The Dover Senators softball squad was unable to hold onto an early lead over William Penn, ultimately falling to the Colonials 13-8 on Saturday afternoon.

William Penn would take the early lead, 1-0 after one half inning of play on Saturday but the Senators would respond in a big way.

In the bottom half of the second inning, Dover would strike for 5 runs surprisingly with an attack of bunts from home-plate. After loading the bases the Senators played small-ball, bunting home multiple runs home to take a 5-1 lead going into the third inning.

In the third, William Penn’s Tia Smith rocked a 3-run homerun to pull the Colonials to within a run. William Penn would take the lead in the top half of the fourth inning after posting 3 runs to take a 7-5 lead into the bottom half of the fourth.

Dover would again respond scoring 2 runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning to tie things up a 7 apiece.

Unfortunately for Dover, they simply didn’t have the offensive weapons to hang with William Penn. In the top half of the sixth inning William Penn would put up a 5-spot to take a commanding 12-7 lead, one which they would not relinquish.

Teonna Miller led the way for the Senators with both her bat and glove. Miller knocked in 2 runs on Saturday and flashed some leather making an outstanding catch in the outfield to help keep the Senators in the game.

Saturday was another tough loss for a very young Dover squad. However, they have shown they have the ability to score runs and execute properly when needed. While the little things aren’t helping them win games yet, in the long run it’s hard to believe their hard work won’t pay off eventually.

And while we may not see a whole lot of wins this season from the Lady Senators, this team made up mostly of underclassmen is certainly learning invaluable lessons each and every game. Whether or not that translates to success down the road has yet to be seen.