Dwight vs. Lexington softball

    Abby Edwards got off to what could be termed as a slow start to the season, but the fireballing Dwight senior ace was still dominant as she pitched the Trojans to an 8-3 victory over Lexington in the season-opener for both teams Wednesday at DTHS.
    Edwards uncharacteristically walked four and scattered seven hits, but did strike out 11 and shut down the Minutemen over the final four innings with only one serious threat.
    To its credit, Lexington came in swinging the bats looking to make things happen, and that’s what happened at the outset. Raelyn Payne led off the game with a sharp single to center.
    Payne scored two batters when Jayden Standish hit a grounder up the middle that DTHS second baseman kept on the infield but the Minutemen led 1-0.
    Dwight rallied in the bottom of the inning off Lexington left-hander Madde Underhill. LynDee Hale drew a lead-off walk and was still on first after the next two batters popped out.
    Macey Rodosky ignited a two-out rally with a base hit and Kaitlyn Masching walked to load the bases. Leah Flynn then singled home the tying run as Hale scored. Rodosky came home on a wild pitch with Kat Harms at the plate, giving the Trojans a 2-1 lead.
    A five-run outburst in the second pushed the Dwight advantage to 7-1. The big hit was a home run from Masching.
    The surge started with two outs as Hale doubled and Taylor Anderson singled to drive in Hale. Edwards walked and Rodosky singled to left that plated Anderson, making it 4-1.
    Masching then sent an Underhill offering over the right field fence on a line to clear the bases and give Edwards a six-run cushion.
    Lexington showed a bit fire in coming back in the third. Dani Palmer led off with a base hit to center and Payne singled when her little pop up in front of the plate fell just out of the reach of Masching.
    Standish drew a one-out walk to load the bases and Kaitlyn Tammen walked to force in pinch-runner Sophie Lesman. Payne scored on Jocelyn Beoletto’s grounder, making it 7-3.
    Edwards scored on a two-out wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning to push the Dwight lead to 8-3.
    Lexington did threaten in the sixth inning by loading the bases with one out. Little hit a grounder back to Edwards, who threw home for a force out, and Standish lined out to right to end the inning with no runs scored.
    Rodosky had three hits and drove in a run to lead the Dwight (1-0) offense. Danielle Carlson had two hits while Masching had a homer and three RBIs. Hale doubled while Anderson and Flynn each had a single and RBI. Edwards and Morgan Zabel each singled.
    For Lexington, Underhill took the loss after allowing eight runs on nine hits and three walks in four innings. He fanned two. Hannah Crouch struck out four in two innings. She allowed two hits and two walks.
    Payne had a double and two singles, scored twice and walked in reaching base four times. Standish had two hits and a run batted in. Palmer and Grace Michal also singled and Tammen and Beoletto each drove in a run.