It was bound to happen sooner or later.

After winning four of the last seven slow pitch state championships, Dale's Andy Powell was inducted into Oklahoma Slow Pitch Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

“I am extremely humbled and honored for being inducted into the hall of fame,” Powell said. “The main thing here is I had a lot of really good players over an extended period of time and that's why I have been able to be in this position.”

Dale is coming off a three-peat in slow pitch. Previous to that the Lady Pirates won the championship in 2012 and finished runner-up in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

“We were so good in 2012, it's hard to believe there would be a better team than that,” Powell said. “Then this year we hit something like 178 home runs. I'm amazed at all the talent that I've been able to coach over the years. Again, this is truly an honor.”

Powell's assistant coach, JD Widner received the OSSCA Class 4A District 2 Assistant Coach of the Year award.

Lady Pirates legend, Mikayla Rutland, was honored as a member of the OSSCA All-State team.