DeRidder edges St. Louis despite Dalton's no-hitter

By By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

St. Louis got a no-hitter from Shannon Dalton, but DeRidder escaped with a 1-0 win behind its own dominant pitcher, Jamie

Wentzel, who struck out 15 while tossing a three-hitter.

DeRidder (12-1, 5-0) pieced together the game’s lone run in the fourth inning, when Taylor Frost walked, stole second, advanced

to third on an outfield error on a line drive by Wentzel and scored on a sacrifice fly by Lanie Adams.

Wentzel made the run stand up, recording 10 strikeouts and allowing one hit over the final three innings.

“She has been doing really well. She has a lot of movement on her balls and was hitting spots,” said DeRidder head coach Troy

Gardner. “It is always a good game against them; they have good pitchers and have good teams,” Gardner said. “It is a good

game when we play and it is good to beat them.

“(Dalton) locates very well and has good movement. We haven’t seen a lot of good pitching. We have faced some decent pitching,

but she is very good.”

Gardner said his team had been swinging the bats well until running into Dalton.

“When we had that one opportunity, we

did a good job running the bases and came through with the hit to the

outfield to win

the game,” he said. “With the exception of today, we have been

hitting real well. Our pitching has been good and our fielding

has picked up; we have cut down on the errors.”

Saints (7-6, 3-1) center fielder Morgan

Davis was the only St. Louis player to advance beyond first base,

singling and advancing

to second on a walk in the third inning and doubling and advancing

to third on a passed ball in the fifth, but was left stranded

both times. Facing eight batters with a runner on, Wentzel issued

one walk with five strikeouts.

Dalton was equally dominant, striking out 10. She retired the first nine batters of the game as well as the final 11.

“That is the best game she has pitched

all season. She changed everything she had been doing and got it fixed,”

said St. Louis

head coach Selina Holland. “She has been more consistent, throwing

strikes and walking less people. (Wentzel) is very good.

Her changeup is amazing. It was a battle of pitchers, we just made

two little errors with the walk and error in the outfield.”

Elise Ange reached base twice for the Saints with a single and a walk.