Smyrna's 2019 DIAA Softball Championship Team

Smyrna's 2019 DIAA Softball Championship Team

Smyrna's Payton Dixon tossed a 4-hit shutout and induced 2 double plays in a 1-0 victory over Caravel to win a second-straight DIAA Softball Championship.

Dixon got all the offensive support she would need, and get, with two outs in the 1st when Julia Thuer was fooled, but still muscled an offering into shallow center to bring in Kayla Wilson with that turned out to be the game's only run.

Caravel had plenty of early pressure on Dixon and the Eagles, as they left a pair of runners on base in each of the opening two innings.

Dixon then settled down in the 3rd frame thanks to a slick double-play started by 2nd baseman Wilson, who backhand flipped to Lexi Moore before a toss to a stretching Thuer at first to snuff out a chance.

The sophomore pitcher then retired 7 of the next 9 batters she faced while Caravel's Savannah Sheats also was in command.

After giving up 3 singles in the first inning, Smyrna had just 4 hits the rest of the way, and never found the plate again.

But this was Dixon's day, and a comebacker to her started a 1-6-3 double play, with another great stretch by Thuer, and the celebration was on in the cicle.

Smyrna lead-off hitter Lexi Moore went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, while Wilson also added two infield singles.

Courtney Brobst and Brooke Holdsworth each reached base twice for Caravel, who didn't get a runner to third base in the contest.

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