Chelsea and Dexter Softball Split in SEC White DH

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A SEC White doubleheader that had a huge impact in the league standing, the Dexter and Chelsea teams split a doubleheader that tightened the top of the conference.

A 6-4 win by Dexter in the opener handed Chelsea its first league loss of the season and moved the Dreads and Ypsilanti Lincoln to one-game back in the standings.

The Dreadnaughts took advantage of five Chelsea errors to build a 6-0 lead.

A single and error put two runner on for Dexter in third. Sam Sutton plated the first run with an RBI groundout and a Chelsea error pushed another run across to make it 2-0.

The fourth started with a pair of walks put two runners on. A one out single by Livvy Mellifont loaded the bases for the Dreadnaughts. Emilee Underewood got a strikeout and looked like she was going to get out of the jam, but the Bulldogs defense committed three straight errors to allow Dexter to score three and make it 5-0.

In the fifth with one out, Lillie Robeson and Emma Sortor ripped back to back doubles to make it 6-0 before the Bulldogs would rally.

Nicole Roeser doubled to open the bottom of the fifth  and scored on a Mya Purdy single to make it 6-1.

It stayed that way until the seventh when Chelsea would try to make a comeback. With one out Madison Kay tripled and scored on a Purdy single. Underwood then singled and both came around to score on a two-run triple by Bekah Zachrich to make it 6-4 and bring the tying run to the plate. Sutton would settle down and get a pop out and strikeout to end the game.

Sortor led the Dexter offense with two hits and an RBI, while Kylee Niswonger had two hits and two runs scored. Robeson had a hit and scored two runs, Mellifont, Jenna Wagenschutz, and Paige Sayler a hit each. Sutton struck out ten and walked zero for the win.

Purdy led the Bulldogs with three hits and two RBI, while Zachrich had two hits and two RBI. Roeser chipped in with two hits, Underwood, Maggie Olaveson, and Kay one hit each. Underwood took the loss with ten strikeouts.

Niswonger walked and stole second base to start the second game. She would come home on a single by Sutton for a 1-0 lead for the Dreads. 

Dexter put two runners on in the second with two outs and Niswonger ripped a single to center, Purdy gunned the ball to plate to nail the Dexter runner to end the inning and keep it 1-0.

In the fourth, the Bulldogs put a runner on with a dropped third strike and moved to second with a steal. With two outs Megan McCalla ripped a run scoring double to tie the game. Roeser followed with a run scoring single to put Chelsea up 2-1.

Brenna Cassidy opened the sixth with a double for Dexter and with two outs she would come home on a Bulldog error to make it 2-2.

Chelsea loaded the bases on singles by Andi Evers and Kay with an error. McCalla put the Bulldogs up with a sacrifice fly, but Sayler settled down and kept the Dreadnaughts without any more harm heading to the seventh.

Dexter would go down in order in the seventh as the Bulldogs earned the split. 

McCalla finished with two hits and two RBI, while Roeser had a hit and RBI. Evers, Kay, and Jenna Ouellette each added a hit. Underwood struck out seven and walked one for the win.

Sayler led the Dreads with two hits. She also took the loss on the mound striking out eight with all three runs being unearned.

Sutton had a hit and RBI, Niswonger and Cassidy a hit and runs cored, and Robeson a hit for the Dreads.

Chelsea improved to 10-1 in the White and Dexter stands at 8-3. The Bulldogs take on second place Lincoln (8-2) in another huge doubleheader with the results being key in the final conference standings

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