By Jerod Young • Jerod Young • 

Dayton softball beats Willamina, returns to 3A semis

DAYTON — The Willamina softball team’s run through the 3A state playoffs ended Friday with a 4-0 loss to No. 1-ranked Dayton.

The Pirates (23-3) grabbed a one-run lead in the first inning, and the Bulldogs (15-9) were unable to respond throughout the game.

Willamina was shut out by Pirates starter Jamie Chenea. The Bulldogs finished with three hits and two errors.

“We didn’t play our best game,” Dayton softball coach Rob Umbenhower said. “But it was good enough for a win.

Dayton catcher Cooper Ringnalda put the Pirates on the board in the first inning with a mammoth home run to left-center field. Dayton added a run in the second inning on a RBI double from Teddi Hop. The Pirates added their final two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a costly outfield error by Willamina.

Ringnalda was 2-for-3 with a RBI. Hop finished with two doubles, a RBI and a run scored. Sydney Van Noy and Stephanie Jacks each had a hit in the Dayton win.

Dayton out hit Willamina seven to three, but Umebnhower said a few defensive mistakes and runners left in scoring positions hurt the Pirates despite the shutout.

Jamie Chenea got the win for Dayton, and Willamina pitcher Kaydi Milton took the loss. She allowed four runs on seven hits and two errors.

 “This wasn’t our best game offensively,” Umbenhower said. “We left too many runners in scoring positions. We were just able to get more runs than them.”

Sydney France, Jami Grant and Kyra Toney had the three Bulldog hits.

“I’m proud of these girls,” Willamina softball coach Vang said. “They finished the season well and deserved to be in this game.”

The Pirates beat Bandon/Pacific 18-1 in the first round of the playoffs and move on the 3A state semifinal round at 5 p.m. Tuesday vs. Santiam Christian at home.

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