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By Andie Holmberg
The Times 

Lady Bulldogs Hope for Return to State in Softball

Seven starters return to a young team that's still mostly underclassmen


Andie Holmberg

Saturday the Dayton softball team competed in the Waitsburg Jamboree, facing Waitsburg and Touchet. Because the jamboree was more of a practice scrimmage, no official stats were kept. But the Lady 'Dogs were dominant over the Cards and the Indians. Savannah McFarland's pitching was strong and Dayton's batting strong. Overall Coach Terry Robins was very pleased with his team's performance Saturday. During the jamboree, Dayton's Hannah Becker takes a hard swing at a pitch, which is collected by Waitsburg catcher Jade Alleman

DAYTON – The Dayton High School softball team is looking to repeat a trip to the state tournament this spring. Dayton lost their starting catcher and first basemen from the 2016 season, but is fielding seven of last year's starting lineup.

This year, 16 athletes have turned out for the Lady Bulldogs. Overall the Bulldogs will be fielding a young team with just two seniors, Savannah McFarland and Mia Becker, and two juniors, Megan Robins and Hannah Becker. There will be no eighth-grade players this year due to higher enrollment for the Dayton school district.

This year pitching will primarily come from McFarland and Robins. Upcoming pitchers include sophomore Bethany Benavides and freshman Marissa Mings.

The Bulldogs lost standout catcher Madison Mings to graduation and will be filling her spot with Heidi Dobbs this year, with assistance from Destiny Brinken.

Other changes from last year's starting lineup include a rotation for the infield as pitchers McFarland and Robins take the mound and Kaleigh White switches between first and third bases.

Other players to watch this season include Hannah Becker at shortstop, Mia Becker in centerfield and Scully Castorena at second base. At the plate expect to see big hits from Robins, White, Castorena, and the Beckers.

The team is coached by Terry Robins, who is assisted by Desirae Jones.

"This year's team is full of youthful enthusiasm. They are a very driven team that always wants more," said Jones.

The Lady Bulldogs will play this year in the Eastern Washington Athletic Conference. The Dayton season officially starts Saturday, when they host Colton in a non-league double-header starting at 11 a.m.


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