OKLAHOMA CITY – Rylie Premo came up with the game-changing hit and the Dale Lady Pirates beat Drumright 6-5 in their semifinal game at the Class 2A state fast pitch tournament at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium Friday to advance to Saturday's championship game.
With the bases loaded, two outs and trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth, Premo squared up a hit to send a shot to deep center for a three-run double and take a 4-3 lead. Sydney Griggs followed up with a single to left to bring in Premo.
“That was a big one wasn't it? Up until then... me and [assistant coach JD Widner] commented about how good of at-bats [Premo] was having during her first two and man she got on time,” coach Andy Powell said. “I told her to be on time she was. It was a good seat, because it was looking bleak until then and that obviously got us ahead but shifted the momentum and I'm proud of her.”
Lacey Savage reached on an error in the sixth and was brought home on a single from her sister Jobey Savage for the game-winning run.
Delanie Manning walked a batter, gave up a double and beaned another to give Drumright extra life to start the seventh. A force out at home and a popout to third put the Lady Pirates in good position to get out of the inning unscathed, but an error at second scored two more runs. Dale held them off and never had to bat in the seventh.
The tide of the game changed several times, but that's the way it goes at this point of the year, Powell said.
“You can't figure softball, especially up here,” he said. “Crazy things happen. People have got to make plays and people come up with big hits.”
Dale committed four errors and Drumright had one earned run. The Tornadoes got on board in the fourth when a wide throw to first on a routine grounder scored a runner from first to tie it up at 1-1, then hit an RBI double to center to take the lead.
A Drumright runner reached on another wide throw to first in the fifth and was brought home on a single to lead Dale 3-1.
London Calvillo, Mikayla Rutland, Jobey Savage, Manning and Premo each had a hit.
Manning earned the win from the circle with eight strikeouts. She gave up seven hits and walked five.
“Delanie stayed the course,” Powell said. “She was good. She didn't have the velocity that she had yesterday but I don't think anyone is in the three days, they won't tomorrow either. She pitched her butt off, made quality pitches under pressure. She's mentally tough,”
Dale will play Silo Saturday night at 6:30 in the championship game. Silo beat Savanna 6-2 in the semifinals.