Dublin built a 12-2 lead then held on as things got exciting in a 15-10 shootout at Brady in District 8-2A softball Friday evening.
Seven of Dublin’s nine starters had hits in the wild affair, with Wakeley Brown going 3-5 with three RBI. She had two singles and a triple and scored a pair of runs.
Amber Lewis, Shelby Thiebaud, Kim Ramos and Carolina Murrieta all had two hits each for the Lady Lions, who had 13 total hits and also reached base or advanced on the base paths on 11 Brady errors.
Murrieta’s pair of hits drove in three runs and she scored twice, while both of Ramos’ base knocks were doubles and she also crossed the plate twice.
Cayla Beck continued her assault on opposing defenses by stealing three bases and scoring two runs. She now has 21 stolen bases on the year.
Dublin scored three runs in the first and five in the fifth.
Beck reached on an error and stole second before crossing the plate on a single by Brown in the first. Brown then scored on a triple by Lewis, who came home on a ground ball off the bat of Thiebaud.
The big fifth inning push didn’t start until there were two outs. Kristin Rayborn reached on an error before a Ramos shot carried all the way to the middle of the fence against a 40-plus mile per hour win.
Murrieta follwed with another double to bring both Rayborn and Ramos home before Kendra Cannon singled her across the plate and Brown drove in two with a triple down the right field line to make it 12-2.
Brady wouldn’t go down silently, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth to prolong the game. The first two crossed the plate on a double before a sacrifice fly to center made it 12-5.
Ramos’ second double drove Thiebaud home in the top of the sixth before MeKyla Leatherwood, who reached on an error, scored on a miscue by the Brady pitcher to put Dublin ahead by nine.
Brady used a pair of walks, two singles, a two-run double and an RBI ground out to make it 14-9 in the bottom of the sixth before the Lady Lions added one when Murrieta drove Thiebaud in with a single in the top of the seventh.
After facing Leatherwood the first six innings, Brady came to bat against Lewis in the bottom of the seventh and immediately got two runners on when the leadoff hitter walked and the ensuing batter was hit by a pitch.
A runner scored on a fielder’s shoice to first base before Dublin gunned down a Brady player at home and picked up a ground out to end the offensive slugfest.
The Lady Lions turned two pivotal double plays from the outfield in the win, as Mariah Reeder caught a line drive in right and fired the ball to first before a Brady runner could tag up in the fourth frame, and Murrieta snagged a hard-hit ball that looked like it would fall in center field and picked off a runner who was running on contact.
Leatherwood improved to 11-4 in the circle for Dublin, which is now 13-8-1 on the season and 4-1 in 8-2A. She allowed eight hits and walked four while surrendering nine earned runs in pitching conditions that were made tough by cold temperatures and a strong wind.
“In the four years I’ve been here we’ve never had a game like this where the wind was such a factor,” said Young. “Our outfielders did a good job of handling the wind. All three of them made routine plays on balls that looked like they were going to be an adventure.”
Next up for Dublin is a critical showdown with Early as both teams, along with Coleman, jockey for the top spot in the league.
Dublin hosts Early on Tuesday. A Lady Lion win would create a three-way tie atop the 8-2A standings.