GLENDIVE — Erin Hocker, the Montana Gatorade softball player of the year in 2018, threw a four-hitter, helping Kirkwood Community College defeat Dawson Community College 19-2 to win the best-of-3 District H Championship two games to one.
Hocker, a freshman from Great Falls High, struck out eight and allowed two runs on Ashlyn Tingey’s two-run homer in the third inning.
Lauren Kuch, London Jackson and Skylar Ryan all homered for Kirkwood. Lauren Klaahsen drove in four runs for the Eagles, who had 20 hits.
The teams split the first two games on Wednesday. Kirkwood, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, advances to the NJCAA Division II World Series in Clinton, Mississippi, May 22-25. The Eagles are 50-15. The Buccaneers finish their season at 43-5.