Locking David Crockett down in the circle, the Dobyns-Bennett standout also hit a game-swinging three-run homer in the third inning. She led the Lady Indians to a 7-1 Big 7 Conference softball win Thursday at Irwin Field.
D-B (21-13 overall) didn’t move up in the league standings, as it finished 6-6, but the Lady Indians did create some confidence for next week’s district tournament.
“I think this shows we can play with anybody,” said D-B head coach Andy Hubbard. “We went into extra innings (with Crockett) last time, and I think we played Science Hill 2-1 and 4-2. And Boone once 2-0, so I think it shows we can win if we come out ready to play.”
Crockett (19-10) will still finish third in the league and has a mark of 7-4.
THE TURNING POINT
It was a scoreless game when Riffle stepped to the plate with two on and two out in the third. She got hold of a pitch and drove it over the left field fence.
“I just waited on it and hit it as hard as I could,” said Riffle. “And good things happened.”
Riffle finished with two hits and three RBIs.
ANOTHER BIG PLAY
With the score 3-1 in the top of the fifth, Crockett appeared to avoid a tough blow when D-B’s Makaila Collier hit a high fly ball. The Lady Pioneers’ left fielder seemed to make the catch, but she collided with the fence and the ball came out of her glove and landed on the other side for a three-run homer.
“(Collier) hit it well and the left fielder made a great play,” said Hubbard. “She caught it running into the fence, and it went over, and I felt sorry for the girl. She did a good job. Crockett is always tough.”
Riffle surrendered just four hits in the complete-game effort. She walked two and struck out three.
“I just took it one pitch at a time, hoped for the best, and prayed that things work out,” said Riffle.
Crockett got its lone run on a fourth-inning homer by Ashlyn Dulaney. She hit it over the left field fence.