Saturday, December 7, 2013
The Hall-Dale High School softball team advanced to the Western C semifinals with a gritty 6-4 win over Dirigo in the rain Thursday.
Kayla Barton delivered the big hit, a two-run home run that snapped a 3-3 game in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Here’s a couple notes from the game ...
• Barton has hit third all season until coach Dave Kaplan decided to make a move during a scrimmage against Lincoln Academy on Tuesday.
“I just moved her into the cleanup spot,” he said. “I moved her there and she hit well, so I kept her there and it paid off nicely.”
Did it ever.
Barton went 3 for 4 with three RBIs. All three of her hits — two doubles and the home run — went for extra bases as well.
• Carylanne Wolfington has one of the strongest arms in the conference, and she showed it off Thursday in what ultimately was a head-scratching moment for Dirigo.
With Hall-Dale leading 6-4, the first two Dirigo hitters reached base to open the top of the seventh.
However, Mariah Larsen tried to steal third but was easily thrown out by Wolfington. The caught stealing all but stalled the Dirigo rally.
“I had no idea why she did that,” Wolfington said. “It was pretty obvious she was going to be out.”
Gary Hawkins has worked at the Kennebec Journal since 1980. His primary beats are baseball, boys basketball, girls and boys soccer and golf.