By ARIEL STAHLER
Gazette & News sports writer
After a strong push at the start of the season, Dalton High School’s varsity softball team ran into some trouble against Hillsdale and Mapleton.
The Lady Dawgs traveled to Hillsdale April 25 where the Falcons won 4-1. Dalton briefly held the lead in the top of the third inning when Savannah Wenger scored, but this would be the only time in the game a Lady Dawg crossed the plate. Hillsdale came back in the bottom of the inning with three runs to take the lead. The Falcons added an additional run in the fifth inning to cap off the win. Ava Fivecoat gave up four runs on seven hits for Dalton while walking three batters and striking out seven Falcons.
Dalton hosted Hillsdale April 26, but the result still did not end in the Lady Dawgs’ favor as the Falcons won 12-2. Hillsdale was surging right out of the gate when they scored three runs in the first inning. They scored another run in the top of the third before Dalton cut the lead in half with RBI singles from Lexi Vazquez and Sydney Geiser. The Falcons put the game out of reach with an 8-run fifth inning. Fivecoat gave up 11 runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings of work, issued two walks and struck out six hitters.
The Lady Dawgs’ struggles continued during their 9-6 home loss to Mapleton April 27.
Dalton built an early lead with back-to-back RBI singles from Joey Reynolds and Vazquez in the first inning. The Lady Dawgs plated three more runs in the third inning to make the score 5-0.
Mapleton overtook the lead by scoring six runs in the fifth inning. They then extended their lead with one run in the sixth inning and two more runs in the seventh. Fivecoat gave up nine runs on 13 hits and recorded one strikeout.
Central fell to Crestline 19-1 at home April 25. Angela Miller recorded one hit and scored one run. Micah Kozel-Steiner gave up 19 runs on 16 hits, issued four walks and struck out seven hitters.
The Comets swiftly defeated St. Thomas Aquinas 23-7 at home April 27. Miller was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk. Adeline Aubrey drove in six runs on two hits. Abby Hewitt and Molly Green plated two runs each. Kozel-Steiner gave up seven runs on six hits while recording six walks and five strikeouts.