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Dorchester Academy wins the battle of highway 78, 9-1

Dorchester – Thursday night’s contest between Two-time defending SCISA class A state champion Dorchester Academy and neighboring Branchville High was a game thrown together because of a cancellation in Dorchester Academies schedule. It was also a game between two undefeated teams, but according to both coaches it was an early season measuring stick to see where each’s team stood after just a few games.

“First, we want to thank Branchville for fitting the game into their schedule at the last minute. This was a good tune up before region play next week,” said DA head coach Jack Reeves. “We are trying to get the girls mentally prepared as we go after our third straight championship.”

DA would score all the runs they would need in the first. After pitcher Hannah Reeves struck out two of the first three batters, she faced the Lady Raiders came to the plate and pushed four runs across.

Savanna Shelton walked to start the inning and she moved to third on a single by Kaitlyn Creel. Reeves then ripped a double in the gap to plate both runners. Back to back singles by Payton Jackson and Grace Judy scored Reeves with the third run of the inning. Jackson scored the final run of the inning on a Lydia Hofstetter single to give DA a 4-0 lead.

The second inning was quite for both teams, Reeves gave up a lead-off double to Branchville’s Faith Hughes before striking out the side while in the bottom half of the inning Branchville’s Destyne Paul set DA down in order.

Branchville went quietly in their half of the third inning.

In the bottom of the third Jackson lead off with another single, Judy walked and an error scored both girls. Elizabeth Huff singled in Ashlyn Lynch for the third run of the inning. Huff would move to third after Hofstetter reached first base after a passed ball on a third strike. Both would score on sacrifices and the Lady Raiders led 9-0 after three innings.

Branchville would finally score when Paul doubled to start the inning and Hughes singled up the middle to score her from second. Hughes tried to stretch her single into a double but was thrown out by Payton Myers. Reeves got the next two batters and the lead was 9-1.

Branchville made a pitching change on the bottom of the third when they brought in Anslee McAlhany. She did not allow a run the rest of the way and only allowed two base runners for DA.

Jackson replaced Reeves in the circle for DA in the fourth and allowed only a walk in her three innings of work. She was also 4 for 4 at the plate and scored two runs.

© 2017 High School Sports Report

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