Dayton softball wins in wild walkoff
DAYTON — The Dayton softball team’s run through the 3A state playoffs continues on to the 3A state championship game. The Pirates beat No. 3-seeded Santiam Christian 1-0 in eight innings Tuesday to move on to the championship game Friday in Corvallis.
The Eagles (23-6) had runners in scoring position in four innings, but the Pirates (24-3) responded with stops each time.
Dayton also had its missed chances. It had runners in scoring position in two innings but was unable to produce a go-ahead run.
Dayton shortstop Sydney Van Noy won the game for the Pirates in the bottom of the eighth inning on a walk-off inside the park home run. After taking the first two pitches, Van Noy swung at the third pitch and drove the ball to left field. Eagles left fielder Rachel Boyer dove for the ball but couldn’t come up with the catch and the ball rolled all the way to the wall allowing Van Noy to score the winning run.
Van Noy went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases. Rachel Fluke had a single in the win.
The Pirates had Van Noy on third base with two outs in the bottom of the third inning, but Cooper Ringnalda grounded out to end the inning.
Dayton had a chance to win the game in the seventh inning with Michaela Shouldis on second base and Fluke on first with two outs. Shelby Byerly grounded out to end the inning.
Santiam Christian out hit Dayton eight to five despite the loss.
Jamie Chenea got the win for the Pirates. She had five strikeouts and no walks.
The Pirates beat Bandon 18-1 in the first round of the playoffs and Willamina 4-0 in the 3A state quarterfinal round. Dayton moves on the 3A state championship game at 4 p.m. Friday vs. Rainier at the Oregon State University Softball Complex.