By Jerod Young • Jerod Young • 

Pirates pick up from 2012

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterDayton softball player Michaela Shouldis slides into second base vs. Perrydale last week. The Pirates are 3-0 entering Tuesday s game with Willamina.
Marcus Larson/News-Register
Dayton softball player Michaela Shouldis slides into second base vs. Perrydale last week. The Pirates are 3-0 entering Tuesday's game with Willamina.

So far, the fresh Pirates have shown they’re not intimidated by the pressure.

Dayton (3-0) notched its third win of the season Friday, an 8-1 win over Perrydale (0-1). While veteran leaders Brianna Mullan and Maddie Wauters have departed, the team is now led by its lone senior, Jamie Chenea.

“We’re a young team,” Dayton coach Rob Umbenhower said. “So there’s still some players we’re trying to figure out where they belong.”

Umbenhower said the Pirates are much more flexible with depth this year, which has been important for Dayton the last few weeks.

The Pirates have been struck by the flu bug that has coursed its way through the Dayton lineup the past few weeks, and Umbenhower said its arrival has come at a bad time.

“We’ve had that flu bug going around,” Umbenhower said. “Jamie was sick, so then Sierra (Ray) pitched. Sierra got sick, and so both pitchers have been sick, and it’s not normal to have three games in one week like we have.”

Despite the busy schedule — and the flu, the Pirates are undefeated and showed no signs of slowing in the win over Perrydale.

Even with Dayton’s senior leader taking care of business from the pitcher’s circle, it was a pair of youngsters that shined in the Pirates’ win.

Sophomore Sydney Van Noy and freshman Teddi Hop were locked in all afternoon. After sophomore Stephanie Jacks was hit by a pitch to start the second inning, and reached second base on a fielder’s choice and third on a steal, Hop came up and drug a bunt down the first base line.

The Pirates had no chance to get Jacks at home or Hop at first, and Dayton seized a 3-0 lead.

Perrydale couldn’t get Hop out at the plate or on the base paths. Hop finished the day going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three stolen bases.

“I really thought I stepped up today,” Hop said. “I thought I only kind of went half way in our last game, so I wanted to step it up this game and get on base every time.”

Not only did Hop reach base on all three plate appearances, with three stolen bases she accounted for three of the Pirates’ eight runs.

“When I’m on the bases, I feel pretty confident,” Hop said. “Their pitcher was being a little lazy out there, so I just took bases.”

Van Noy also had a three-hit game. Her first hit came in the bottom of the first inning, a single up the middle. Her hit in the fourth was an RBI-triple to left-center field. Van Noy’s run-scoring triple gave Dayton a 4-0 lead, and Van Noy finished her three-hit afternoon with a single in the fifth inning. She also finished with a stolen base.

Van Noy said her ideal situation at the plate is when pitches are thrown outside because she hits from the left side of the plate. She said she likes to lean out and send them to the opposite field.

“The pitches they were throwing me were really outside,” Van Noy said. “And that’s like perfect for a lefty to slap it the other way. She was giving away her pitching technique and I had a good eye for it.”

Michaela Shouldis, the Pirates lone junior on the team, had a two-hit and two-RBI day.

Shouldis had an RBI-single in the fourth that scored Van Noy to give Dayton a 5-0 lead. Her second RBI-single came in the fifth and gave Dayton the 8-0 lead.

Perrydale scored its run in the sixth on a Dani Juarez sacrifice with runners on second and third. Brooke Barnes and Bryce Baucum accounted for the Pirates’ two hits.

Dayton’s biggest inning was the fifth. It scored three runs on five hits. In all, the Pirates finished with eight runs on 11 hits.

Dayton plays its first West Valley League game at 4:30 p.m. today vs. visiting Willamina. The Pirates’ last loss in a regular season game was an 11-10 loss to the Bulldogs on May 10.

“It’s still early, and we’re not that far removed from the state playoffs,” Umbenhower said. “The philosophy is one run an inning. That’s how we play and will continue to play.”

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