A crafty two-hitter by Tanner Nelson proved to be the difference Tuesday as Class A’s second-ranked Dale squeezed out a 3-2 victory over top-ranked Byng.
Byng’s two runs came in the bottom of the seventh, compliments of its only two hits (both singles), a walk, a fielding error and a throwing error.
Nelson collected five strikeouts and issued two walks. He also hit two batters on his way to upgrading his record to 6-0.
“Tanner threw well,” Dale head coach Jerry Sanford said. “He throws strikes, changes speed and moves the ball around. He can pitch a little bit.”
Dale scored all three of its runs in the top of the fifth. After Jace Wilkins led off with a single, Xavier Lanham hit into a forceout at second on a bunt attempt. Gage Ross walked and Skyler Martin followed with a single to score Lanham. After Dalton Tillison hit into a forceout and Hunter Sanford walked, Nelson delivered a two-run single.
It was the first matchup this fall between Dale and Byng.
Dale, 16-4, will play host to New Lima at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in a varsity/junior varsity doubleheader. The Pirates will be idle Friday, then travel to Sterling Saturday.
Note: Report compiled by Fred Fehr.