OKLAHOMA CITY – The Dale fast pitch team almost found themselves in unfamiliar territory Thursday in a narrow 4-2 win over Howe in their quarterfinal game of the Class 2A state tournament. The girls trailed for the entirety of the game until going on a three run rally in the bottom of the sixth for the win.
“Up here a win's a win. It's kind of like March Madness, you're not going to cuss any wins but we're going to need to play a little bit better,” coach Andy Powell said.
Emmie Idleman hit a single into right field to score Rylie Premo and spark the offensive rally. Sara Lock singled to right to drive in Idleman and Mikayla Rutland reached on an error to bring around London Calvillo. Lacey Savage was courtesy running for Lock but was tagged out at home on a double steal.
Idleman had several big plays on defense as well, including an L6-3 double-play to get out of the frame after committing an error on the play prior.
“She played well defensively. She made a bunch of athletic plays. She came to play today,” Powell said.
Jalynn Haley almost tied the game in the bottom of the fifth but was stranded at third. Running in place of Delanie Manning, Haley made her way to second on a steal and made a gutsy steal to third on a walk to Montanna Lam.
Sydnie Womack hit a two run grounder that made its way into center field to score both of Howe's runs in the top of the first.
Sydney Griggs cut the lead in half with a single to left to bring home Jobey Savage in the fourth.
The Dale girls had eight hits and Jobey Savage had a double. Lam was walked twice and Idleman, Manning and Calvillo were each giving one courtesy base. The hitting got started just when the girls needed it to and the girls showed the experience that they have from being a constant threat at the tournament for several years.
“The good news is, we stayed the course. We didn't panic and got a few hits when it counted there,”
Manning earned the win from the circle with four hints and one earned run. She struck out nine and walked one. Makalegh Lewson was handed the loss with five walked and two earned runs on eight hits. Her game got stronger as the game went on and she threw her hardest stuff in the seventh.
“She got off to a bad start there... after that she was Delanie how we've seen her,” he said. “She was rock solid and you weren't going to string a whole lot of hits against her.”
Dale will play Drumright today at 2:00 p.m. in their semifinal game.