DAYTON — Sam Harting lost her no-hitter with a leadoff double in the seventh inning here Tuesday, but she was able to gather herself and finish off Dayton’s 3-1 non-league softball victory over visiting River View.
Trailing by two runs, the Panthers’ Shelby Salter delivered a double to open the seventh inning. Salter advanced to third on an infield out but Harting stymied the threat by striking out the next River View batter and retiring the side on a comebacker.
Harting finished the game with seven strikeouts and two walks as she outdueled the Panthers’ Kaylee Lozier, who allowed seven hits, fanned three and didn’t issue a walk.
Dayton drew first blood with a single run in the first inning. Malia Frame singled, advanced to third on Jessica Tate’s double and scored on a single by Sam Harting. However, two infield pop-ups left a pair of Dayton runners in scoring position.
River View knotted the score in the second when Salter reached base on an error and later scored on Jorgan Andersen’s infield grounder. Jayme Walker put down a key sacrifice bunt during the inning.
Samii Bledsoe led off Dayton’s fifth inning with a double to right field and eventually scored what proved to be the game-winning run on a wild pitch. Sarah Phillips followed Bledsoe’s double with a single and moved into scoring position on an outfield throw to the plate that kept Bledsoe at third. After Bledsoe scored on the wild pitch, Jessica Tate singled home Phillips with a key insurance run.
Dayton improved to 5-0 on the season. The Bulldogs won’t play again until next Tuesday when they travel to Colton for an 11 a.m. non-league doubleheader.
Dayton won’t be at full strength against the five-time defending Class 1B champion Wildcats, according to Bulldogs assistant coach Desirae Jones.
“It’s our spring break,” Jones said, “and about half of our team will be gone. We are sure we will have nine players and will be able to field a team, but it’s questionable after that.
“But we like to play good teams in our non-league games.”
Jones was pleased with the way the team responded Tuesday.
“There was a mix up and they played the jayvee game before the varsity game,” she said. “There was a lot of milling around for about two hours and we were a little concerned. But the girls came out and were very focused, made every play count and were very disciplined at the plate, which is something we have struggled with lately.
“And we were able to string hits together in the two innings when we scored, and that was important.”
Dayton 3, River View 1
River View 010 000 0 — 1 1 1
Dayton 100 020 x — 3 7 2
Lozier and Salter; Harting and Bickelhaupt.
Hits — River View: Salter; Dayton: Phillips, Frame, Tate 2, Harting, Ward, Bledsoe.