CHICAGO –Stephanie Dullum, who signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her softball career at Bemidji State University, was recently honored as the Gatorade’s 2016-17 North Dakota Softball Player of the Year.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Dullum as North Dakota’s best high school softball player and made her a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year Award.
The 5-foot-5 senior right-handed pitcher led West Fargo High School to a 33-3 record and its 20th consecutive North Dakota State title in 2017. Dullum owned a 29-2 mark in the circle with an earned run average under 1.00 and 283 strikeouts. In addition, she had allowed just 53 hits and walked 16 at the time of her nomination. At the plate, Dullum hit better than .500 with 10 doubles, four home runs, 44 runs scored, 36 RBI and a .750 slugging percentage. A two-time First Team All-State selection, she was also the 2017 Eastern Dakota Conference Player of the Year.
Dullum has volunteered locally as a youth softball coach. “Stephi is the key player behind West Fargo’s success,” said Jason Lindgren, head coach of Valley City High. “As long as she is pitching, the opponent’s score is going to be low and that allows West Fargo the chance to hit. And when they hit they are almost always successful.”
Dullum has maintained a 3.14 GPA in the classroom. She and her twin sister Samantha are part of BSU Head Softball Coach Rick Supinski’s 2018 freshman class.
The Bemidji State softball program is coming off a 2017 campaign during which it went 28-19 and made a post-season run to place third in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).