Dublin tallied 10 hits and took advantage of 12 Graford errors to give pitcher MeKyla Leatherwood her 10th win of the season in a 14-7 win in non-district softball action at DHS on Saturday.
Graford came out swinging and scored five runs in the opening two innings, but Dublin had an answer in each of its first two at bats.
Cayla Beck, who went 3-5 with a double, an RBI, a steal and a run, singled and stole second before scoring on a double by catcher Amber Lewis. Lewis then scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Leatherwood and the Lady Lions trailed 3-2 after one.
Graford made it 5-2 in the top of the second before before three GHS errors opened the door for Kim Ramos, Carolina Murrieta and Kendra Cannon to all cross the plate and tie the game in the bottom half of the inning.
Dublin looked to be taking control in the bottom of the third when Shelby Thiebaud singled, Leatherwood reached on an error and Murrieta drove in a run with another single. Beck then used a ground ball to drive in pinch runner Jessica Moore for a 7-5 Lady Lion edge.
Graford scored one run each in the third and fourth to tie it up again before the Lady Lions exploded in the bottom half of the fourth and fifth innings to pull away.
Murrieta's second single was followed by a base knock by Cannon to put two runners on with one out in the fourth. Wakely Brown then lined a triple down the line to score what proved to be the winning runs.
The fourth-inning damage wasn't complete, as Lewis followed Brown's three-bagger with another triple to make it 10-7. Lewis tried to stretch it into an inside-the-park home run, but was gunned down at the plate.
Dublin picked up more insurance in the sixth when Thiebaud was hit by a pitch and stole second before Kristin Rayborn walked and Ramos reached on an error that brought Thiebaud home.
Rayborn scored on a passed ball that allowed Ramos to advance from first all the way to third before the Graford pitcher committed an error that allowed Ramos to score and Cannon to reach base. Beck followed with her double, bringing Cannon home to give the game its final tally.
"We played sloppy early in the game," said Dublin head coach Billy Young, whose squad improved to 11-8-1 on the season. "We made mistakes that we normally don't make, especially base running mistakes."
Young said he was pleased with the Lady Lions' hitting, as four of their 10 hits went for extra bases, including the pair of doubles.
"The important thing is that we hit the ball hard and scored a bunch of runs," Young said. "Had this been a district game I think we would have been a little more focused."
Brown started the game in the circle for Dublin but struggled early and turned the ball over to Leatherwood after 1-2/3 innings. Leatherwood went the rest of the way, allowing a pair of runs on just two hits while striking out eight Graford hitters, walking three and hitting two in 5-1/3 innings of work. She improved to 10-4 on the year. Dublin is just 1-4-1 when Leatherwood doesn't get the decision.
The Lady Lions, who are 2-1 in District 8-2A, return to league action when they host Bangs tonight.