DALE – Delanie Manning had two two-run home runs and gave up two hits from the circle to lead Dale to a 9-0 win over Bethel Thursday at Dale. The Lady Wildcats and ace pitcher Jordyn Zachary are the only team to have beaten 27-1 Dale so far this season, with a 1-0 victory last week at the McLoud Tournament.
“We had a lot better discipline at the plate,” Dale coach Andy Powell said. “The last time we faced her we were swinging at everything under the sun.”
Manning got the Lady Pirates on the board with her first blast of the game in the bottom of the first and followed up with another in the bottom of the fourth. She also reached on an error in the second to allow Jobey Savage to score in the midst of a five-run rally.
Mikayla Rutland started the second inning rally with a two-run triple and Savage followed up with a triple of her own to bring Rutland home. Montana Lam singled to score the final run of the inning.
Nine members of the Lady Pirates accrued hits and Dale finished with ten hits. Powell was happy with how his girls played.
“We played well. We were prepared, we were looking forward to it, we were fired up and we played every aspect of the game about as good as we can,” he said.
Rian Gamble and Jordyn Zachary each earned hits for Bethel.
Zachary struck out three and walked two for the loss in the circle.
Bethel coach Chad Smith was happy with how his girls played in what was their fourth game in a row, they just weren't destined to win Thursday.
“I don't feel like our game changed that much,” he said. “I felt like last week we were the better team, this week they were the better team.”
The Lady Wildcats will put this game behind them to rest as they prepare for a big game Monday against Newcastle for the district title.
“I'm good with this. My kids played hard the whole game,” Smith said. “They never give up, they never give in, so I feel good about where we're sitting getting ready for playoffs.”
The Lady Wildcats and Newcastle will square off at 5:00 p.m. Monday at Bethel. Dale hosts Cordell at 4 p.m. Tuesday in their district title game.