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Lady Broncos bang out 14 hits in big win over Porter

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    Dayton’s Gracie Whitehead dives back into first base against Porter on Thursday night. The Vindicator | Jerry Michalsky
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    Fabianna Candelari of Dayton is ready for the pitch from her shortstop position on Thursday night in Porter. The Vindicator | Jerry Michalsky

The Dayton Lady Broncos brought out the bats on Thursday night in Porter by knocking out 14 hits and scoring in every inning except for one in a much needed 14-4 win over the Lady Spartans in district play. The win moved Dayton to 5-3 in district. Kloee Wells let the hitting parade with four hits and three RBI’s. The senior reached base all five times and also threw out a couple of potential base runners from her catcher position. The Lady Broncos jumped out to a nice 4-0 lead after a half-inning of play thanks to three walks and two hit by-pitches. Fabianna Candelari started things off with a single and then Bailey Butcher, Emma Pierce, and Wells all walked, which allowed Candelari to score and make it 1-0. Dimika Anthony-Conner and Natalie Garcia were then each hit-by-pitches to score two more and run the lead to 3-0. Dayton would get one more run to make it 4-0. The Lady Broncos added another run in the third inning thanks to an RBI single by Garcia and then the advantage was up to 5-0. Porter then went to work in the bottom half of the frame by scoring four runs to cut the deficit to 5-4. Dayton got single tallies in the fourth and fifth innings to increase their lead back to 7-4. The Lady Broncos then got some breathing room in the sixth frame with three more runs as Garcia, Butcher, and Anthony-Conner all had RBI’s in the inning. Dayton then put the game away with four runs in the seventh. Kyra Keener had a nice two-run triple to make it 12-4 and then an RBI single by Candelari and RBI double by Wells ran the advantage to 14-4. Keener and Candelari each finished with three hits and two RBI’s each, while winning pitcher Jocelyn Armstrong helped herself on the mound with two hits. Armstrong finished with eight strikeouts.