The Class A top-ranked Dale Pirates completed their district tournament domination Friday with an 18-0 title-game frolic over Calumet.
The Class A top-ranked Dale Pirates completed their district tournament domination Friday with an 18-0 title-game frolic over Calumet. The game was stopped after 4 1/2 innings on the run rule. Dale, 24-3, scored six runs in the second inning and seven runs in the fourth. The Pirates didn’t bat in the bottom of the fifth. In 14 innings of district play over three days, Dale out-scored the opposition 45-1. Taylor Smith, making his first pitching start of the season, earned Friday’s victory by allowing one hit in two innings. He fanned four and walked two. Tanner Nelson, who also hurled two innings, didn’t surrender a hit, whiffed three and didn’t issue a walk. Chase Byndas struck out the side in the fifth. Evan Anderson and Hunter Pinkson went 2-for-3 with a home run apiece. Anderson posted a two-run shot in the second inning while Pinkston notched a three-run effort, also in the second. Registering two singles apiece for the Pirates were Gage Ross, Byndas and Smith. Xavier Lanham added a double. Dale will play two games today at Red Oak. At 2 p.m., the Pirates will meet Class A second-ranked Rattan, then play Red Oak, the No. 1 team in Class B, at 4 p.m. Dale coach Jerry Sanford said regional assignments should be announced Monday. Note: Report compiled by Fred Fehr.