DALE – It took a little more than three hours for Dale to deposit Konawa with a 15-8 win Thursday in the semifinals of the first day of Regional play at home.
Konawa trailed 7-0 after three innings before putting up an eight run rally in the bottom of the fourth to take over 8-7.
All eight runs were given up by Jake Bigham after relieving Logan Carter to start the second half of the fourth. The Tigers scored two of those runs on two-run singles and five of those with two outs on the board.
A bases loaded single from Blake McQuain brought home Gant Hathcock to tie up in the fifth and Maddux Betterton cranked out a two-run single to retake the lead 10-8.
In the top of the sixth, McQuain nearly had a grand slam as the ball hit the top of the right field fence, forcing him to settle for a two-run double instead.
Carter was 3-for-5 with four RBIs and a double to lead the team at the plate. McQuain and Betterton each batted in three on two hits.
Carter struck out six with no hits and no walks in three innings before being replaced on the mound to keep his pitch count low enough to return Friday if need be. McQuain relieved Bigham from the fourth through seventh, striking out three and allowing five hits.
The Pirates defeated Crescent 3-0 in their first game of the day with two of those being scored on passed balls. Hunter Sanford and Dylan Lang each crossed on bad pitches in the first with McQuain at bat. McQuain reached base with a two out error, making his way to second. A single from Bigham brought him around for the only RBI of the game.
Hathcock, Sanford and Bigham each had one hit in the contest. Tanner Herring pitched the entire game and gave up one hit.
The Pirates will play in the Regional final today at 6.