By Jeremy McDonald
DALLAS, Ore.– The bats and defense came through against South Albany Saturday morning for the Dallas Dragon softball team. Defeating the Redhawks 11-1 in five-innings.
Their offense, led by two hits each from Chole Zajac, Maddie Doig and Madelyn Loughary, collected nine hits in total. Putting bat on ball against Bella Gutierrez and Maddie Hale, forcing South Albany into committing five errors and set the tone early coming off of their 3-1 defeat to West Albany Friday.
“It was really nice, especially just getting a hold of the ball. We’ve been having a problem and just getting into the batter’s box just knowing what we’re doing and ready to hit the ball,” Zajac said. “Just keep up the confidence and know what we are doing in the batter’s box and out in the field ready.
Zajac led the Dragons with 4RBI’s. Doig and Daphne Fuller each drove in a run.
The duo of Kadence Morrison and Katie Buchholz settled in after facing the stout batters of the Bulldogs the day before. Refocusing knowing the task at hand this upcoming week with Central and Corvallis Monday and Friday respectively.
“Just keep our energy up, cheering everyone on,” Morrison said entering next week. “I think we did good (today), there’s a lot of good hitters (on West Albany) and I think if we just hit our spots and stuff, get ground balls and pop-ups. Just get our defense to work behind us and stuff.”
Morrison and Buchholz only needed 40 pitches to complete the three-hitter. Morrison pitched three-innings of one-hit ball and Buchholz had struck out two in the two innings she had in the circle.
The lone run by the Redhawks came from Gutierrez’ solo shot in the top half of the fourth inning before Dallas got it back in the bottom half of the inning when Brooke Dunkin scored off a Fuller sac-hit.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald