivert added a triple and an RBI. Kaylee Ivarsen had two hits, and Dann had a single. Merrigan pitched five innings allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits and four walks with nine strikeouts. Dann pitched two innings allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits with three strikeouts.