DALE – The Dale Lady Pirates opened up their season with a 9-1 over the Jones Lady Longhorns Tuesday evening.
“We started off the season with a win against a pretty decent team,” coach Andy Powell said. “It's always nice to get a win heading into the tournament Thursday.”
Jones jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but the Lady Pirates responded with a two-run bottom half of the first inning.
London Calvillo led off with a triple, Emmy Idelman was hit by a pitch and a few batters later Montana Lam hit a single, scoring Calvillo and Idelman giving the Lady Pirates a 2-1 lead.
Dale continued its momentum in the bottom half of the second inning when Sara Lock led off with a single. The next batter, Riley Primo, moved Lock to second on the sacrifice. Calvillo drew a walk, and later in the inning Mikayla Rutland knocked in two runners on a single, giving Dale a 4-1 lead.
“We came through with some timely hits,” Powell said. “Any time you can string together some hits you have a good chance at winning the ball game. It took a while but I'm happy with the win.”
In the fifth inning, Calvillo came up to bat with the bases loaded and hit a grounder up the middle, scoring Lam, giving Dale a 5-1 lead.
Idelman continued the rally with a single up the middle scoring Jaylnn Haley and Riley Primo, extending Dale's lead to 7-1.
In the bottom of the sixth inning with the bases loaded, Lacy Savage hit a two-run single to end the game after six innings.
Delanie Manning picked up the win for the Lady Pirates, pitching six innings, striking out five and walking one.
Lam led the Lady Pirates at the plate with two hits with an RBI. Calvillo managed two hits and an RBI, Rutland had one hit with two RBI and Idelman also chipped in one hit with two RBI.
Dale's next game will be Thursday at the FireLake tournament. They will face Perry at 4 p.m. and Plainview at 7 p.m.