Lions will play for D-V softball title

Carson Dickinson scored twice and drove in a run for Etna, going 2/2 in the game, with a sacrifice.

Carson Dickinson scored twice and drove in a run for Etna, going 2/2 in the game, with a sacrifice.

InStorySRP copyThe Etna Lions softball team did what hey could to help out the visiting Biggs Wolverines on Thursday afternoon, but the Lions ultimately grabbed a 6-3 victory.

In effect, Etna scored all nine runs in the game. Five errors, eight walks and a hit batter were major factors in the Wolverines’ three scores.

On the offensive side, the Lions’ bats came through with 11 hits.

Third-seeded Biggs (24-5) took its only lead of the game, 1-0, in the top of the first inning on four walks.

Etna came right back to tie it in the home half. With one out, Carson Dickinson singled. Halliday Hubbard followed with a base hit, moving Dickinson to third. Katie Turner reached on a dropped third strike, and Dickinson scored on the play.

The Lions went in front in the third inning on a pair of runs. With one down, Dickinson singled. Hubbard also singled making it runners on first and second. A single to the fence by Turner drove in Dickinson and moved Hubbard to second base. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Hubbard scored to make it 3-1, when Kasydi Bennett dropped down a sac bunt.

Three errors, a walk and a hit batter gifted two runs to Biggs, knotting the contest at 3-3 in the fourth inning.

However, Etna added a trio of runs to their tally in the bottom of the inning, making it 6-3. Evie Duerr led off with a base hit. A double by Ava Gomes put runners at first and third. Dakota Watton reached on an attempted sac bunt, that wound up loading the bases. Rizzardo plated Duerr with a single to right field. Gomes was out at the plate, and Watton moved to third. A sac fly by Dickinson brought home Watton. The Biggs pitcher was called for making a double step on a pitch, allowing Rizzardo to score from third.

An error and two walks with one gone in the top of the seventh inning made things a bit more interesting than the Lion faithful might have wanted. But, a pop up (more of a poof up, really) to the pitcher and a strikeout secured the win for Etna.

Unofficially, Dickinson went 2/2 with two runs, an RBI and a sac. Rizzardo was 2/3 with a run and an RBI. Hubbard went 2/3 with a run and a swipe. Bennett sacrificed in a run and was 1/2. Turner drove in a run and went 1/3. Defensively, she also turned an unassisted double play at 1st base. Duerr scored and was 1/3. Watton also scored and went 1/3. Gomes doubled and was 1/3.

Cleo Smith recorded the win in the circle (1 ER, 3 H, 8 BB, 10 K).

Second-seeded Etna (28-3-1) travels to #1 East Nicolaus (31-2) on Saturday for the NSCIF D-V championship game. The Spartans defeated #4 Colusa (21-7-2) in their semifinal 12-0 .

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