Dotson leads Williamstown girls past Belpre

WILLIAMSTOWN – Despite holding a 14-7 advantage in hits, six errors spelled doom for the visiting Belpre softball team here Wednesday as Williamstown rallied for a wild 6-5 victory against the Golden Eagles in nine innings.

Yellowjacket shortstop Courtney Dotson made a key web gem in the top of the ninth. She made a diving catch on a liner in the hole toward third off the bat of Belpre’s Elizabeth Adams with runners on first and second to end the threat. In the last of the ninth, the leadoff hitter Dotson was due up first and she promptly crushed a triple to left-center and scored when the throw to third went wide.

“I know we are a good team,” said Dotson, who went 3 for 5 with three runs, a stolen base and a double. “I had a feeling we were going to pull this through and I really just believe in my team.”

Dotson doubled in the first and scored on an error. She singled in the third and came home on Kristin Harman’s RBI hit. She also was at the plate with the bases loaded in a key three-run fourth when her rocketed grounder was misplayed by the Golden Eagles’ infield and allowed all three runs to score, which at the time put the hosts ahead 5-4.

“Well, I went to a college game and that just really motivated me to dive a lot more so I’m just going to try my best to get there,” Dotson said of her web gem in the ninth.

Nellie King scattered 14 hits and went the distance with six strikeouts to record the mound win for 5-8 WHS, which plays at 4 p.m. today at Buffalo and then takes on Sherman at approximately 6 p.m.

“It was definitely a good win and a motivation booster,” said Yellowjacket skipper Kayla Stanley, who watched her squad go 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position.

“Courtney has pulled our team out of a lot of situations and she continues to do it.”

Belpre, which dropped to 6-3 and plays host to Southern at 5 p.m. today, pushed across four runs in the third. Catcher Sydney Hall, who left the game in the fourth after a foul pop struck her in the mouth, started the rally with a bunt single. Golden Eagle No. 9 hitter Kaitlin Richards then drew a free pass. Leadoff hitter Lauryn Simmons followed with an RBI single to center and Olivia Shutts knocked in a run on an RBI groundout. Katie Osburn, who was charged with the mound loss after replacing the starter Harman, followed suit with an RBI single and she later scored on a wild pitch.

The Golden Eagles tied the game at five apiece with a run in the fifth. Harman had a one-out double to right and scored on Bri Elkins’ RBI single back up the box. Belpre, which went 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position, stranded 11.

Simmons finished 3 for 5 while Osburn, Harman and Elkins had two hits apiece. Adams also was robbed on a bunt attempt by ‘Jacket third baseman Kayla Scott, who made a full stretch diving effort to snare the ball before it hit the ground not too far in front of home plate in the sixth inning.