The Dickinson Lady Gators needed only five innings to put away the Ball High Lady Tors in their 13-2 victory on Friday night at Schreiber Park.
Playing in a nondistrict contest, the Lady Gators scored a combined seven runs in the first two innings to take control early in the game.
“We were solid at the plate,” said Dickinson head coach Timi Radicioni. “We were very disciplined. Defensively, we were solid.”
Marissa Vazquez pitched for the Lady Gators while Janae Girouard started in the circle for the Lady Tors before Alexandria Vela took over in the fifth inning.
A wild pitch put Dariane Cram on third base early in the game.
After Baylee Klingler drew a walk, the Lady Gators had the bases loaded.
Cailyn Peterson’s double led to a three-run score for the Lady Gators in the first inning.
A sacrifice by Emily Garcia advanced Peterson to third. Mariana Vazquez’s single to center field scored Peterson.
“We like to start out that way,” Radicioni said. “It gives us a little security to push through and keep the ball running.”
A single by Mia Terry scored Cram at the top of the second inning.
Klingler’s two-run homer soon after pushed the Lady Gators’ advantage to 7-0.
The Lady Tors managed to hold the Lady Gators to without a hit in the third inning before Dickinson put up four runs in the fourth.
Grace Smith’s single in the bottom of the fourth frame led to a two-run score for the Lady Tors to get on the board.
Dickinson managed to load the bases once again in the top of the fifth after a walk by Klingler and a single by Mia Burcl, followed by a single from Garcia. Marianna Vazquez soon drew a walk to give the Lady Gators a 10-run lead and keep the bases loaded.
Vela was then sent in as pitcher for the Lady Tors.
A single by Ashley Schaub plated Burcl before the halfway point of the fifth.
“We have to find our niche because we haven’t done that yet,” said Ball High head coach Courtney Phillips. “We have to talk on the field and our defense is very capable of doing great things but their confidence is not where it’s supposed to be. It’s a mental thing. We have to make plays.”
Dickinson put up 13 hits while Ball High managed five.