The Dewar Lady Dragon varsity slowpitch softball team captured their first district championship since 2019 this past Monday evening with an 18-2 win over Cave Springs.
The Lady Dragons began their journey towards their 24th slowpitch district championship with a 16-3 thrashing of the Gans Lady Grizzlies, ending Gans’ 2023 campaign.
The Dewar squad inched closer to the district title by defeating Cave Springs 17-2 in the teams’ first meeting of the 3-team postseason tournament.
The district championship puts the Lady Dragons into next week’s Class A regional tournament at a site to be determined by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association.
In Monday’s playoff opener against Gans, the visitors opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first for an early 1-0 lead.
The Lady Dragons answered with nine runs in the home half of the first, then added seven in the second for a 16-1 advantage.
Gans plated a pair of runs in the top of the third to award the host Dewar squad the 163, run-rule, win.
The Lady Dragons were led offensively by the duo of Bre Harvell (3 for 3, 2 singles, double, 3 RBIs) and Gracie Johnson (3 for 3, single, double, triple, 3 RBIs) with three hits apiece.
Ally Burney (2 for 2, single, triple, 2 RBIs) and Brailee England (2 for 2, 2 singles, RBI) also recorded multi-hit games for Dewar in the opening win with two hits each.
The final three base hits for the Lady Dragons against Gans came on RBI singles by Kinsey Maldonado and Jaycee DeTurk and a 2-run double by Sami Lee.
In Monday’s first meeting with Cave Springs, the Lady Hornets tallied their lone run in the top of the first for an early 1-0 advantage.
Dewar took over the lead at 7-1 with seven runs in the home half of the first then erupted for 10 runs in the last of the second for the 17-1 margin.
The Lady Dragon defense kept the visitors off the scoreboard in the top of the third to award the Dewar ladies the run-rule win, 17-1.
The top hitter for the Lady Dragons in the first showdown with Cave Springs was Bre Harvell, who finished 3 for 3 with a pair of singles, a double, and 2 RBIs.
Other Dewar batters with multiple hits in the contest were Gracie Johnson (2 for 3, single, double, RBI), Melanie Burney (2 for 3, 2 doubles), Kinsey Maldonado (2 for 2, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs), Maikya Carter (2 for 2, 2 singles), Danielle Baker (2 for 3, 2 singles, 2 RBIs), and Sami Lee (2 for 2, single, triple, 2 RBIs) with two hits apiece.
The remaining Dewar base hits in the win came on RBI singles by Ally Burney and Brailee England and a 2-run triple by Jaycee DeTurk.
In Monday’s district title win, Cave Springs plated its two runs in the top of the second.
Dewar began the scoring with an 11-run bottom of the first.
The Lady Dragons put the finishing touches on the district championship win by plating seven runs in the bottom of the second and keeping the Lady Hornets off the scoreboard in the top of the third for the 18-2 decision.
Kinsey Maldonado was tops offensively for Dewar in the district title game, going 3 for 3 with a single, double, triple, and 4 RBIs.
Other multi-hit games for the Lady Dragons in the second meeting with Cave Springs belonged to Bre Harvell (2 for 3, 2 singles, 2 RBIs), Gracie Johnson (2 for 3, 2 singles, RBI), Maikya Carter (2 for 3, single, home run, 4 RBIs), and Ally Burney (2 for 3, 2 singles) with two hits apiece. Carter’s home run came on a 3-run blast in the 11-run first.
The other base hits for the Dewar offense in the title contest came on singles by Jaycee DeTurk, Brailee England, and Danielle Baker, a 2-run double by Sami Lee, and a 2-run triple by Melanie Burney.
— Class A District Tournament First Game
Dewar 16, Gans 3
Gans:1-0-2 3-4-3 Dewar: 9 – 7 – x 16 – 13 – 2 WP: Brailee England LP: Unknown HR: None — Second Game
Dewar 17, Cave Springs 1 CaveSprings:1-0-0 1-1-2 Dewar: 7 – 10 – x 17 – 18 – 2 WP: Sami Lee LP: Unknown HR: Cave Springs: No. 28 — Championship
Dewar 18, Cave Springs 2
CaveSprings:0-2-0 2-5-4 Dewar: 11 – 7 – x 18 – 16 – 1 WP: Sami Lee LP: Unknown HR: Dewar: Maikya Carter