MOSES LAKE — Dayton-Waitsburg’s softball team secured a berth in the state tournament as the second seed out of District 5/6 with two victories at the District 5/6 Class 2B Regional tournament at Paul Lauzier Athletic Complex here on Saturday.
D-W defeated Tonasket, 8-2, to open play, followed by an 11-1 rout of Lake Roosevelt. It then fell to Eastern Washington Athletic Conference foe Kittitas, 14-12,in a hard-fought tourney championship match.
Dayton-Waitsburg opens the state round of 16 against Onalaska at 11 a.m. on Friday in Yakima.
In Saturday’s opener, D-W jumped out to a two-run lead in the bottom of the first inning, and tacked on three more in each of the fourth and fifth innings to cruise to the win.
“Our first matchup with No. 3 seed Tonasket was light on hits, so we took advantage with good base running,” D-W coach Shane Robins said. “Neylan Bryan had our only double, which brought in two of our three earned runs in the fifth inning .
“Our solid defense kept them at bay, and we capitalized on a double play by Mckenzie Dobbs to Mackenzie Forney in the sixth,” he said.
D-W was outhit, 11-4, in the victory.
“Our second game of the day was with No. 1 seed Lake Roosevelt, where again our defense dominated for the first two innings,” Robins said. “Pitcher Sadie Seney saw only three batters for each of the next four innings. We ended the game in the sixth inning with a double play by Kaleigh White to McKenzie Dobbs to Mackenzie Forney, our second of the day, to give us an 11-1 run-rule victory.”
That put D-W into the district title game against Kittitas, and as the visiting team D-W put up a quick three runs in the top of the first.
But Kittitas answered with five runs of its own in the bottom of the first, and anwered D-W’s lone run in the third with four in the bottom for a 9-4 lead, and added another in the fourth.
D-W battled back with a six-run fifth to tie it up, but the Coyotes again answered with four in the bottom of the inning, and D-W’s two-run seventh wasn’t enough to catch them.
“Neylan Bryan had another double for the day, and Elise Steinhoff-to-Kaleigh White gave us our third double play for the day,” Robins said. “Kittitas is a superb team and we played well against them.”
D-W outhit the Coyotes, 19-17, in the game, with White smacking four, and Dobbs, Bryan and Steinhoff picking up three each.
Sadie Seney went the distance in the circle in all three games for D-W.
Dayton-Waitsburg 8, Tonasket 2
J. DeJong and W. Wilson. Sadie Seney and Olivya McFarland.
HRs — none.
Hits — Ton: A. Attwood, J. Bavoca, J. DeJong 2, E. Sutton, W. Wilson 2, V. Keller 3, G. Cory. D-W: M. Dobbs, N. Bryan, M. Forney, M. Forney.
Dayton-Waitsburg 11, Lake Roosevelt 1
S. Seney and O. McFarland; M. Thompson, C. Reyes and O. Ludwig.
HRs — none.
Hits — D-W: T. Laughery 3, K. White, M. Dobbs 2, N. Bryan, M. Forney 2, E. Steinhoff 2, S. Seney, M. Summers 2, M. Forney. LR: C. Reyes, A. Hansen, E. Marchand, H. Neddo, K. Olbricht, E. Hansen.
Kittitas 14, D-W 12
S. Seney, M. Summers and M. Wood; G. Allphin and P. Hyatt.
HRs — none.
Hits — D-W: K. White 4, M. Dobbs 3, N. Bryan 3, M. Forney 2, E. Steinhoff 3, T. Larsen, M. Wood., M. Forney 2. Kitt: G. Allphin 2, M. Webster 4, T. Coates 3, L. Allemond 2, A. Miller 2, N. Benevidez, J. Pryor 3.