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HASTINGS, Neb. — The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team’s run at a Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament came to an end Friday.

DWU opened the day with a 7-3 win over Doane College, but fell to Concordia University 8-7 in its second game of the day.

“It is disappointing that we didn’t win it, it was our goal,” DWU softball coach Ed Kieff said. “But we are still proud of what we’ve accomplished this year. I am also proud of my two seniors (Chelsea Moody and Jill Dickson) who played their final games. They left everything they had on the field. They came up a little short in the second game, but I am extremely proud of this group.”

DWU (22-18) used the long ball to earn its first victory against Doane. Danielle Klassen and Lindy Snook both went deep in the game. Klassen hit a solo home run in the bottom of the third to knot the game up at two. Snook’s blast was a grand slam that came in the sixth inning and helped secure the DWU victory. Klassen went 3-for-4 with one RBI in the game, while Snook was 2-for-4 with four RBIs.

Dickson got the win on the mound for Wesleyan in the first game. She threw seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Dickson didn’t have the same success in the second game of the day against Concordia (30-13). The Bulldogs touched up Dickson for eight runs (seven earned) in six innings and handed her the loss.

In the second game, Wesleyan was led by Klassen, Snook, Lorissa Loeppky and Vanessa Mendez. Klassen, Loeppky and Snook each had two hits, while Mendez was 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

The DWU offense outhit Concordia 12-9, but only mustered two hits over the last three innings.

“The game was back and forth,” Kieff said. “ We couldn’t get the run production that we were getting in the beginning of the game at the end. It was unfortunate because we were hitting the ball extremely well all day. It was a good game, Concordia is a good team, but we fought hard and we just came up short.”

Concordia and Morningside College will play in the championship game today.