YAKIMA - The Dayton Bulldogs softball team lived to see another day after losing one game and winning one Friday. The Bulldogs went 1-1 again Saturday to eventually be eliminated from the tournament in the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket.
After losing to Adna, 10-0, in a mercy-rule-shortened game Friday night, the Bulldogs rebounded to rout Liberty Bell, 11-1, in six innings Saturday morning.
Dayton then lost a close one to Toutle Lake, 10-7, to be eliminated from contention Saturday afternoon.
Against the Liberty Bell Mountain Lions, Dayton scored 11 runs on nine hits and took advantage of seven Mountain Lion errors.
"We were ready to play against Liberty Bell," Dayton coach Terry Robins said. "And wanting to play, but a little nervous again. Once we scored that first run, it just broke open."
Liberty Bell started out the game with a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Pitcher Kayla Turner didn't allow another run all game and got the victory, striking out three and allowing just the four hits.
After the Mountain Lions scored its first run, McKayla Bickelhaupt gunned down a Liberty Bell runner at the plate to end the rally.
"The outfield assist was a good play by McKayla," Robins said. "She has a really strong arm and she is the one that tossed it. We know she can throw them out when the situation is right and that happened to be the right situation."
Before scoring three runs of their own in third, the Bulldog defense came up big again. Mountain Lions reached on an error and infield hit before a backhand grab by the Bulldog second baseman and flip to second doubled off a runner, and the relay to first tripled a runner off first.
"That triple play is what sparked us," Robins said. "We just took off from there."
After the triple play, Dayton put up 11 runs over three innings to cut the game short and get the win.
Nine different Bulldogs had hits in the rally and it was aided by seven Mountain Lion errors.
Against Toutle Lake, Dayton was first on the scoreboard with a Miwa Umeda RBI-sacrifice fly.
Nicole Lambert also had a sacrifice fly that was disallowed because the umpire said the runner left early.
The Toutle Lake Ducks came right back with six runs in the top of the second.
The Ducks did so with three hits, three walks and two errors. The big blow was Joelle Iverson's three-run double.
In the Dayton fourth, the score was closed to 5-4 on four runs, four hits, a walk and a Duck error.
Lambert doubled, Jessica Tate singled and Bickelhaupt walked to load the bases. Malia Frame followed with a two-run single to right and Rowene Huwe hit an RBI-sacrifice fly to right. A second runner scored on the play because of a throwing error trying to get her at third.
Toutle Lake rebounded with four runs to make it 10-5 in the bottom of the inning.
Iverson came up with the big hit again for the Ducks with a triple to clear the bases.
MacKenzie Flatz then knocked in Iverson with another infield hit.
Dayton made things interesting in the last at-bat with two runs, to make the final 10-7.
Samantha Jo Harting reached on an error, Umeda singled her to third and took second on the throw to third.
Lambert's sac fly to left scored Harting and Shelby Smith's RBI single plated a final run.
The two final outs were recorded and Dayton was done.
Dayton 11, Liberty Bell 1
Liberty 100 00 - 1 4 7
Dayton 003 53 - 11 9 5
Reggiatore and Pennock. Turner and Umeda.
Hits - Liberty Bell: Ebbert 2, Reggiatore, Higbee. Dayton: Umeda, Smith, Lyman, Lambert, Harting, Tate, Frame, Mings, Turner.
Toutle Lake 10, Dayton 7
Dayton 100 400 2 - 7 10 3
Toutle 060 400 0 - 10 12 4
Turner and Umeda. P. Deffenbaugh and Iverson
Hits - Dayton: Umeda, Turner, Lambert, Smith, Huwe, Frame, Tate, Bickelhaupt, Hall, Lyman. Toutle Lake: Iverson 2, Nusbaum 2, Flatz 2, Levang, Bloomstrom, Comstock, Kent, Hockett, Deffenbaugh.