Softball team gets historic first win

Dillon Lady Beaver Savannah Hansen shovels a throw to home plate during action last week. The Lady Beavers are competing on the varsity level of girls fastpitch softball for the first time. Jess Alberi photo


In just the first week of its 2014 season, the Beavers fastpitch softball team has earned its first win of its varsity sports existence.

The 14-13 victory over Corvallis marked the first win for the Lady Beavs in their inaugural year of competition at the varsity level and put a positive end to a week in which the team played three separate teams on three separate days.

The Dillon girls started their week at home, dropping the season opener to Stevensville, 8-1, on Tuesday, on the field behind the Dillon Middle School.

Audrey Schurg, Brandi Lovaas and Shaylee Ericksen led the bats for Dillon, each going 1 for 2, followed by Lauren Holtan-Miotke, who went 1 for 3.

It was a 2-1 ballgame still in the sixth inning, with Dillon’s lone run coming from Schurg scoring off of a Holtan-Miotke shot to left field. But in the top of the seventh, the Yellowjackets first five batters all swung at the first pitch and the up-to-then solid defense of the home team committed a few errors to give Stevensville a four-run lead.  Then with two runners on, the Yellowjackets’ Cambrea Beller connected on a home run ball that gave her team a comfortable 8-1 lead heading into the last frame. 

“Their bats where hot and ours where not,” said Dillon Head Coach Andrea Schurg. “Their pitcher doesn’t look like she would be hard to hit, but we have struggled against her in the past. She is very deceptive in her delivery and gets good motion on the ball.”

Holtan-Miotke went the distance on the mound for Dillon, recording 7 strikeouts while giving up no walks in the best performance of her career. The young Beavs squad also put runners on in five of the seven innings, but were unable to string their hits together to drive in runs and ultimately dropped the game, 8-1.

Thursday again found the Beavs in Dillon facing the powerful Anaconda Copperheads. Anaconda got a strong outing from their starting pitcher, Andrea Mavrinac, who went the distance while striking out 5 and only giving up 3 Dillon hits.

On a tough day at the plate, the Lady Beavs Kimee Hiritsco-Murray was able to come up with a pair of her team’s hits while Brandi Lovaas was responsible for the other.

In somewhat bizarre fashion, Rachael Bowe and Bailie Berriochoa earned the Beavers only two RBIs in the game, with bases-loaded walks.


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