On a blustery Tuesday afternoon, the only things close to “hot” were two of the finest pitchers in the Central Region. Dale’s Lacey Waldrop’s two-hit, 23-strikeout performance bested Prince George’s Lauren Vinson in a battle for the top spot in the Central District. With both pitchers showing command of a variety of pitches, the two powerhouses may still be playing were it not for the tiebreaking rule.
Waldrop allowed only three base runners to the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s No. 1 ranked team. No Prince George runner reached third base. Vinson and Ginny Miller pounded out singles in the fourth and sixth innings, and both stole second. Waldrop promptly ended both threats with strikeouts.
Vinson matched Waldrop nearly pitch for pitch. Dale’s best chance in regulation came in the fourth on a one out, windblown triple to left by Ashby Bryant. Vinson ended that threat by inducing Waldrop into a weak foul pop and then struck out the next batter.
By rule, the ninth inning starts with a runner on second base. In the bottom of the inning, Bryant laid down a perfect sacrifice, advancing Waldrop to third. Kelci Simonson then provided the heroics with a solid line drive to left over the drawn-in infield, giving Dale a 1-0 victory and a leg up on the No. 1 seed in next week’s district tournament to be held at Matoaca High School.