TENNERTON — The girls of the 14-under Diamond Dream softball team kicked off a busy weekend of play with three games this past Saturday, June 25.
Baylee Beachler got the starting nod in game one, toeing the rubber for Diamond Dream 14-under. The young right-handed pitcher stuck out five batters, while allowing six hits and five runs over three and a third innings pitched, striking out five. Despite a solid outing from Beachler, Head Coach Danny Marple’s team got off to a slow start offensively in their first game of the day against WV Sting 08 Elk 14-under, ultimately dropping a 5-0 decision.
The girls of Diamond Dream 14-under rallied in game two to pick up their first victory of the day over Gilmer County Crush 12-under by a final score of 5-2. Diamond Dream evened things on the day on the heels of a stellar performance in the circle from Hailey Riffle. Riffle struck out three batters, while only allowing two hits, two runs, and a walk over the span of five innings pitched.
Emily Smith, Avery Hamer, Kynnedy Marple, and Payton Holbert all tied for the team lead in hits with one apiece pacing the offense. The Diamond Dream girls got a much-needed offensive boost with some sound decision-making in terms of base-running , with two players stealing a pair of bases each, with Marple and ??? leading the way with two.
It would seem the Diamond Dream 14-under team has a flair for the dramatic as they saved their best game of the day for Saturday’s finale, against the Gilmer County Crush 14-under team, demolishing their opposition by a score of 8-1.
Coach Marple’s team wasted no time finding the scoreboard in this one, first finding their way on the board in the first inning on a single off Beachler’s bat drove in the game’s opening run. The Diamond Dream girls never looked back, as Ava Shaffer collected the win from the pitcher’s circle in game three. The young pitcher showed masterful control, putting together a near flawless statline of six strikes, one run, two hits, and zero walks over the span of six innings pitched.
After having uncharacteristically quiet offensive games earlier in the day; Diamond Dream was undoubtedly seeing the ball well in game three, racking up twelve total hits as a team. Riffle, Hamer, Beachler, and Katelyn Cooper each recorded multiple hit outings against the Gilmer County Crush 14-under team, with Riffle’s efficient bat pacing the team with a perfect 3-3 mark at the plate. With the game three win, the girls of the Diamond Dream 14-under team moved goes 2-1 on the day and 12-9 so far this summer.