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Douglass stays unbeaten with sweep of Trinity

Published April 21 at 8:50 p.m. | Last updated April 21 at 8:52 p.m.

With a largely inexperienced varsity lineup and a new coach in Emily Young, some growing pains had to be expected for the Douglass softball team.

Instead, Douglass has opened its season unbeaten, improving to 8-0 with a 6-1, 21-2 sweep at Trinity Academy on Monday.

“Each girl has played a lot of softball,” Young said. “We’ve got some weaknesses, but we’re working on them. They know what they should be doing. If they start falling apart, they can pull it back together instead of completely falling apart.

“We haven’t played 100 percent yet. We’re still striving.”

Douglass sophomore pitcher Alicia Dunagan threw a three-hitter in Game 1, striking out 10.

Dunagan faced two batters more than the minimum through the fourth inning, but she had some adversity.

Trinity center fielder Ashley Kiser got into scoring position in the fourth after reaching on a leadoff single. But Dunagan ended the inning by getting a strikeout looking and a pop fly out to second.

While Dunagan walked Katie Beth Hoppock to open the fifth, she got a strikeout to end the inning. She didn’t give up a run until Kiser scored in the sixth inning to cut Douglass’ lead to 3-1.

Trinity, which dedicated its new softball stadium between games, had an opportunity to close that margin even more. But Douglass picked off a runner at third for the second out and then Dunagan ended the inning with another pop fly out to second.

Her go-to pitch wasn’t her changeup like it usually is. Instead she relied on her curveball.

“The curve was working better tonight,” Dunagan said.

After Trinity got within two runs, Douglass answered with a leadoff double from Lexi Sanborn to start a three-run seventh inning.

It also helped Dunagan and Sanborn that Douglass didn’t commit any defensive errors.

“I feel like we’re playing really well,” Dunagan said. “We have really solid defense.”

Douglass, which had nine hits off Trinity pitcher Ellen Cupp, combined for 14 in Game 2.

The Bulldogs scored 10 first inning runs, including a solo homer by Leah Shenold, a two-RBI single by Andrea Scharff and a two-RBI double by Cash Munroe.

Douglass scored nine more in the third, the game’s final inning. Shelby Bergley hit a three-run homer to center, while Munroe had a two-RBI single.

Douglass 6, Trinity Academy 1

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W — Dunagan. L — Cupp.

Douglass 21, Trinity 2

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W — Sanborn. L — Deutsch. HR — Shenold, Douglass; Bergley, Douglass.

Pitcher Alicia Dunagan

Coach Emily Young