MOORE — After recording nail-biting wins over Moore (8-7) and Tecumseh (17-16), Dale walloped Choctaw 14-6 Friday in the finals of the Big Cat Classic.
The championship game was stopped on the 8-after-5 run rule.
Mikayla Rutland spearheaded Dale’s 17-hit attack against Choctaw with two home runs, two singles and seven runs batted in. Also homering for the Lady Pirates were Jobey Savage and Delanie Manning. Savage also posted a double and single.
Jaylynn Haley and Lacey Savage contributed a double and single apiece while Skylar Thompson managed two singles.
Dale launched the day by defeating Moore on a walk-off base on balls by Kaylee Lawson in the bottom of the eighth inning. Dale was the recipient of eight walks. Manning drove in three runs off a home run and two singles.
The wildest game of the day was Dale versus Tecumseh.
Rutland was the offensive sparkplug with two home runs, a double and seven runs batted in.
Mannning blasted two roundtrippers while Thompson and Savage homered and singled.
Taylor Walker smashed two home runs for Tecumseh, drove in five runs and scored three times.
Jaylen Hazleton notched two doubles and drove in three runs. Taylor Frizzell was 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBI. Ayzia. Shirey also doubled for the Lady Savages.
“We are very excited. This was a big tournament,” Dale head coach Andy Powell said. “The competition was as good as it gets.”
The Lady Pirates, 6-1, will be idle until the Dale/Tecumseh Festival Friday and Saturday.