St. Louis pitcher Shannon Dalton tossed a no-hitter Thursday but the Lady Saints lose 1-0 to DeRidder. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 11:55 AM
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.