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Bulldog softball secures 6th straight win with sweep of Priest River

by DYLAN GREENE
Sports Editor | April 2, 2021 1:00 AM

PRIEST RIVER — Sandpoint softball kept its winning streak alive on Thursday.

The Bulldogs picked up two wins over Priest River to improve to 6-3 on the season.

In the first game of the doubleheader, Sandpoint rolled to a 21-6 win.

The Bulldogs came out firing offensively in the top of the first, scoring 10 runs. But in the bottom of the inning, they surrendered five runs to the Spartans.

"We actually came out very flat in the first inning and just struggled mentally to be in the game," head coach Elizabeth Hawkins-Williams said, "but then after the girls mentally engaged, we came back and played much better on defense."

SHS held Priest River to just one run over the second and third innings. The game was called after the top of the fourth due to a time limit.

Madi Garman started on the mound and struck out four batters.

"Garman had just another absolutely stellar day today on the mound," Hawkins-Williams said.

Kinzie Ward hit a three-run homer in the third inning and Lily Gammon had three hits in the game.

The Bulldogs gave some of their junior varsity players plenty of playing time in the second game. SHS started four of its varsity players, the rest were from JV.

Jaden Dickinson started on the bump and recorded six strikeouts across three innings of work.

Sandpoint tallied four runs in the first, two in the second, four in the third and eight in the fourth to sail to a 18-13 win. The game was called after the fourth inning due to darkness.

Priest River scored 10 runs in the fourth, but Dickinson came back on the mound to seal the deal and stop the rally.

Via Barlow had four hits in the game and Peyton Cessna, Shelby Lanie, Lyla Kinman and Dickinson each recorded two.

Overall, Hawkins-Williams said she saw some great things from her pitching staff, and she was impressed with the play of Peyton Cessna and Lanie.

One thing was clear on Thursday, the Bulldogs were still feeling it from the plate.

"Our bats were still very hot, so that was great to see that we are continuing to just hit very well," Hawkins-Williams said.

The Bulldogs host Lake City at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13.

FIRST GAME

SHS (10)16 4 — 21 10 7

PR 501 X — 6 5 4

Game called in 4th inning due to time limit.

Madi Garman, Cresanna Authier (3) and Jaidyn Inman, Lily Gammon (3); Zylstra, Freitas (4) and Hansen. W — Garman. L — Freitas.

HITS: SHS — Gammon 3, Cash 2, Ward, Authier, Cessna, Garman, Tuinstra. PR — Freitas 2, Zylstra, O. Rose, Hansen. 2B — Cash. 3B — Gammon 2, Freitas. HR — Hansen, Ward.

SECOND GAME

SHS 424 8 — 18 15 6

PR 300 (10) — 13 5 2

Game called after 4th inning due to darkness.

Jaden Dickinson, Mayle Ducken (4) and Kadence Marble, Ellie Dysart (3); Freitas and Zylstra. w — Dickinson. L — Freitas.

HITS: SHS — P. Cessna 2, Lanie 2, Barlow 4, Dickinson 2, Gonzalez, Marble, Kinman 2, McCown. PR — Freitas, Zylstra 2, Lederle 2. 2B — Cessna, Lanie, Gonzalez. 3B — Lanie.