It was an ill wind from the north that ruined the Bulldogs ‘Sherm Bennett Desert Winds Softball Tournament’ season opener, as the Spartans from Spring Creek Nevada blew out the home squad 13-4. Although meaningless for tournament standings, Thursday afternoon’s loss is a loss in the Dawgs overall record.
The Spartans jumped on the Bulldogs early putting three unearned runs on the board in their first at bat to take a 3-0 lead after one inning. Bulldog sophomore starter Savannah Price struck out two Spartans in the first but an error and a walk was her downfall. The Spartans added one run in the second, two more in the third and two additional in the fourth inning to lead 8-0.
The Spartans began the fifth inning with a walk followed by four straight singles before Bulldog coach Travis Griffith made a pitching change bringing freshman Carla Correa to the mound in relief. Before the dust settled, the Spartans finished the inning with five runs and a 13-0 lead over the hometown Dawgs.
The Dawgs up to this point in the game had lethargic bats as the Spartan starter was working on a no-hitter. The Dawgs managed to greet the Spartan reliever with three singles in the last inning after a walk to score four runs making the final score 13-4. Designated hitter Adri Wakefield began the inning with a walk, catcher Tylee Robison hit a line drive over second base, Kari Wakefield followed with a shot through the Spartan defense and Correa had a single through the right side after a Spartan error driving in two runs.
Despite the loss, it’s not all doom for the Dawgs as they face Chaparral at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon, March 12 in the tournament opener. Bulldog ace, Adri Wakefield, a four year thrower, takes the mound. What truly seemed surprising in the game was how far advanced the Spartans were so early in the season, despite coming from the cold snowy confines of northeast area of Nevada.
The next four days will be a test for Bulldog coach Griffith and his young squad, as they will play a total of six games by Monday before starting league play on Wednesday hosting TECH.