Dowagiac caps busy weekend with River Valley Invitational title
DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac softball team capped a busy couple of days with a tournament championship on Saturday.
The Chieftains played four games in less than 24 hours, winning four of those contests. Dowagiac split a pair of Wolverine Conference games on Friday before traveling to Three Oaks on Saturday to go 3-0 and win the River Valley Invitational.
“We played pretty well today to take home the championship,” said Dowagiac Coach Mike Behnke. “Sierra pitched two very good games, and Sarah Allen came on in relief against Hartford to shut them down. Sarah also had a clutch two-run double in the last inning against River Calley and her first career home run against Hartford. Caleigh Wimberley also had a good day at the plate and ran the bases well, taking many extra bases.”
River Valley Invitational
The Chieftains (13-7) defeated host River Valley 4-2 in the opening game before knocking off Hartford 11-7 and Constantine 12-3.
The win over Hartford avenged a 6-1 loss to the Indians at the Chieftain Invitational on April 17.
Sierra Carpenter was the winning pitcher in the first and third games. Against River Valley, Carpenter scattered five hits and struck out four. Against Constantine, Carpenter gave up five hits and struck out seven.
Dowagiac finished with just three hits — all singles — by Carpenter, Sarah Allen and Jessie Hulett. Allen’s hit was a double.
Against Hartford, the Chieftains scored 11 runs on 10 hits, led by Caleigh Wimberley, who was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Emma Allen, and Sarah Allen were both 2-for-4. Sarah Allen had a home run, while Emma Allen and Kimi Beattie both drove in a pair of runs. Carpenter added a single and an RBI.
Hulett started in the circle for Dowagiac, but was relieved by Aubrey Busby, who pitched an inning and two-thirds before giving way to Sarah Allen, who worked four and a third innings to earn the victory. Allen allowed three hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
Dowagiac banged out 17 hits against the Falcons, including four extra-base hits — two doubles and two home runs.
Wimberley was 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Calley Ruff, Busby, Anna Dobberstein, Carpenter and Hulett all had two hits. Dobberstein had a double, a home run and drove in a pair of runs, while Carpenter added a solo home run.
Paw Paw at Dowagiac
Dowagiac rallied to win the first game against the Red Wolves 7-6, but dropped the nightcap 12-8.
Carpenter’s walk-off double scored Dobberstein, who reached base on an error by Paw Paw to lead off the bottom of the seventh.
The Chieftains outhit the Red Wolves 8-7 in the opener. The two teams combined for 12 errors.
Carpenter ended the game 2-for-2. Dowagiac also got a double from Carpenter and a home run by Emma Allen.
Carpenter suffered the loss as she gave up seven hits and struck out seven. Only three of the seven runs Paw Paw scored were earned.
In the nightcap, The Red Wolves used a six-run fourth inning to open up a 9-3 lead on the Chieftains. Dowagiac rallied with five runs in the bottom of the fifth, but still trailed Paw Paw 9-8. The Red Wolves added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh to complete the scoring.
Dowagiac had 12 hits, including a 3-for-5 performance by Busby, who had a pair of doubles. Carpenter was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Dobberstein was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.
Busby started and took the loss for the Chieftains as she pitched the first four innings before giving way to Sarah Allen in the fifth. Carpenter pitched the seventh inning for the Chieftains.
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