DAYTON — Dayton’s softball team finished up Southeast 2B League play with a split with Garfield-Palouse/Tekoa-Oakesdale here Monday.
Monday’s split follows Saturday’s twin bill trade off with Tri-Cities Prep in Pasco on Saturday.
The Bulldogs finish league with a 4-6 record, 6-11 overall. They host an alumni game Saturday at 11 a.m., with the first round of district play next Tuesday.
On Monday, Dayton won the opener, 3-1, before dropping the nightcap, 15-4.
After being blown out 12-2 in the first game on Saturday, Dayton rocked in the nightcap. The Bulldogs pounded out 15 hits and defeated Tri-Cities Prep 15-3.
Both games Saturday were called after six innings via the 10-run rule.
“Tri-Cities Prep hit the ball and made things happen in the first game,” Dayton coach Desirae Jones said. “They are much improved over past years and I don’t think our girls were quite ready to play.
“We showed a lot of heart in that second game. We started the game with enthusiasm and purpose. It was our best hitting game, and combined with zero errors it was great to see.”
Courtney Mings led Dayton’s offensive attack in the second game with four hits. She had six hits on the day and drove in nine runs in the doubleheader.
Taylor Frame added three hits in the second game and Sarah Phillips, Mia Becker and Lexus Ward chipped in with two hits each.
Ward also pitched both games for the Bulldogs, striking out nine while issuing just three walks.
On Monday, the Bulldogs played Gar-Pal to a 1-all tie headed to the bottom of the sixth, when Dayton plated two runs to win the opener.
But in the nightcap, the Bulldogs trailed 5-4 into the seventh inning before Garfield-Palouse plated 10 runs to blow the game open.
“We were very well matched,” Jones said. “Both pitchers threw very strong games.”
Dayton’s Ward pitched both ends of the doubleheader, striking out eight and giving up just one walk, while opposing pitcher Chandler Pfaff fanned 11 Bulldogs and gave up five walks.
Madison Mings’ double in the sixth inning of the opener scored Fram and Kellie Moore for the winning runs.
In the nightcap, “My girls were fielding everything, but the Vikings just hit in the gap for several batters in a row” during the 10-run seventh inning, Jones said.
Saturday’s First Game
Dayton 001 001 — 2 6 1
Tri-Cities Prep 301 404 — 12 15 0
Ward and M. Mings; Vargas and Vi. Nunez.
Hits — Dayton: C. Mings 2, Moore, Robins, Bledsoe, Becker; TCP: Hoppes, Vargas 3, Vi. Nunez 4, Chidster 3, Va. Nunez, Young 2, Ramirez.
Saturday’s Second Game
Dayton 320 334 — 15 15 0
Tri-Cities Prep 002 001 — 3 10 5
Ward and M. Mings; Vargas, Whitsett (5) and Vi. Nunez.
Hits — Dayton: Phillips 2, C. Mings 4, Becker 2, Ward 2, Robins, Frame 3, Dobbs; TCP: Hoppes 2, Vi. Nunez, Chidster, Va. Nunez 2, Young 2, Lahoz 2.
Monday’s First Game
Gar-Pal/T-O 000 010 0 — 1 2 4
Dayton 000 012 x — 3 4 3
Pfaff and Johnson. Ward and M. Mings
Hits — GP: Lindgren, Griner; Day: Moore 2, M. Mings, Robins.
Monday’s Second Game
Gar-Pal/T-O 032 000 10 — 15 18 0
Dayton 120 001 0 — 4 8 4
Pfaff and Johnson. Ward and M. Mings.
Hits — GP: A. Lindgren, Rodriguez 2, Johnson 2, McClanahan 4, Lehn 2, Martin, L. Lindgren 3, Griner, Brown 2; Day: Phillips 2, C. Mings, Becker, Ward 2, Frame, Robins.