By Russ Ragan
The Dodge County High School Lady Indians can now check off a trip to Columbus for the final eight. Last Wednesday, Dodge whipped Decatur in a double header to make the final eight trip. Dodge used their strong pitching, defense and hitting to win eight to three and 14 to one. The road to a state championship will start with a real tough one as they open with top ranked Central Carrollton. They have a 33 and two record on the season. Personally, I thought Dodge would win the Decatur series, but I figured it would be a lot tougher. Oh well, let’s go to game one highlights.
Dodge sent Haley Holloway to the mound for game one. The sophomore has been great this year as she had a 16 and four record coming into the game. She worked around a two out single as she had a pair of strikeouts. The Lady Indians grabbed the momentum right away. Annie Moore reached on a two out walk. That brought up shortstop Margaret Simmons. She picked on the first pitch and hit a long blast well over the left field fence for a two to zero lead after the first. Holloway breezed through the next three innings with four strikeouts. Dodge had a big bottom of the fourth inning. Lizzie Massingill started the inning with a double. The game would then turn. Nikki Graham would make a good bunt, but the throw to first was horrible and Massingill would score and Graham would go all the way to third. Kaylee Peterson and Lila Coleman would both reach the same way as Decatur could not handle the Dodge bunts. Chelsea Hickman would drive in Peterson to give Dodge a five to zero lead going to the fifth.
The Lady Indians’ lead increased in the bottom of the fifth. Moore would lead off with a ringing double to left. Faith Manning would drive her in with a sacrifice fly to move the Dodge lead to six to zero. Decatur would score an unearned run in the sixth for a six to one game. Dodge would add some insurance in the bottom of the sixth. Coleman reached on an error and Chelsea Hickman singled with two outs. Hickman would steal second and then Coleman and Hickman would score on a single from Lauren Bellflower for an eight to one lead. Decatur would score a pair of token runs in the seventh for the eight to three final. Holloway allowed but three hits and had 10 strikeouts in the win.
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