CHURCH HILL — The formula for success on the softball diamond is simple: good pitching, timely hitting and solid defense.
Dobyns-Bennett got good marks in all three categories Tuesday in a 6-1 Big 8 Conference win over homestanding Volunteer.
Lady Indians freshman pitcher Marissa Honeycutt scattered six hits, struck out seven and walked four.
D-B catcher Abby Stratton had a double, a two-run homer, three RBIs and a run scored, and teammate Madi Kilby added two hits and an RBI.
“We’re starting six freshmen,” said D-B coach Andy Hubbard. “So any time we get a win in this conference, it’s a good thing.
“We didn’t have any breakdowns today,” Hubbard added. “This is a good bunch of kids with a good attitude.”
The score was tied at 1 after two innings when the Lady Indians (18-15, 6-4) took control. MaKaylah Darnell led off the third with a walk and scored all the way from first base when Kilby stroked a single to center.
The ball was misplayed and Kilby was able to advance to second.
Honeycutt’s single to center brought home Kilby and D-B was up 3-1.
Morgan Marshall took over on the mound for Volunteer (13-11, 3-6) in the fourth and struck out the side.
Darnell reached first in the top of the fifth after being hit by a pitch. With two outs, Stratton blasted the ball over the left-center fence, and the Tribe held a commanding 5-1 advantage.
Although Marshall managed to strike out nine in four innings on the mound, she could not stem the tide.
D-B got its final run in the seventh after two costly errors by the Lady Falcons.
“We pride ourselves on defense,” said Volunteer coach Jackie Strickler. “But we weren’t ready to play today and that’s on me.
“Give all the credit to D-B. They got the timely hits with two outs and got the runners home. We learned today that we have to get better.”
Volunteer stranded nine baserunners.
“My teammates had my back all game,” Honeycutt said. “They picked me up when I walked batters.
“It is a good win for us, but we need to stay positive and keep playing as a team.”