By Jeremy McDonald
DALLAS, Ore.– The Lady Dragons 12U continue their winning ways Saturday at the Lyle Sports Complex next to Lyle Elementary School when they defeated the Wolfpack (Virgil) 6-3 and S.O. Outlaws 10-2 to close out their doubleheader in their hometown.
The wins are their fourth and fifth respectively in their last seven games and is their best start to a tournament this season said Head Coach Jon Woods.
“This is the best start to a tournament that we’ve had all year. We beat a quality team in the first game and we came back with good pitching and some hitting overall. We did a really good job,” said Woods.
The dynamic duo in Madi R. and Ava W. each pitched seven and five innings respectively in the twin-bill of games on the field nearest to the elementary school. Madi R. striking out 13 while allowing four hits, Ava W. struck out five and allowed four hits with their defense making sure those hits didn’t snowball into runs on the scoreboard.
Tricky situation for sure to manage as one pitches and the other plays at shortstop points out Woods.
“It’s tricky managing them because Madi is pretty decent pitcher, Ava is more of a ‘can-throw strikes’-kind of pitcher,” said Woods after their 10-2 win over the Outlaws. “They’re interchangeable at Shortstop pretty much.”
Their offense accounted for 22 hits Saturday, four coming from Ruby H. who went 4-for-4 with 5RBI’s in the two victories that included a 3-for-3 with 3RBI day for the do-it-all Dragons catcher.
“Oh Ruby just continues to have the best season out of all of them I think, defensively,” said Woods of Ruby.
Paisly D. hit a home run in the 10-2 win over the S.O Outlaws as the final run of the game in the fourth inning for either team. Paisly D went 4-for-6 with 2RBI’s on the day. Gracie W. too went 4-for-6 Saturday, contributing 2RBI’s for the Lady Dragons.
With bracket play starting Sunday with the Dragons getting the 5 and 6:45pm games at Lyle, the squad is looking to finish off their home tournament strongly.
“Really our outfield play is where our biggest opportunity is. Just deciding when and where to throw it before the pitch, it’s going to help us,” starts Woods. “If we play like we did today, we got a good chance at closing this thing out.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald