The Lady Bulldog softball team finally got their first game of the season in and it came in the first round of their own tournament Friday.

Dover’s Lady Longhorns had to get lucky to hang on for a 6-5 win. Minco was down by one in the home seventh and had the sacks full with one out when right fielder Shelby Terry stood in. The ‘Dawgs were on a roll, already scoring three runs in a late rally and in great shape to at least force extra innings if not just win the thing.

Terry had hit the ball solidly in two previous at-bats but this time she got under it just a little and lofted a soft fly ball to shallow center. It looked like trouble as Juanita Ramirez charged hard and the baserunners were frozen for a second, uncertain if the ball would drop or not.

It didn’t. Ramirez snagged the ball on the run but Brittany Vickers was still off second and Ramirez doubled her off easily for the game-ending double play.

Minco lost a tough one but found out something about themselves. They played like it was their first game and Dover jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two.

The girls kept the spirit up and kept battling. Terry drove in third baseman Miranda Singley in the home fourth and pitcher Summer Eason scored rover Nikki Baade with a sacrifice fly to center in the fifth.

Meanwhile the defense shut Dover down, holding them scoreless for the rest of the game, and the team started playing with some confidence.

Back-to-back singles from ten-hole Kendra Tinsey and leadoff hitter Baade opened the bottom of the seventh and set the table for the heart of the order.

Shortstop Candace Schmidt’s short drive to right was bobbled by Kenzie Vincent and Tinsley raced home. Eason singled in Baade and alertly advanced to second on the throw. First baseman Carey Jackson muffed Vicker’s easy infield fly and there were two on.

Singley flied to center for the second out and the runners had to hold but Dover couldn’t get a handle on Miriam McFarland’s little squibbler up third and all hands were safe.

That’s when their luck ran out. Terry popped up and, just like that, it was over.

Eason finished with two RBIs and Terry, Schmidt and Vickers each had one.

Minco will be back in action Saturday morning with Ninnekah, which lost to Alex 8-7, at 10:30.

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