DALE – Despite committing four errors, the Class A No. 5 Dale Pirates battled back and beat Byng 6-5, Monday night.
“We didn't play defense, didn't pitch that great and didn't hit it. If you don't do one of those three things you usually don't win,” coach Jerry Sanford said. “It's not a knock on Byng, we just didn't play well today.”
Dale managed three runs in the bottom half of the second inning. The inning started with a Scout Capps single, Drew Reed was able to reach on an error and Capps advanced to second. Next up was Bryce Crawford who hit a double, scoring Capps, giving Dale a 2-0 lead. Jono Johnson gave the Pirates a 3-0 lead on a sacrifice fly.
Byng was able to get on the board in the fourth and four runs in the sixth, taking a momentary lead 6-5.
Dale would regain the lead in the sixth, when Gant Hathcock hit a double scoring Cooper and Carson Hunt.
David Herring got the win for Dale, going 1 2/3 innings, striking out two and walking two. Crawford got the start pitching 4 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking four. Carson Hunt picked up the save pitching one inning.
Hathcock went 3-4 at the plate, two of which were doubles, driving in a run and scored a run. David Herring, Capps, Reed, Crawford and Johnson each recorded a hit apiece.
Dale (8-3) will travel to Ripley on Tuesday. The game is scheduled for a 4:30 start.