Dale and Bethel softball squads won their respective pools at the Chisholm Trail Classic held at Firelake Ballfields on Saturday.
FIRELAKE – The Bethel Lady Wildcats won their final two games of the Chisholm Trail Classic at Firelake on Saturday, finishing as the champions of their pool.
The Dale Lady Pirates, despite playing what head coach Andy Powell described as one of their worst games of the year in a loss to Cache, finished 5-1 in the three-day event and claimed the top spot in their pool for the second straight year.
The Lady Wildcats (7-0) needed some late heroics in their first game on Saturday to finish the first week of the season undefeated. Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth, singles by Kelsey Eropkin, Makayla Whitten and Montana Price loaded the bases with one out.
Bry Flanagan laced a single to centerfield, scoring Eropkin and Whitten to end the game. Flanagan finished the game with two hits.
The Lady Warriors (5-1), who came into the day undefeated in the tournament, took the lead with a pair of runs in the second, then reclaimed it with a bloop single in the fifth to score the go-ahead run.
Bethel finished the day and the tournament with a 3-1 win over Choctaw. Eropkin had a double and a triple in the contest, while Price had a solo home run and an RBI single.
Kim Herron got the win in both games, striking out four and allowing two hits and three walks against Choctaw.
The Lady Pirates romped in their first game of the day, a 10-1 win over Piedmont. Dale scored three runs in each of the first two innings and added four more in the third in a game that only had three innings because of the tournament’s 75-minute time limit.
Taylor Powell moved to 4-0 on the year, allowing three hits and no walks. Powell has not allowed a walk in four starts this season.
Offensively, Reagan Holt led the way with 3 hits and 2 doubles, while DaLacey Dockery also had three hits.
The game against Cache was a different story. Both teams scored in the first inning and the Lady Pirates held the lead briefly when starting pitcher Lauren Hood drove in a run with a base hit to give her team a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third.
The Lady Bulldogs tied things up in the top of the fourth with a bloop double in left field. Neither offense could generate any further scoring chances until the eighth inning when Washington scored three runs to take a 5-2 lead.
The Lady Pirates loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning and pushed two runs across and had runners on second and third with two outs before a strikeout ended the contest.
Dale will play at two-time defending 5A state champion Carl Albert on Monday at 5 p.m. Bethel will play at Harrah at the same time Monday.