By Jeremy McDonald
NEWBERG, Ore.– Heartbreak sucks. But it’s how you respond that makes you better. Makes one great even.
The Dallas Lady Dragons 14U squad, down to their last three outs in the game in the seventh inning down two to the Tigers Rage 14U, tied it up at two to force extra’s Sunday afternoon. But as they took a 4-3 lead and were looking to complete the comeback, the Rage rallied to stun them in the bottom of the ninth inning. Winning 5-4, putting the Dragons to the third-place game against the S-K Stars Asay.
But, with barley any time to dwell on what had happen, Dallas turned around and wheeled off three runs in the bottom half of the first inning. Kadence Morrison, who pitched six-and-one-third innings the game before, set the pace once more in the Sunday finale. Five innings with six strikeouts to go with the eight Morrison had earlier in the day with the Dragons dueling with the Stars entering the bottom of the fifth inning.
“I knew it was hard, but I knew I had to use my legs even though I was getting tired. It was good,” said Morrison, who pitched a total of 11-and-one-third innings. “We just need to get our bats going and hitting the ball better.”
Entering the fifth inning of their 7-0 win over the S-K Stars, the Dragons only had eight of their 11 total hits and only three of those hits resulted in runs coming across the line until the flood gates opened.
It started with a small-ball approach with bunting on base. Four bunt attempts that led to an error, two singles and a sacrifice bunt that drove in three runs that had pushed the lead to 5-0 with an out on the board.
“It’s really good that we had girls at the end of the line-up that could bunt and get on base and the top of the lineup that could hit them in,” said Jordan Cresswell.
Just as they flipped the line-up with Kaelyn Golden and her sacrifice bunt, with the Stars on bunt watch, the Lady Dragons 14U’s opened up the bats with Madeleine Scales and Cresswell. Scales drove in the squads sixth run and Cresswell ended the game with an RBI double to punctuate the victory Sunday afternoon.
“It felt really good because we fell asleep towards the middle of the game, but then we came back and started hitting,” said Cresswell. “We didn’t want to lose again, we wanted to win and get back winning.”
18U- The Lady Dragons 18U finished second in the Bronze Bracket in the 18U tournament, defeating the Nightmare (Parrish) 10-3 before falling to the Silver Bullets 9-3 in the Championship Game.
12U- Finished fourth in the 14B Silver Bracket when they fell to the Bat Company (Southards) 6-1. Madi R. struck out ten in nine innings and Ava W. was 4-for-6 with 4RBI’s in Sunday’s doubleheader.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald