SHAWNEE – No. 1 in Class 4A Dale was firing on all cylinders Monday for decisive wins over 5A-No. 7 Sulphur and No. 20 in Class 5A Bethel at the Ballfields at FireLake. The Lady Pirates took down Bethel 18-0 to start the three-way and capped off with an 18-6 win over Sulphur.
“That was impressive today,” Dale coach Andy Powell said of his team's performance.
Dani Manning went 3-for-3 against Bethel with five RBIs and her first home run of the day. Delanie Manning was 2-3 with a home run and drove in four runs, Lacey Hood went 1-1 with an RBI and Jobey Savage was 2-2 and drove in one run.
Rian Gamble and Karli Lamb earned Bethel's only two hits of the game.
Dani Manning earned her second homer of the night against Sulphur with a two-run bomb in the second that dinged off of a light pole outside left field. Rylie Premo singled for the walk-off in the third.
After giving up two runs in the top of the first, the girls rallied for 13 runs in the bottom of the inning. Delanie Manning and Mikayla Rutland each had two-run homers and Rutland went 2-2 to drive in four runs.
owell said that ever since she hit a home run last week against Davis, something has been awakened in Rutland.
“She hit her first one of the year Thursday against Davis and it's like the light came on,” he said.
Lacey Hood was 3-3 with a double and a two-run homer and sister Lauren Was 2-2. Dani Manning was intentionally walked twice and scored three runs.
The Lady Pirates will host Stonewall today at 5 and Mounds and Kiefer for districts on Wednesday beginning at noon. The district contest was originally supposed to take place Thursday but was moved up due to the possibility of inclimate weather.
With a record of 29-3, Powell is happy to be playing so well leading into the postseason.
“It's a good time of year to be playing good with playoffs coming up,” he said.
Bethel vs Sulphur
The Lady Wildcats took on Sulphur in the second game of the three-way, but gave up too many runs later in the game to stay competitive.
Gamble singled to lead off the bottom of the first and was brought home on a sacrifice by Hope Roberson in the 5-hole to tie at one. Gamble reached again on a fielder's choice in the fifth and was brought in on a single by Mya Green to cut into Sulphur's lead, 6-2.
The Lady Wildcats (10-16) will be at Blanchard today and will face Chandler and Meeker at districts this weekend.