DUE WEST -- The top-ranked Dixie High School softball team continued to dominate District I of the Class A state playoffs Saturday.
Delanie Laudenbacher allowed one hit and struck out eight, while the Hornet offense cranked out 11 hits in a 10-0 victory against Lamar.
"They did exactly what they were supposed to do," Dixie coach Gary Stone said. "They showed up; they had their focus and they scored five runs in the first, got 10 runs in five innings. That's what I told them to do."
Laudenbacher struck out the side in the top of the first inning, and Dixie immediately jumped on Lamar. Samantha Ferguson and Brittney Brown got on base, and Kensley Carwile hammered a double into left field to plate both runners. Carwile then came around to score on a throwing error.
Later in the inning, Leigha Snipes and Haleigh Phillips drove in a run each with singles to give the Hornets a 5-0 lead.


Dixie scratched across another run across in the second but were kept scoreless in the third. The Hornet bats got rolling again in the fourth inning, though.
Brown and Carwile led off with singles, and Kaleigh Price singled to right field two batters later. The right-fielder mishandled the ball, allowing Brown to score from second. Laudenbacher followed by grounding out to third, but Carwile sneaked home to score on the play.
Sara Beth Sears then hammered a double off the fence in left field to bring home Price to put Dixie on the brink of the 10-run rule with a 9-0 lead.
 
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