Defending state softball champion Eagles win 25th straight, blank Dover 10-0

Smyrna pitcher Payton Dixon gets congratulated by teammates after she struck out a Dover player during Tuesday’s game at Smyrna. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

It’s been a little more than a calendar year since the Smyrna High softball team last lost a game.

The Eagles haven’t shown any signs of slowing down.

Smyrna defeated Dover High 10-0 in five innings in a Henlopen Conference Northern Division matchup on Tuesday afternoon. Both teams entered the contest unbeaten at 6-0.

But it was the defending state champions who ran away with this one to improve to 7-0.

Smyrna extended its win streak to 25 games in a row. The Eagles last lost on April 6, 2018, 2-1 to Indian River.

Payton Dixon paced the Eagles on Tuesday both with her bat and with her arm.

Smyrna’s Laiken Zay connects for a hit against Dover.

She drove in five runs at the plate while pitching a shutout in the circle. She scattered three hits and struck out seven in her five innings of work.

“We were both undefeated and we really had to get our stuff together,” Dixon said. “I can always trust my team and I knew today was going to be a good game. My team was loud behind and when they’re loud behind me it builds me up and helps me do my best.”

Smyrna did most of its damage at the plate with two-RBI triples as the Eagles had three of those in the game.

The first came from Dixon in the bottom of the second to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. The sophomore left-hander launched a low liner down the third-base line to give herself all the run support she would need.

“Her bat is on fire right now and I think that helps her on the mound as well,” said Smyrna coach Nicki Shirey.

Alexis Moore added a RBI-single in the second before Sara Miller had Smyrna’s second two-RBI triple of the inning to stake the Eagles to a 5-0 lead.

Smyrna’s Payton Dixon pitches against Dover.

“It was huge,” Miller said. “Everybody did their part this game. Obviously that showed. We don’t take any team lightly, we always give 110 percent.”

Laiken Zay had the final two-RBI triple for the Eagles in the bottom of the third. Combined with Dixon’s RBI single, it gave Smyrna an 8-0 advantage.

Dixon finished her 3-for-3 day at the plate with a two-RBI double to end things due to the 10-run rule in the bottom of the fifth.

Julia Thuer scored three times for Smyrna. She doubled once and went 2-for-2 at the plate.

Olyvia Smith also scored three runs for the Eagles while Kayla Wilson was 2-for-3.

Kaityln Crowe, Kaila Quick and Alayna Gigliotti each recorded a hit for Dover (6-1).

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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