The Dale Pirates forced a third and final game with Christian Heritage as they defeated the Crusaders and Tonkawa by large margins Saturday.
The Dale Pirates lived to fight another day after handily winning a pair of games at their 2A baseball regional at Christian Heritage Academy on Saturday.
The Pirates downed Tonkawa 16-5 in six innings in their first contest, then downed the host Crusaders 15-5 in their second contest.
Dale and CHA will play a final and decisive game on Monday at 4 p.m., or at noon on Tuesday depending on the weather.
The Pirates (26-8) scored five in the top of the first against the Buccaneers. Tonkawa countered with four in the bottom of the inning, but Dale scored four in the fifth to take control and six in the sixth to put the game away and invoke the run rule.
Logan Carter got the win on the mound after pitching the first two innings. Josh Rutland pitched the final four innings in relief.
Chase Byndas was a home run away from the cycle, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple. Hunter Pinkston added two home runs, a two-run shot in the first and another two-run blast in the sixth.
Gage Ross added a solo home run in the sixth, while Xavier Lanham and Hunter Sanford both finished with tow hits.
In their second shot at the Crusaders it was the Pirates who took the early lead, getting three in the first and five more in the third to build an 8-1 lead.
Lane Cox got the win on the mound with six innings of work. Pinkston blasted a three-run home run in the first, his third of the day.
Byndas had another 4-for-5 game with a double, while Hunter Nelson and Ross each had two hits. Lane Cox was 3-for-4 with a double.
The Pirates scored three more runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth, pounding out 32 hits in the two games to keep their season alive.