Lady Wolves bring home second place finish
The Lady Wolves varsity softball team participated in their second tournament in two weeks bringing home a second place finish. “The Panhandle Showdown,” a three day tournament, was held in Amarillo. Seventeen teams participated, traveling from Dalhart and Borger, south to Lubbock, and west to El Paso, which provided three teams. In the tournament, two 2A teams and three 3A teams participated with the remaining twelve either 4 or 5A.
Teams were divided into three pools, with teams playing not only some of those in their pool, but also some from other pools. Each team played six games and earned points for wins, runs scored and for keeping the opposing team scoreless. With a possibility of 10 points being earned for each win, Randall was the closest to being perfect, earning 57. Dalhart earned 40 points, giving them second place in their pool, just one point behind first place Bushland.
The Wolves finished the tournament 3-2-1, defeating Sanford-Fritch, Tascosa, and Hereford while losing to Plainview and Randall and tying Bushland. With the tie breaking rules used in the tournament, the win went to Dalhart.
On Thursday, the first day of the tournament, the Lady Wolves took on Sanford- Fritch in the first game, winning 15-6. Sarah Hammett pitched the entire game and struck out six batters. Offensively, Dalhart was most productive in the second inning, scoring 13 runs, two more were tacked on in the fifth. Sandford-Fritch didn’t cross the plate until the fourth when they earned two runs, followed by four in the fifth. Coach Jackson was able to get most, if not all, the players in the game, allowing for some game time experience before district starts this Saturday.
Tori Thrash was on the mound in the afternoon game against Tascosa. In seven innings, Thrash earned seven strikeouts. The game was scoreless going into the fourth inning when Melody Gonzales got a base hit and Tori Thrash earned an RBI by knocking Gonzales in. In the fifth inning, Dalhart added two more runs. With two outs, Sadye Hammett made it to first base on a bunt and spurred on by bad throws, she didn’t stop running until she reached third. Courtney Dovel then got an RBI knocking in Hammett, and Benji Romero followed suite, knocking in Dovel. Tascosa made an attempt to score in the fifth. With two outs and a runner at first base, a Tascosa batter hit the ball to centerfield where Sadye Hammett picked it up and made a great throw towards home. Pitcher Thrash made the cutoff and saw that not only was the batter well on her way to second base, but the other base runner was heading to home. Thrash turned around and made a quick throw to catcher Molly Kruse who was waiting for the base runner and made the tag near home for the out. The team was on its way to a 3-0 shutout going into the sixth when Tascosa crossed the plate three times to tie the game up. The Wolves scored two runs in the seventh, again after two outs. Dovel started the action with a base hit followed by a double by Romero who knocked in Dovel. Gonzales then had a base hit bringing in Romero. Kruse popped out to end the run. Tascosa came up in the bottom of the seventh, knowing that they needed two runs. A pop out to pitcher Thrash, ground out to third baseman Gonzales and a strikeout ended their hopes. Defensively, the team played well, making several stops at third and short, completing accurate throws to first for the outs.
On the second day Courtney Dovel pitched in the loss to Plainview, with the team losing 8-4. Thrash pitched in the tie against Bushland. Hammett and Trash combined in the loss to Randall, 18-0, to end the day’s action. On the final day, Thrash pitched in the shutout against Hereford, 6-0.
Coach Jackson feels that considering the lack of practice time on the field due to weather conditions, the team has performed well. The pitchers did well and the defense was strong. Batting is picking up, and considering many of these teams have seven or more games on the Wolves, the team is coming together. The Lady Wolves are 10-4-1 and will host Caprock on Tuesday. The JV game will start at 4:00 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 6:00 p.m.