Dale and Wright City battled to the end, but both teams took advantage of mistakes by their opponent and Dale's were slightly more costly Thursday in a 4-3 loss at the Class A state baseball tournament at Mustang.

Dale and Wright City battled to the end, but both teams took advantage of mistakes by their opponent and Dale's were slightly more costly Thursday in a 4-3 loss at the Class A state baseball tournament at Mustang.

Blake McQuain pitched a great game despite being tagged with the loss. Mc-Quain allowed only eight hits and struck out four.

In the bottom of the seventh with the teams tied 3-3, McQuain gave up a double to the right-center field gap. The ball was juggled by the defender and that allowed the Wright City runner to reach third to lead off the final inning. Another hit to right field fell, but even if it would have been caught the runner would have been able to tag up and score the game-winning run.

It didn't look like a good day for Wright City after Dale got off to a great start.

David Herring saw a lot of pitches and finally took a leadoff walk. Dale wasn't able to get the bunt down and a strikeout left them with one out in the inning.

When Gant Hathcock came

to the plate, a wild pitch sent Herring to second. That was all the help Hathcock needed as he singled to center to drive in Herring.

Hathcock was heading to second when another wild pitch gave him the chance to get all the way to third. A fourth wild pitch brought him in to score and Dale held an early 2-0 lead.

Wright City answered in the bottom of the first. A single gave them a chance, but McQuain got a strikeout and a fly ball to get two outs. What seemed to be a routine fly ball fell in and the runner came around to score an unearned run – three of the four Lumberjax runs were unearned.

After a double and a single to start the bottom of the third, Dale misplayed a grounder that could have turned into a double play. Instead, the runner from first beat the throw to second and a high throw sailed toward the Dale dugout down the first base line. Two runs scored to give Wright City a lead they would hold until the top of the sixth.

Hathcock led off the sixth by getting hit by a pitch. McQuain singled to move Hathcock to second and Cooper Hunt came up big with a double to drive him across the plate to tie the game.

Hathcock reached base on three of his four trips to the plate and scored two of the Pirates' three runs. He also had an RBI.

Jono Johnson, Herring and Bryce Crawford also had hits for Dale, which totaled six hits for the game.