YAKIMA - The Dayton Bulldogs softball team was victorious in round one of the state Class 2B tournament, winning 5-1, over the Reardan Indians Friday morning at the Gateway Sports Complex.
But then th
e Bulldogs suffered a 10-0 drubbing to the Adna Pirates to drop them into the consolation bracket Saturday morning.
The Bulldogs showed their nerves in making an error and walking two Indians in inning one to give up the single run in the tournament opener.
"Our pitcher came out very nervous in the first inning," Bulldog coach Terry Robins said of Kayla Turner. "Our whole team was nervous. In about two innings, we settled down and started playing a little ball."
The Bulldogs then rebounded in innings two and three, putting three runs on the board.
Shelby Smith tripled over the left fielder's head in the bottom of the second, and Claire Lyman put down a safety squeeze bunt that was executed to perfection, scoring Smith.
In the third inning, Kayla Turner reached on an error, stole second and scored on a Miwa Umeda triple. Nicole Lambert doubled down the right field line to score Umeda.
In the fourth, Dayton added two more runs. Lyman hit a line drive to center field for a single, Rowene Huwe bunted for a base hit, and Samantha Jo Harting had an RBI single. That was followed by a Umeda RBI safety.
In the game, the Bulldogs had 10 hits, three for extra bases.
"We've got six or seven girls on the team that run and hit to get the doubles and triples," Robins said. "We're a very fast team. That is the way we like to do it. We like to hit and run."
In the circle for the Bulldogs was Turner, who struck out five and walked just two. She gave up the one run and retired 11 Indians in a row at one point of the game.
"Once our pitcher settled down," Robins said, "she did really well. She mixed her pitches up and used her off-speed stuff. That kept them off balance."
The next opponent for the Bulldogs was the Adna Pirates.
Prior to the game, Robins commented on the Pirates.
"Adna is probably one of the best programs in the state," he said. "They will probably be our next opponent. We will have our hands full in that game."
It turned out that the Bulldogs did play the Pirates next and it was a challenge that they weren't quite ready for.
The Pirates enacted the 10-run mercy rule after the sixth inning on the Bulldogs.
Dayton managed just four hits and no runs on offense.
The Bulldogs fared better than the Pirates' first-round opponent, Kittitas, which lost 23-2.
Adna's pitcher, Brooke Williams, was dominant, striking out 10 Dayton hitters.
Dayton 5, Reardan 1
Reardan 100 000 0 - 1 2 1
Dayton 012 200 x - 5 10 3
Heath and Lillengreen. Turner and Umeda.
Hits - Reardan: Lillengreen, Wiedmer. Dayton: Harting 2, Umeda 3, Smith, Lyman 2, Lambert, Huwe.
Adna 10, Dayton 0
Adna 001 144 - 10 7 0
Dayton 000 000 - 0 4 3
Williams and Brattain. Turner, Harting(6) and Umeda.
Hits - Adna: Hoke, De Leon, Brattain, Anderson 2, Williams, Moerke. Dayton: Umeda, Turner, Lambert, Smith.