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Surge continues for Lady Dragons

The softball team sweeps its series with Corvallis.



DALLAS -- Dallas' streaking softball team blew past Corvallis with ease last week, taking three Mid-Willamette Conference games from the Lady Spartans by a combined score of 35-5.

Dallas prevailed 12-2 and 11-1 April 26 and April 29, respectively, at home. The Lady Dragons also won 12-2 April 27 at Corvallis.

Dallas now has won 11 consecutive contests and is ranked No. 11 in the Oregon School Activities Association Class 5A power rankings.

"As we've been doing all year long, we hit well and hit consistently throughout the lineup," Dallas coach Al Perkins said of the Corvallis series. "The whole team hit about as well as they have all year. Some of our players who had been struggling a little had good series against Corvallis."

The Lady Dragons had 16 hits in the first game of the series. Every Dallas player in the lineup had at least one hit and all but two had two hits.

Dallas scored six times in the third and added six more in the fifth.

Julie Postma pitched a two-hitter for the Lady Dragons and hit a pair of doubles.

Dakota Herrick tripled for Dallas.

Dallas had 11 hits in game two and scored in every inning except the third.

Sophie Hess, Dani Ackerman and Caitlyn McCarron had two hits apiece for the Lady Dragons. Hess had three of Dallas' five stolen bases. The top three hitters in the order -- Hess, Ackerman and Kelsey Linn -- scored a combined seven runs.

Postma tossed a six-hitter with two walks and five strikeouts.

Dallas again had 11 hits in game three, and McCarron, Herrick, Postma and Posey all doubled. The Lady Dragons scored in all four of their at-bats as the 10-run, mercy rule was implemented for the third time in the series.

Perkins and assistant coach Reese Linn worked for about five or six hours to get the field in a playable condition. After all that effort, the game ironically enough was completed in about 60 minutes.

"We started about 11:00 a.m. and still had to postpone the start of the game for an hour," Perkins said. "We didn't even leave for lunch. I had my wife (Darlene) bring lunch to us."

Dallas suffered some significant losses to graduation following the 2010 season. Many if not most observers felt the team would be in a rebuilding mode this season. Instead, the Lady Dragons have won 15 of 18 games and this week will be battling Silverton for first place in the MWC.

"We've done everything we can do to put ourselves in a position to play competitively with them," Perkins said. "I'm optimistic we can get some games from them. They've been playing well. We've been playing well. They haven't lost since they dropped a game against West Albany. We haven't lost since we played West Albany. I anticipate a great series."



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