High school softball: Dunbar 8, Tates Creek 2

mmaloney@herald-leader.comMay 1, 2013 

Dunbar catcher Stephanie Harvey tagged out Sara Miliam as she slid into home plate in the fourth inning of the Henry Clay at Dunbar softball game in Lexington, Ky., on Thursday May 12, 2011. Henry Clay shut out Dunbar 7-0. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff

PABLO ALCALA | STAFF

Dial 4-1-1 for information and you also have Dunbar's scoring line over the first three innings Wednesday.

The Bulldogs bolted to a 6-1 lead en route to an 8-2 district softball victory over visiting Tates Creek.

Dunbar (14-9) snapped a two-game losing streak and played sharp from start to finish.

"The right team showed up tonight," Coach Jenny Dalton-Hill said. "This season's been up and down, but tonight they came out and played the right way."

Dunbar got nine of its 10 hits from the first four batters in the order, led by Emily Bryan with three.

"Just keep your mind in it and see the ball hit the bat," Bryan said.

Stephanie Harvey, Kaitlyn Elias and winning pitcher Kaylie Zander had two hits each.

Zander scattered six hits in going the distance.

"It's even better knowing I have an awesome defense behind me," Zander said, "knowing that even if I messed up and threw one that they could hit, I had them behind me the whole way."

Tates Creek (7-11) had won three of four coming in.

The Commodores have made strides since falling to Dunbar 17-1 on March 28.

"Dunbar's got a very good hitting team so we knew when we came out that we had to play some good, solid defense because they put the ball in play," Coach John Groft said. "The other night when we played them they drilled the ball really deep, so we were playing back on them just to try to keep the ball from going over our head. I thought if we could get out of that first inning I thought we had a really good chance."

Dunbar got all the runs it needed, though, when it batted around in a four-run first inning.

Elias' double to right-center drove in the first two runs. Bryan drove in a run, later scoring on a wild pitch.

The Bulldogs made it 5-0 on Bryan's RBI double in the second.

Tates Creek scored a run in the third on Mary Mullins' double, but Dunbar matched that in the bottom of the frame.

Shelby Shanks walked, went to second on a wild pitch, to third on a sacrifice and scored on a passed ball.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs' defense was spot on.

Left fielder Bryan made a shoestring catch of Hannah Brown's sinking liner to end the first inning, stranding a runner at third.

"Your first step is always backwards, but initially you just have to read if it's going to be in front of you or behind you and make a jump on it," Bryan said. "And that one you just had to read quick."

In the next inning, again with two out and a runner on third, Zander deflected Breann Whitson's liner to second baseman Brooke Hill, who threw Whitson out.

In the third inning, Bryan was at it again, grabbing Emily Yuttayong's liner and doubling off a runner at third to end the inning.

Whitson's sacrifice fly accounted for Tates Creek's other run, in the sixth.

Dunbar's Harvey smacked a two-run homer to straightaway center in the bottom of the sixth.


DUNBAR 8, TATES CREEK 2

Tates Creek 001 001 0—2  6 3

Dunbar 411 002 x—8 10 1

Groft and Yuttayong, Whitson (5); Zander and Foxworth. HR: Harvey, Dunbar. Records: TC 7-11; D 14-9

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229.Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL.Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.

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