TENNERTON — The Diamond Dream 14-and-under Softball Team, coached by Billy Beachler, Danny Marple, and Levi Abel was back in action this past Sunday, July 3 against the W.Va. Dusters 14-and-under squad.
The Diamond Dream girls got on the board first, as Kynnedy Marple scored the game’s first run after the W.Va. Dusters mishandled a ground ball coming off of Avery Hamer’s bat.
After a scoreless second inning from both teams, the Dusters pulled ahead with a pair of unanswered runs in the third inning, before Diamond Dream tied things up at two with a score in the top of the fourth inning. Batting in the bottom of the fourth, the W.Va. Dusters doubled on a 2-0 count, scoring a decisive run to break the stalemate.
Although Diamond Dream stayed in the game until the butter end, the late fourth inning score allowed the Dusters to escape with a close victory over Diamond Dream last Sunday by a final score of 3-2.
The pitching for both teams on Sunday was phenomenal, with neither team able to generate many scoring opportunities.
Ava Shaffer got the starting nod toeing the rubber for Diamond Dream. The young right-handed ace pitched a near complete game for the Diamond Dream team, lasting four innings in the circle, only allowing three runs on five total hits, while striking out two batters and walking one. Baylee Beachler threw one-third of an inning out of the bullpen, finishing the game in relief of Shaffer.
Despite the loss, Diamond Dream 14-and-under girls have many positives to be gleaned from this outing. Aside from the outstanding game from their pitching staff, the Diamond Dream coaching staff enjoyed a mistake-free game from their defense, not committing a single error in the field as a collective unit all game long. Reagan Mason was the team’s most active defender as she fielded a game-high four balls.
It was a rather quiet night offensively for both teams as they were engaged in a fierce pitcher’s duel for most the afternoon. Despite the lack of fireworks, Emily Smith, Hailey Riffle, Ava Shaffer, Reagan Mason and Kynnedy Marple each collected one hit apiece to pace the Diamond Dream hitting line-up. Shaffer drove in the team’s only RBI, while Marple and Beachler scored the team’s only two runs, as they came up just short of outlasting the Dusters.
With the loss, the Diamond Dream 14-and-under team drops just under the .500% winning watermark, with a 12-13 overall record. They will look to rebound after enjoying a small Independence Day break, as they begin the third month of play during their Summer season.