The game-winning run by the Hawks was scored in the second inning off a Katie Arnold double.
McDonald threw a composed game and the rest of the Giants defense backed her up.
“She pitched a great game,” Dowler said. “That’s what we wanted to do, keep the game within reach. She did an excellent job but she’s got to give the defense credit because the girls behind were playing. We made every play, there wasn’t a play we didn’t make out there besides a fly ball here and there. But even then I was very proud of the way they came out.”
Ben Davis returned only two starters and had eight seniors graduate from last season’s squad.
“We have some kids that are playing at the varsity level that really just got a little bit extra out of themselves this year,” Dowler said. “These kids were in over their heads a little bit but the good thing about it is they learned from it.”
With no seniors on the team this year, Dowler is looking forward to the hopeful future and growth of his squad.
“A lot of the girls that are out here are girls I haven’t gotten to coach until this year,” he said. “Last summer I got to see them a little bit but I didn’t get to coach them. This summer they are about to be coached. I definitely expect us to be a lot better.”