Dalton 14u softball team finishes season 8-1

PHOTO PROVIDED BY DEB WENGER
Dalton’s 14u softball team won 14-1 over Smithville July 14. The game ended on a triple play. Pitcher Mya Geiser caught a pop up for out No. 1 and threw to Sydney Geiser to get the runner out at first for No. 2. Sydney threw back to Mya and then Mya threw to Joey Reynolds to get the runner out at third for No. 3.

By ARIEL STAHLER
Gazette & News sports writer

Dalton’s 14u softball team wrapped up the season July 17 to finish with an 8-1 record.

The season finale 8-0 loss to Norwayne was the lone defeat for the Bulldogs.

“(Norwayne) had a very good team,” said coach John Fivecoat. “It wasn’t how we wanted to end the season.”

The loss was only a small aspect of the successful season for Dalton. They went undefeated in their first eight games. One game was lost on the schedule due to cancellation.

There is not a tournament following the regular season.

The Dawgs had a thrilling finish to their 14-1 win over Smithville July 14. The game ended on a triple play. With the bases loaded with no outs, pitcher Mya Geiser had the ball hit right to her for the first out. The runners were in motion and Geiser threw to first for the second out. The triple play was completed with a throw to home for the final out of the game.

“I never saw (a triple play in softball) and it happened, so it was great,” said Fivecoat. “It was an exciting way to end the game.”

Even though the team had success throughout the season, Fivecoat said the players improved from the beginning. “Yeah, especially at the batting side,” he said. “And, since the beginning of the season, to see their confidence when they get up to the plate to bat and, also, some of them are getting more confident in bunting the ball, as well.”

Fivecoat said this was a special season for the coaches whose daughters will be entering high school in the fall.

This was their last season to help coach the group of players who have been together for the past few years.

“They’re all a good group of girls,” he said. “They listen, they try, they get along. It’s been a pleasure. It’s just been great.”

After the last game, Fivecoat said, “Our girls had a great season and it was an honor to help coach them.”

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