Waitsburg-Prescott takes two from Dayton

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PRESCOTT — Waitsburg-Prescott took two different routes in sweeping Dayton in a Southeast 2B District softball doubleheader here Tuesday.

W-P rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 9-8 victory in the opener, then rode Jennifer Nichols’ shutout pitching to a 7-0 win in the second game.

The sweep boosts W-P’s league record to 4-0 and its season mark to 6-4. Dayton, which was coming off a Monday league sweep of Tri-Cities Prep, now stands 4-4 in league play and 7-6 overall.

Bulldogs pitcher Sam Harting took an 8-4 lead into the seventh inning of the first game but was unable to stem the home team’s comeback.

Walks to Samantha Henze and Loegan Harshman followed by Samantha Fedderson’s third hit of the game loaded the bases. Chelsey Brannock’s fourth hit of the game plated two runs, Samantha Moss singled to reload the bases and the third run of the inning scored when Heidi Miller was safe on a dropped fly ball in the outfield. Katy Hofer then finished off the Bulldogs with a two-run, walk-off double.

W-P racked up 17 hits in the game, led by Brannock’s four singles and two runs batted in. Moss had a triple and two singles and scored twice; Harshman had a double and a single and two runs scored; and Fedderson singled three times, scored once and drove in a run.

Harting tripled home two Dayton runs in the third inning and singled in the fifth to lead her team offensively. Jessica Tate added a pair of singles, drove in a run and also scored once.

Phillips, after striking out seven Bulldogs in the first inning, didn’t register a single strikeout in the second game, but she limited the Bulldogs to seven hits and didn’t walk a batter in carving out the shutout.

“I honestly can’t tell you what the difference was,” W-P coach Angie Potts said. “Her velocity might even have been a little slower in the second game, but she kept the ball a little lower and didn’t give up the big hits with runners on base.”

Potts also noted that her team did a better job of controlling Dayton’s base runners in the second game. Brannock, W-P’s catcher, threw out two Bulldogs trying to steal second base and picked a third off of third base.

Moss had three more hits in the second game, including a triple and a double, drove in a run and scored once. Feddeson contributed two singles, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Sarah Phillips collected two of Dayton’s seven hits in the game.

W-P hosts Tri-Cities Prep today in Prescott for a 3 p.m. league doubleheader. Dayton entertains the Wa-Hi junior varisty this afternoon at 4 in a non-league twin bill.

First Game

Dayton 014 030 0 — 8 8 2

W-P 102 010 5 — 9 17 4

Harting and Bickelhaupt; Nichols and Brannock.

Hits — Dayton: Phillips, Frame, Tate 2, Harting 2, Bickelhaupt, Ward; W-P: Brannock 4, Moss 3, Miller, Hofer, Chapman, Foxe, Henze, Harshman 2, Fedderson 3.

Second Game

Dayton 000 000 0 — 0 7 3

W-P 110 221 x — 7 9 2

Ward, Harting (5) and Phillips, Bickelhaupt (5); Nichols, Brown (5) and Brannock.

Hits — Dayton: Phillips 2, Frame, Harting, Ward, Moore, Becker; W-P: Brannock, Moss 3, Miller, Chapman, Harshman, Fedderson 2.

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