LATTA — Dale closed out a successful 3-0 Friday at the Tushka Tournament with a 1-0 decision over Howe Friday.
Delanie Manning permitted just two hits, fanned five and didn’t give up a base on balls.
The Lady Pirates scored the only run in the fourth. Manning doubled into the gap, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Addie Bell.
“They are a good team,” Dale coach Andy Powell said. “We beat them 4-2 in the first round of the fall state tournament.”
In its first test Friday, Dale riddled outmanned Savanna 13-0 in a three-inning run-rule contest.
Savanna didn’t get a hit off Bell, who fanned four and didn’t issue a walk.
Offensively, Dale combined six hits with seven walks, two hit batsmen and seven Savanna errors.
Manning tripled twice and scored twice.
Dale batted just twice, tallying three runs in the first and 10 runs in the second.
The Lady Pirates then blitzed Latta 10-0 in four innings as Manning didn’t surrender a hit. She didn’t give up a walk and fanned six.
Dale racked up 11 hits, all singles. Collecting two hits were Manning, Bell, Danyn Lang and Rylie Prem.
Dale, 11-5, will challenge Broken Bow at 2 p.m. today in further tournament action. The winner of that game would need just one more victory to earn the championship.
Dale is the defending champion.
Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.