Reid shuts out Burns
The Chase softball team has long been known for their offense, but it was pitching and defense that brought home a 3-0 victory over the Burns Bulldogs on Senior Day Thursday.
Dakota Reid fired a two-hit shutout from the circle and Devyn Gowan made to diving plays at third base to highlight the win.
“This was one of the best games we have played all season,” said coach Daniel Bailey. ”The offense has been there all year, but tonight Dakota pitched a great game and the defense was amazing behind her. I’m so proud of the team right now and what they have done. It’s thanks to the leadership of the five seniors. We have been through some ups and downs this year but with a little help we can still win another conference championship.”
Chase (10-5, 6-3) wasted little time getting on the board as Ashley Brown led off the bottom of the first with a ground rule double to leftfield. One batter later, Gowan singled her home for a 1-0 Lady Trojan lead.
Pitcher Dakota Reid ran into trouble in the second, giving up a walk and a two-out single. Erica Dover kept Burns off the scoreboard though as she raced from her first base position to cut off the throw and fired to third for the final out.
Chase flashed the leather once again in the fourth.
After Emily Turner hit a leadoff single, Gowen snagged a liner and flipped the ball to Dover to complete the 5-3 double play.
The Chase offense added two insurance runs in the fifth. Brown and Reid led off with infield singles.
Ashley Hardin then laid a bunt to move up the runners up and Kaitlyn Smart came through with a two-run single that scored Brown and courtesy runner Takirah McKinney for a 3-0 Chase advantage
Gowen continued her fine defensive play at the hot corner in the sixth as she dove to her right and picked a sinking line drive off the dirt to end the inning.
Reid put the finishing touches on the complete game shutout with the help of Dover who scooped a low throw out of the dirt to end the game 3-0.
Chase returns to action Tuesday in a road match-up with Shelby at 4:30 p.m.
Crest out-slugs Lady Cavs, 13-9
FOREST CITY — East Rutherford softball found themselves down early to Crest 11-3 Thursday night, but managed to make a run and make things interesting. Unfortunately, The Lady Cavs came up short, 13-9.
“It was a great overall performance,” East head coach Julie Powell said. “We were down early but we came back and kept fighting.”
Raven Gray led East going 2-2 at the plate with a pair of walks a a pair of RBIs.
Savannah Davis also had two hits on the night for East.
The Cavs return to the field Tuesday at Burns for a 4:30 p.m. matchup.