DALE – A decade of dominance.
For the 10th straight year, Andy Powell and the Dale Lady Pirates are in the slow pitch state tournament.
Dale (30-4) dispatched of Boone-Apache 18-4 in four innings and No. 8 Oktaha 22-4 in four innings.
“I think we played some of our best softball of the season,” Coach Andy Powell said. “Delanie was pitching well and our offense hit the ball all over the field. The girls executed everything we worked on in practice.”
In the first game of the day, Skyler Thompson led the club with one home run and six runs batted in. She went 3 for 3 on the game and recorded one double.
As a team, Dale clubbed 15 hits in the first game.
The top-ranked Lady Pirates cruised in the semifinals. Dale scored four in the first inning, three in the second, six in the third and nine in the fourth.
With the wind not doing them any favors, Delanie Manning and Lock hit one home run each. In her last at-bat at home, Lock hit a grand slam.
Thompson added six more RBIs in the state qualifier.
Lacey Savage registered two doubles against Oktaha.
The Lady Pirates have appeared in seven straight championship games with a chance to with their fourth in a row.
The 4A Slow Pitch State Tournament will be held at FireLake May 1.