MCLOUD – After a shaky start, No. 1 in Class 2A Dale came alive at the plate in the fifth inning Saturday to down Harrah 6-3 and win the McLoud Redskin Invitational. The Lady Panthers (15-4) are second in District 4A-4.
“The reason we're winners is because, I've seen it over and over and over again. You get off to a bad start like that and people fold. We didnt. We're experienced and responded,” coach Andy Powell said.
Tied at three after the first, the Lady Pirates couldn't get the boost they needed to take the lead until the bottom of the fifth.
With runners on first and second, Lauren Hood dropped a bunt to load the bases and Mikayla Rutland singled to take Dale's first lead of the game. Jobey Savage hit a sacrifice to left field that just narrowly allowed Dani Manning to score a run and Hood scored on a dropped throw home from a single by Lacey Savage to double up at 6-3.
Rutland singled to drive in two runs in the bottom of the first and Jobey Savage brought in a runner on a fielder's choice.
“Defensively and pitching we played well, but I was disappointed today at the plate, because we didn't make any adjustments to their pitcher,” Powell said. “You've got to give them credit. Their pitcher did a good job and they're a great team, but we didn't make any adjustments to help ourselves out.”
Delanie Manning and the Lady Pirates deposited the next six Harrah batters in order for the win.
The Lady Pirates (20-3) will host Okemah Tuesday at 4:30.
McLoud takes down Okemah
With a 2-2 record in their home tournament following a pair of losses Thursday, the Lady Redskins were set up to play Okemah for their final game of the Invitational. McLoud bounced back for one more win in a 4-2 victory over Okemah.
Destiny Burge drove in three of the Lady Redskins' four runs, but errors to get runners on base helped her out. All four runners who scored reached on errors.
Amber Kribbs and Jessie Wooten would have been the last two outs of the first, but both made it to base on errors to set up singles by Gabby Sears and Burge to score the two girls.
Burge hit into a fielder's choice RBI in the third to score Wooten once more and brought home Sears on a single in the fifth.
Sears gave up four hits and walked seven from the circle.
Other games at Saturday's tournament saw Meeker come out on top of Luther 8-1 and Seminole falling to Ada 4-1.