OKLAHOMA CITY – Dale was in danger of an upset from the start of Thursday's Class 2A State Tournament quarterfinal game against Hobart Thursday, but managed to squeeze out a 4-3 win in the eighth inning to move onto the semifinals today.

“It was one of them perfect recipes for an upset,” coach Andy powell said.

Lauren Hood doubled for the second time of the game to lead off in the bottom of the eighth and get the winning run into scoring position. Montanna Lam laid down a well executed bunt. A hit to short by Lacy Savage scored Hood on a bad throw to first for the walk-off win.

Lauren Hood's first double came back in the sixth to bring in Jalynn Haley and make it a 3-2 game. Savage reached base on an error in the seventh and was brought home on a single from Lacey Hood to tie up 3-3 and force extra innings.

The girls were fortunate enough to find some options late and use them to their advantage.

“We kinda put some pressure on them with some tough plays there at the end,” Powell

The Lady Bearcats got off to a fast start against Dale but never found much success after scoring three runs on two hits in the first inning.

“We were kinda behind the eight ball right from the get go, so it was a struggle,” Powell said.

Dale also had trouble getting anything going and remained scoreless until the fourth, when Dani Manning led off with a homer to straightaway center.

The Lady Pirates' fielding was strong, but seniors on the basepaths made some mistakes and eight runners were left stranded to keep Dale from overtaking the lead sooner.

“That's a recipe for upsets. You get people on and your better players make baserunning errors. Those were two seniors that made those baserunning errors... I bet they hadn't made one all year,” Powell said.

Lauren Hood led the team, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and Lam was the only other batter to get multiple hits with two singles. Dani Manning was 1-3 and intentionally walked to load bases with two outs in the sixth and Savage reached twice on errors.

We're gonna have to hit the ball a little bit better than that going forward,” Powell said.

Delanie Manning gave up two hits and one run in the first inning in the circle but found a groove upon her return. She allowed three more hits through the remainder of the game and struck out ten to earn the win.

Although they struggled, Powell was proud that his girls didn't give up the ghost and were able to get the win.

“I'm proud of our girls for hanging in there and not quitting,” he said.

The Lady Pirates play Oktaha today at 11. Oktaha bested Savannah 3-2 to advance.