Virgin Valley High School’s Adri Wakefield, behind good defensive work by her Bulldog teammates, shut down the bats of Del Sol High School 10-0 Monday afternoon, April 11 in the Dawg Pound.
Wakefield overcame a slow first inning start allowing only three walks during the game, two of which came in the first inning. The Bulldogs meanwhile put up 10 runs on 14 hits started by lead-off hitter Calee Clem with three in four at bats.
The Bulldog bats came to life in the bottom of the third inning. Clem began with a long triple to the gap in right-center, Savannah Price followed with an RBI single, Janella Fiso, Wakefield and Tylee Robison kept the streak going with RBI singles to give the Dawgs a quick 4-0 advantage after three innings.
The Bulldogs blew the game wide open in the fourth inning with three runs. The big blow came off the bat of Taylor Barnum, a two RBI triple to right center. The Bulldogs cut the game short in the fifth with three runs making the score 10-0. The game was called as soon as Jesse Barnum crossed home plate with the tenth run of the game.
Price, Fiso, Taylor Barnum and Shalee Hafen contributed with two hits each. “Our offense started slow but found its groove in the third inning,” said Bulldog coach Travis Griffith. “Despite girls learning new positions, our defense played well.”
The 1-A Sunrise League win moved the Dawgs conference record to 4-3 and 11-8 overall. The Bulldogs travel to Western for a non-conference match up Friday, April 15 before beginning a stretch run for the playoffs. The Lady Dawgs host Chaparral and Moapa Valley on April 19 and April 21 in important league games.