RED OAK – Marley Dickert wanted to bounce back from what happened in the morning. Mission accomplished.

After taking a 6-2 loss to Crandall in the first game of the tournament, Dickert and the Red Oak softball team closed the day by thumping former district foe Mabank, 11-0.

Along the way, Dickert pitched five innings, picking up six strikeouts while allowing just two hits. She was also the only Lady Hawk with multiple base hits on the day and they were both the only extra base hits.

How did she feel after the performance?

“A lot better,” Dickert said with a laugh.

Dickert’s first double of the game plated the fifth run in the first inning as the Lady Hawks batted around. Singles by Jaimi Munoz, Amber Tucker, Lauren Tamez and Morgan Dufour were just part of Red Oak’s success as the team capitalized on four Mabank errors in the inning.

Mabank’s inability to field the ball cleanly continued to cost runs in the second inning as the Lady Hawks scored two runs on just one hit. Samantha Gilmore’s leadoff infield single was the only hit of the inning as errors on the at-bats of Kaitlyn Callier, Kayla Burke, Tamez and a bases loaded walk to Chelsea Bissonnet put two more on the board.

“We capitalized on errors unfortunately like they’ve been capitalizing on our errors. When that happens, you get a team down, you get a pitcher down, everybody starts to feel it,” coach Tatum Thorne said. “We’re doing what we’re supposed to, get ahead and stay ahead.”

From there, Dickert dug in, retiring the Lady Panthers in order in the first and second inning before allowing a base runner on an error in the third. She responded with back-to-back strikeouts and a groundout to end the inning.

Mabank did manage to get singles in each of the next two innings but both came with two outs. Red Oak (4-10, 0-2 district) responded by plating three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. After Bissonnet got on with an infield single, Dickert notched her second double of the day to put runners at second and third. Again, a Mabank error led to a run as Bissonnet scored during Dufour’s at-bat.

When Gilmore came back to the plate, the team again had runners at second and third and again a Mabank error allowed for two more runs. The Lady Panthers finished with 10 errors on the day.

While it might not have been the best looking win, it was an important win to get early in the team’s home tournament. Both coaches and players were hoping the victory will help build some confidence for games against Grandview and against Waco Robinson.

“It feels a lot better and I think we have a little bit of confidence in ourselves now. I think now that we have this win, we’ll be able to get more,” Dickert said.

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