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Dayton softball sweeps in tourney

With an eye on a possible run to the NIAA 3A State Tournament, it couldn’t hurt the Dayton High softball team to play three games in one day.

Dayton, hosting a tournament at Edmonds Sports Complex, won all three games on Monday, beating Portola, Calif. 4-1, Fallon’s junior varsity 2-1 and South Tahoe 12-0. The Dust Devils (19-4-1) advanced to a semifinal game at 11:30 a.m. today. If Dayton wins, it would play in the championship game at 1 p.m. today.

In other games, Carson’s JVs lost to Truckee 10-4 and Fernley 6-2, South Tahoe lost to Fallon 12-0 and Portola 8-1, Truckee beat Fernley 4-1 and Portola beat Fallon 8-4.

“We’re getting our bats going,” Dayton coach Dusti Houk said. “The pitchers are pitching well and we’re playing well defensively.”

The Dust Devils are 8-2 in the Northern 3A, one game behind 9-1 Lowry. Dayton finishes up with doubleheaders against Fernley and Yerington.

If Dayton wins three-out-of-four of those games, it would clinch the No. 2 seed and home field in the regional playoffs. In the regional playoffs. the No. 1 and No. 4 seeds and the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds will face each other in best two-of-three series. The winners of those series will advance to state.

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“Our goal at the beginning of the season was make it to state,” Houk said. “We need to keep playing well as we have to make state.”

DAYTON 4, PORTOLA 1

Keeli Garcia pitched a two-hitter for the win, striking out four.

Portola scored an unearned run in the fourth to tie the score 1-1. Dayton took a 3-1 lead in the sixth with the key hit being Natalie Malekos’ two-run single. Garcia and Rachel Hurt also singled during the rally.

In the seventh, Melony Cox singled and scored on Garcia’s single to make it 4-1.

Garcia and Hurt each had two hits and Lacy Taylor doubled for Dayton. Taylor also threw out three runners trying to steal — and would have not thrown out a fourth — had the ball not been dropped.

“Lacy Taylor’s a very strong catcher,” Houk said. “She calls a good game. She’s solid defensively and offensively.”

DAYTON 2, FALLON 1

Nicole Greer struck out eight over five innings, pitching a three-hitter for the win, allowing just one unearned run. Vienna Cabrita tripled and scored to give Dayton a 1-0 lead in the second and Kaitlen McKinnon singled and scored to give the Dust Devils a 2-0 lead in the third. Hurt doubled and Cox added a hit for Dayton.

DAYTON 14, SOUTH TAHOE 2

Greer came into the game with the bases loaded and one out in the second inning and Dayton leading 4-2. She induced a groundball and got a strikeout to escape the jam. Greer pitched 2.2 innings, striking out four and allowing no hits for the win.

Hurt singled and scored on Taylor’s triple to give Dayton a 1-0 lead in the first. Dayton scored three more runs to take a 4-1 lead in the second and scored 10 runs over the last two innings to break the game open.

Jessie Ayres had three hits, including a triple, Hurt, Taylor, Greer and McKinnon all had two hits and Garcia, Malekos, Danielle Rodriguez and Nicole Curtis all added a hit for Dayton. Taylor also picked off a runner at first base.

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