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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Lady Pirates take regional crown, going back to state

  • Defending Class 4A slow-pitch champion Dale will make a return trip to the state tournament this year after the top-ranked Lady Pirates dished out two run-rule wins Thursday to win a regional crown.
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  • Defending Class 4A slow-pitch champion Dale will make a return trip to the state tournament this year after the top-ranked Lady Pirates dished out two run-rule wins Thursday to win a regional crown.
     
    Dale mangled host Crescent 23-2 in three innings, then knocked off Chisholm 11-1 in five innings. The Lady Pirates amassed 24 hits against Crescent, with five of those being home runs.
     
    Ryanne Griggs went 3-for-3 with a single, two home runs and six runs batted in. Kortland Wilkey and Jaelin Flewallen were each 3-for-4 with a three-run HR, and Sam Barry was 2-for-4 with a two-run blast.
     
    Kensi Stith finished the game at 3-for-3 with a double, and Kassidy Sparks notched a trio of singles.
     
    Dale picked up 13 hits opposite Chisholm, with Barry connecting on a pair of two-run round-trippers. Flewallen smacked a two-run shot and a double, Taylor Anderson offered up a solo HR and Danielle Dockrey clubbed a double.
     
    Wilkey added two singles.
     
    Crescent and Chisholm were each held to four hits.
     
    The Lady Pirates (30-6) will make their fourth consecutive appearance in a slow-pitch state tournament May 1 at Oklahoma City’s ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. They will face a yet-to-be-determined opponent and a yet-to-be-determined time.
     
    Dale’s 2012 title is the first-ever slow-pitch title for the Lady Pirates. The Lady Pirates defeated Latta 13-2 in the championship game last year.
     
    Dale will go to Class 6A top-ranked Westmoore for a 4 p.m. seven-inning varsity game Monday.
     
    Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.

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