NICEVILLE – From Thursday’s 5-2 District 2-6A loss at Niceville emerged two valuable lessons for Mosley: Don’t challenge Kaylan Davis inside and don’t give a perennial powerhouse like the Eagles extra outs.
Davis belted a two-run moon shot to straightaway left field in the first inning, Mosley committed four errors that led to three unearned runs and the top-ranked Eagles swept the regular-season series with the Dolphins.
“We jumped on them early, got what we wanted,” Niceville head coach Danny Hensley said. “We put ourselves in a good position to secure the No. 1 seed for the district tournament.”
The last meeting between the teams resulted in a 7-6 road win for the Eagles, who are now 6-0 in district play. The Dolphins, who had won six straight since that loss, fell to 7-3, 3-3.
Starting with Davis’ bomb, the win never seemed in doubt for the Eagles.
The third baseman turned on an 0-1, inside fastball from starter Jill Johnson for a no-doubter to left to drive in Alex Brunson and put the Eagles ahead 2-0 in the first frame.
“She certainly got it up there where the air is thinner,” Hensley said.
Riding that momentum, the Eagles scratched for a run in the third on an error by shortstop Selena Estrada, who would then spell Johnson on the mound in the fourth. Johnson ended with a line of five strikeouts and three runs – two earned – on two hits and a walk.
Estrada also didn’t get much help from her defense, which surrendered two unearned runs in the fourth with a pair of errors. The second, a dropped throw at first base on a potential inning-ending double play, enabled Devan Hines to score. Brunson, who went 2 for 2, laced an RBI double down the left-field line to give the Eagles a 5-0 lead.
That proved to be plenty of run support for Aja Brechtel and Christina Ramirez.
Brechtel struck out five, walked two and allowed five hits and two runs over 4 1/3 innings for the win. Ramirez, meanwhile, struck out three and allowed just two hits over 2 2/3 scoreless for the save.
The Dolphins outhit the Eagles, but couldn’t overcome their uncharacteristic play in the field.
“We didn’t play our kind of ball catching and throwing,” Coach Brian Wilke said.
The Dolphins scored their runs in the fifth. Andrew McKenzie singled and Laney Haynes and Kinzie Harrington delivered RBI doubles. Ramirez held them scoreless in the sixth and seventh.
Estrada allowed two runs, both unearned, on two hits and a pair of walks over two innings, and Katie Lopes tossed a 1-2-3 sixth.