It didn’t take much for the Dale Junior High softball team to take down Chandler Monday night. The Lady Pirates jumped out ahead of the Lady Lions with six runs in the first inning, eventually ending with a 10-point run-rule midway through the fourth.
There wasn’t much competition, but that didn’t mean coach Reed Johnson was going to let his girls rest easy.
“We come to the field to compete and to play as hard as we can,” he said.
Montanna Lam kicked things off for the Lady Pirates with a sacrifice to score Jalynn Haley and with bases loaded Jordyn Powell brought in another run on a single to move to 2-0. Later in the inning Powell and Diana Manning scored on an RBI single from Anna Hester and Jayci Powell brought in Hester on a single of her own.
In the bottom of the second Kate Collins added one more run with a double to plate Lam and, in the bottom of the third, Lam tripled to bring around Jayci Powell, Haley and Emmie Idleman.
Danyn Lang threw the shutout for the Lady Pirates, striking out three and giving up two hits.
It was the girls fifth straight win. A trend Johnson is not ready to give up yet.
“We’ve been able to put some things together and I kinda like where we’re going right now,” he said.
Johnson said the girls played well again Monday night but made simple mistakes that were out of character for them. Part of that might be because they didn’t see a lot of strikes. But when they did they usually put them in play. They take things one step at a time though and he knows they will listen to what he has to say and improve more and more as the season goes on.
“They listen really well and are a fun group to coach,” Johnson said.
Throughout the season, Johnson said, the girls have seen some good arms and good hitters by facing some tough teams. But they’ve gotten a lot better because of that.
“They’re so much better than when they started because the girls keep at it and don’t get discouraged,” he said.
The team will look for their sixth win in a row today as they travel to Seminole. And Johnson is eager to see how the rest of the season plays out.
“I can’t wait to see how we end up at the end of the season if we keep making strides… I like our chances,” he said.