Tiger softball players help Manitoba to silver medal

DWU softball players Jill Dickson, Hailey Unger and Danielle Klassen helped Team Manitoba to a silver medal at the 2013 Canada Summer Games.

MITCHELL, S.D. – Three members of the Dakota Wesleyan University softball team helped Team Manitoba to a silver medal this summer at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Senior pitcher Jill Dickson, junior utility player Danielle Klassen and sophomore catcher Hailey Unger helped Manitoba to an 8-1 record and a second-place finish at the games. The trio was part of the 15-member roster that represented Manitoba throughout the games.

Manitoba started the games on a seven-game winning streak with wins over Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Alberta before losing 1-0 to Quebec. Manitoba got back on track with a 12-0 win over Prince Edward Island and a 6-5 victory in a rematch against Quebec, but lost 9-1 to British Columbia in the gold-medal game.

Dickson, a pitcher from Winnipeg, will be a senior for the Tigers this season. Unger, also a native of Winnipeg, is the Tigers’ starting catcher and will be a sophomore. She earned All-Great Plains Athletic Conference First Team honors as a freshman in 2013. Klassen is a Niverville native and joins the Tigers for the first time this fall after transferring from Dodge City Community College.