DAYTON — A costly mistake cost Dayton High School a non-league softball game against visiting Touchet Monday, as the Indians posted a 7-6 victory on the power of nine hits and six Dayton errors.
After rallying back from a 7-2 hole in the sixth with three runs, Dayton had the game in its hands in the seventh.
The Bulldogs had the bases loaded with no outs and scored a run to draw within one run of tieing the game, but had a popout for the first out, a baserunner get caught in a pickle, and then another leave the field in confusion for the third out of the inning — all in the same play.
“They played with a lot of heart and came back,” Dayton coach Angie Potts said. “We had the bases loaded with no outs and we scored, but poor base coaching decisions allowed Touchet shut us down from there.”
Dayton pitcher Sam Harting gave up one walk and struckout 11 for a complete game, in addition to hitting a three-RBI double in the sixth that brought the Bulldogs back into the game.
Errors also cost the Bulldogs in the fifth inning, when four errors helped the Indians score two unearned runs.
“We just kind of lost our heads for half an inning,” Potts said, “so that’s definitely something we’re working on.”
The Bulldogs finish up the regular season at Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia today with a 2 p.m. twin bill.
The Bulldogs (7-9 overall, 4-4 Southeast 2B) are in third place in league, but will have to win a play-in game against an opponent yet to be determined to make the District 9 playoffs, set to begin May 10.
TOUCHET 7, DAYTON 6
Touchet 010 024 0 — 7 9 3
Dayton 000 203 1 — 6 4 6
Schaeffer and C. Creek. Harting and Bickelhaupt.
Hits — Touchet: McKeown, Schaeffer 2, Warner, M. Creek, Cardwell, Gould 2, Sturm. Dayton: Frame, Harting, Moller, Mings.