Despite out-hitting Silo 9-1, Dale was unable to defend its state title Saturday in falling 3-2 to the Rebels in the Class 2A state championship game at Shawnee High School’s Memorial Park.
The Pirates, ranked first throughout the season, took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Dale still held the advantage after four frames, 2-1, but the Rebels added the tying run in the fifth and the go-ahead run in the sixth.
Two of Silo’s runs were earned, and Dale’s lone error led to an unearned run.
Senior Evan Anderson pitched all seven innings and ends his career with the Pirates at 7-2. He fanned 10 batters and walked five, and went 1-for-4 offensively with a double.
Anderson has committed to play at the collegiate level with the University of Mississippi.
Chase Byndas led Dale’s nine-hit output at 3-for-3, and teammates Taylor Smith, Jace Wilkins, Xavier Lanham, Colt Manship and Gunnar Hatchcock each added singles.
Manship ripped a run-scoring triple in Dale’ 8-2 semifinals win over Colbert, while Anderson clubbed a two-run home run. Byndas and Hunter Pinkston also notched triples against Colbert.
The Pirates, owners of 19 state titles, narrowly missed their 11th of the spring. Dale has appeared in the past five (fall and spring) state championship games, winning three in a row beginning with the 2011 fall title.
Dale defeated Silo by a 3-2 count in the 2012 fall semifinals.
The majority of Dale’s lineup will return for the 2013 fall season as Anderson and Smith are the only seniors.
“I’m losing two good ones,” said Dale coach Jerry Sanford. “They’re good leaders and good kids. They will be hard to replace.
“We had a good year. A good run.”
Dale’s season concludes at 28-5.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.