Finding the zone

Groton's Courtney Parr delivers a pitch in the fourth inning with Katelyn Norman behind the plate.

The Groton and Dryden softball teams rescheduled last week's game for Friday in Dryden. The rivals -- barring yet more rain -- will go at it at 4:30 p.m. with a game scheduled for Saturday as well during the Groton Tournament. It will be the first game between father Ed Dow, Sr. of Groton and son Ed Dow, Jr. of Dryden. 

Both teams earned wins Tuesday afternoon. 

Dryden 7, Whitney Point 6 (8 innings)

A Monday of good mojo became a Tuesday of great mojo for the Dryden Lions as they earned their first win of the season, 7-6, in an eighth-inning walk-off victory over Whitney Point. 

Kerri Calkins scored the winning run with the bases loaded in the eighth, touching home plate on a passed ball. She had two hits as well as a huge hustle play getting to first on a dropped third strike.

The Lions had many key performances on the evening and none bigger then the pitching performance by sophomore Breanna Wendel. Wendel only let up five hits as she struck out six Eagle batters, earning her first career varsity win.

"Bre pitched outstanding tonight as she showed true toughness working in and out of some crucial jams," Dryden head coach Ed Dow, Jr. said. 

Wendel worked out of bases loaded two times, including the extra-inning eighth (the other was the third), to preserve the victory. 

It was an all-around team effort with huge defensive plays provided by Lindsey Goodenough at shortstop and a highlight reel diving catch by center fielder Calkins. Goodenough also provided offensive help as she had two hits and two rbis.

Groton 7, Spencer- Van Etten 3

The Groton Indians pushed four runs across in the third inning, helped by the bat of Maggie Ossit, as starter J.J. Harriott found her groove in the pitchers' circle to send Groton to a victory in Spencer. 

Harriott went six innings, allowing three hits and three runs. Spencer plated two in the first and two in the second before goose eggs filled the linescore. 

"It actually came down the pitchers tonight," head coach Ed Dow, Sr. said. "(J.J.) did very well and settled in nicely." 

Daysal Ronick got the nod for S-VE, giving up four hits to Groton. Groton's Courtney Parr came in for the bottom of the seventh inning, striking out two and allowing one hit. 

Offensively Harriott added a triple, though Groton couldn't find a way to bring her home, and Parr blasted a two-run home run in the fourth to put the final touches on the night's scoring. 

Maggie Ossit gave Groton the winning runs, hitting a three-run homer in the third inning that Groton exited with a 5-2 lead. 

"We made the most out of nine walks," Dow Sr. said. "Five of those kids scored as the home runs came with them on base." 

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