DRYDEN — The Dryden varsity softball team split a North Central Thumb League doubleheader versus Port Hope last Thursday.
In the opener, Dryden claimed a 6-5 win at Port Hope's expense.
There Dryden used a three-run third inning; a two-run fourth; and a one-run fifth to prevail.
Port Hope managed a four-run third inning and a one-run fourth.
Dryden second baseman Amy Kaltz looks to throw out a runner at first base in NCTL play last week. photo by Kevin Kissane.
Amanda Wood and Devon Keeler paced Dryden's offensive attack with a pair of singles each. Natalie Maynard followed, belting a triple that plated the game-winning run during the bottom half of the fifth inning. They were backed by Amy Kaltz and Shalyn McCullough (a double apiece) along with Kelley Finn and Ralynn Gregg (a single each).
Maynard was the winning Dryden pitcher. She gave up three hits, struck out 10 and walked three.
In the nightcap, Port Hope bounced back for a 10-2 victory over Dryden.
There Port Hope took advantage of a four-run first ining; a four-run fifth; and a two-run sixth to emerge victorious.
Dryden countered with one run apiece during the first and second innings of play.
Finn and Keeler led Dryden with two singles each. Kaltz (a triple) plus Angelica Watson and Gregg (a single each) supported their plate performances.
With the split, Dryden now stands at 3-6 overall and 1-3 as far as NCTL matchups are concerned.
Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.