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Dust Devils dust softball Warriors

Two big offensive innings from Dayton put Thursday’s Northern Nevada 3A softball contest out of Whittell’s reach Thursday.

Following a three-run first inning, Dayton (17-3 overall, 4-2 in Northern Nevada 3A Division II) hit two home runs to ignite a 10-run spurt before the first out of the second inning, and added 13 more runs in the third to win 33-1 at Zephyr Cove Park.

Whittell (2-13, 0-7) couldn’t manage a hit against the Dust Devils, and Erin Silver scored Whittell’s only run by stealing second, third and home after a walk, while struggles in the outfield overshadowed Stephanie Evans’ solid defensive game at shortstop.

“We had a lot of opportunities,” said Warriors head coach Lindsay Wines. “They were bunting a lot once they got ahead, and we weren’t throwing the balls hard enough.”

Carrie Kordonowy highlighted the Dust Devils’ offensive fireworks with a grand slam. Kayla Reese had a homer and four RBIs, and Ashley Reese had homer and five RBIs.

Lacey Taylor pitched two innings to pick up the victory. Ashley Wines recorded the loss for Whittell.

Whittell returns to action Thursday with a game against Incline. With the motivation to play well in the rematch with the Highlanders and games against Virginia City, Lovelock and Hawthorne remaining, the coach is optimistic about the final weeks of Whittell’s schedule.

“I think the worst of our season is over,” Lindsay Wines said. “I know we can compete very evenly with Lovelock and Hawthorne as well, so I think our last five games are going to be very positive experiences for us.”

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