Softball: Dreads open District play with convincing win

It was one of those softball games where one team seems better than the other but comes out of the gate a little slow before finding their stride. Dexter was that one team that appeared better on Tuesday and eventually proved it with a 14-1 win over Pinckney in a District opener at Howell High School.

The Dreadnaughts, who were in control from Jump Street, will play at 11 a.m. on Saturday in a District semifinal at Howell. The championship game will start around 1 p.m.

Katelyn Niswonger was dominant throughout the game and got some solid fielding play behind her from the likes of Kelsey Crosby and Taryn Damm who both made “Darn” good catches in the outfield during the early innings.

Niswonger, only a junior, went the distance with nine strikeouts, one hit and one earned run to pick up the win. She was in complete control from start to finish.

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Speaking of the start, Rachel VanderRoest ripped a leadoff single in the first and scored on a bunt by Anna Love to make it 1-0 after one.

Katelyn Niswonger ripped a double to start the second inning and pinch runner Kristy Maitland would steal second and score on a ground ball of the bat of Megan Niswonger.

The Dreads scored again in the third on a rocket off the bat of Anna Love who cleared the centerfield fence to make it 3-0.

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Dexter got a few more hits in the fourth but didn’t score and despite getting out played Pinckney was still hanging around. Until the fifth inning when the Dreads scored four runs to break it open.

Anna Love singled and scored on a double by Taylor Love. Taryn Damm singled to knock in Taylor Love and scored on a single by Crosby. Courtney Lupi knocked in Crosby with the final run.

In the sixth, Anna and Taylor Love had singles and scored on a double by Katelyn Niswonger.

Dexter added five runs in the seventh inning. The big blow was an RBI triple from Taylor Love that scored three. Skyler Smith and Anna Love also drove in runs.

Taylor Love was 4 for 5 with four RBI and Anna Love was 4 for 4 with three RBI. VanderRoest had three hits.

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