YAKIMA - A single run scored on an infield fly in the first inning was all Dayton pitcher Sam Harting needed to pick up a win in the first round of the WIAA Class 2B softball playoffs Friday at Yakima's Gateway Sports Complex.
The junior pitcher wasn't perfect - she did walk eight batters - but, more importantly, she struck out nine and pitched a no-hitter as the Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the playoffs with a 1-0 win.
The win didn't come without giving Harting a fit of butterflies, however.
After two groundouts to start the bottom of the seventh, Warden center fielder Tawnie Gonsalez took a base on balls to represent the tying run. She proceeded to steal both second and third bases.
With state on the line, Harting threw a full-count strike to Warden's Haley Yamane to seal the victory.
Dayton faces Adna in the second round of the playoffs tonight at 7 p.m.
Dayton 1, Warden 0
Dayton 100 000 0 - 1 3 0
Warden 000 000 0 - 0 0 3
Harting and Bickelhaupt; Rodriguez and Hernandez.
HR - none.
Hits - Dayton: Phillips, Harting, Tate.