DALE – Delanie Manning was two walks shy of a perfect game but instead had to settle for a five inning no-hitter Tuesday as Dale shut out Maud 8-0 at home.
Manning struck out four batters in the contest and Jaycee Gamble reached on a fielder's choice. Jada Wright and Aubrey Tuttle were each given a free base.
Gamble gave the Lady Pirates some problems in the circle, but a six spot in the fourth inning flipped things Dale's way. The Lady Tigers played deep at the start and coach Andy Powell's Pirates took advantage of that.
“It backfired on them late, we got some duck snorts because they were playing so deep,” he said. “Kinda give and take there.”
Skyler Thompson singled to bring in Jobey Savage and break the tie and London Calvillo brought home Rylie Premo to follow up. Savage hit a two-run single, Mikayla Rutland reached on a bunt to score Calvillo and Montana Lam grounded out, allowing Savage to score.
Kaylee Lawson drove in Sydney Griggs for the walk-off run-rule.
Dale's hitting is not where Powell would like it to be, but won't be concerned about it until playoffs inch closer. After losing three of his big seniors last year in Dani Manning and twins Lauren and Lacey Hood, that is to be expected.
“We're off to a slow start this year offensively, I think we're pressing a little bit because we've relied on those others so much,” he said. “We've got the material and we've got the potential.”
Rutland went 2-for-2 to lead the Lady Pirates with a bunt and a double and was hit by a pitch to lead off the sixth. Savage was 2-3 and Lock was 1-1 with a walk and was hit by a pitch in the fifth.
Gamble struck out two for Maud and was replaced by Wright in the bottom of the sixth. Premo took over for Manning to begin the sixth and walked one.
Although his girls shut out Maud, Powell knows that the girls aren't sleepers and have a chance to win the Class B state title this fall. Particularly with Gamble on the rubber who has a similar pitching style to Powell's daughter Taylor who led the Lady Pirates to a runner-up title in 2015.
“I don't care if she doesn't throw it hard or not, she is a good pitcher... She doesn't throw it hard, but she commands both sides of the plate and then they've got two or three other really good players over there,” he said.
Dale will travel to Durant on Thursday while Maud heads to Bowlegs.