By Jeremy McDonald
MEDFORD, Ore.– Dallas knew that Henley was a great team. Not just a great team but the defending 4A State Champions that were entering Tuesday’s game on a 32-game winning streak in the Hornets.
They needed a great game on both sides of the ball, and they got that with Kaelynn Simmons pitching her second straight game Tuesday and Jordan Dippel leading the offense with four RBIs as the Lady Dragons built a 5-0 lead on Henley entering the sixth inning.
Playing 26 innings to this point has been a grind, but they know as they went back out for defense that they have each other’s backs. It seemed as if fatigue was not an issue going back out for the last six defensive outs of the game.
“It’s awesome, I know they have my back. We work everyday and making sure we get the routine plays,” said Simmons. “And part of going all four games is like it’s conditioning and it’s mental. Just making sure we limit the mistakes.”
“We take pride a lot in our offense and defense,” adds Dippel. “We were hitting the gaps, we were hitting. We made contact with everything we could, we didn’t have too many base running errors and we capitalized on the errors that they gave us.”
The Hornets, who have scored 17 runs in two games this season that they’ve played, were slowly buzzing and waiting to swarm with their offense as they entered the seventh inning with Dallas leading 8-0 entering the top of the seventh inning.
Calm and composed, they knew this would be a nice little win and yes snapping a big-time streak like what Henley held would be nice, but the main focus now was to hold off the Hornets as they strung together a few hits to break the shutout that the Dragons were holding them.
“We knew what we had to do, it was just a matter of locking-in and do it,” said Dippel.
They did just that as they stayed composed with Henley cutting the lead to six with runners on base when Dippel made a nice little out in the outfield and Jayden Wynia made a nice catch that ended the game in favor of Dallas 8-3 for their eighth-straight win of the season.
“I guess just knowing that we can beat good team’s like 6A State Champs and 4A State Champs,” said Simmons as the Dragons defeated defending 6A State Champions in North Medford Monday 3-2. “Just knowing that we have what it takes and just playing our game.”
And now that they travel back up home from Southern Oregon, the Dragons bring back a perfect 8-0 record and momentum as they re-enter the Mid-Willamette Conference with a road trip to Silverton Tuesday.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald