By Jeremy McDonald
DAYTON, Ore.– Talk about a quick and tough turn-around for the Lady Pirates Saturday afternoon.
After their tough loss to Taft Friday on the road, Dayton had to turn-around to play a double-header versus the number-one ranked team in 3A with Glide coming to town Saturday.
In their first game of the double-header versus the Lady Wildcats, the Pirates opened the game up with a 6-2 lead entering the fifth inning; but then Glide began to chip away at the lead and with Whitney Stone’s second home run of the game, it was a one-run game with one out.
The Dayton defense needed another big defense stop as they did the last two innings to keep the ‘Cats from doing further damage and did just that as Anika Heidt forced a fly-out to Malina Ray in foul territory and Sofia Ciscerone turned a dropped third strike turned into the final out of the game to seal the 8-7 Game one victory.
“I think what that first game came down to was taking advantage of errors on both sides, we’ve had fielding errors on our part and so did they. So I think we just took our advantages,” said Heidt on the first game.
Knowing the ability of their offense with Stone leading the way, Dayton had to settle in and take those mental notes from the first game and carry them to the second game. Walking into the game Saturday, they knew that they were number one in the State for a reason and saw it first hand in that first game of the double header.
So it was just a matter of applying those mental notes from the first game defensively and offensively to take the sweep.
“We came in today, knowing that they were ranked number one in the State, so we had to play our best game and I think that we did today,” said Emily Elliott. “Our bats came alive when we needed them to do, so that was good today.”
Their bats carried over to the first game to build a 5-0 lead entering the third inning thanks to a sacrifice Fly by Heidt in the first inning, Maddie Fluke scoring off an error RBI double by Elliott, a RBI Triple by Ray and a Hedit RBI Single to give Dayton the cushion entering the third.
Glide would shutdown the Lady Pirates bats however as it came down to Dayton’s defense to prevent any big series of hits that would tear the game back open.
The Wildcats broke the shutout during Jordan Williams at-bat that saw a single turned into a run, but Dayton kept it to that threat in the Top of the fifth.
After a couple of zeros on the board, the game entered the final frame and Glide looked as if this was the big inning they were hoping for as a run came home and runners were on second and third with the tying run at the plate.
The score was 5-2 with the two outs on the board coming from a ground out and a strikeout leading up to this point, but the Pirates had no fear on their faces as they were ready and on a 2-2 pitch, Heidt picked up her 15th strikeout of the double header and ninth of the game to end the game for the sweep.
“We obviously knew they had a lot of great hitters so I think it was just remembering that,” said Heidt who also threw 206 pitches in Saturday’s double-header. “Remembering who did what and adjusting to it. Obviously they had a girl (Stone) who hit a couple out and she was really great, so I think it was just adjusting to her and some of the other girls and knowing what they’re capable of.”
Offensively, Elliott and Ray both had three hits each with Elliott going 2-3 in the second game to Ray’s 3-4 in the second game as well with their fourth tough game in four days coming Monday against #3 Kennedy at Mount Angel.
“We just got to keep playing good defense and our bats are really coming alive when the need to and we just need to keep hitting and playing defense the way we all know that we can,” said Elliott.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald