DALE—On paper, the matchup between the Class 2A second-ranked Dale Pirates and the third-ranked Class 3A Jones Longhorns looked like a late-season beauty. The Oklahoma wind and Longhorns blew that theory away as the Longhorns handed Dale a 13-4, five-nning, loss.
Jones opened the game with a three-run start and scored in every inning with the exception of the fourth.. The Longhorns roughed up Dale starter Cooper Hunt, scoring the three runs on three hits, including two doubles in the inning.
Dale answered with two runs in the bottom half of the frame as David Herring led off with a walk and Bryce Crawford reached on an E-6. Grant Hathcock then delivered a two-run double to center field, cutting the deficit to 3-2.
Jones added a run in the second to go up 4-2, then scored twice in the third to increase the advantage to 6-2.
That's when it got ugly. Jones erupted for five runs in the top of the fourth on just three hits. The Pirates struggled with two errors in the inning, which led to the big Longhorn frame. Jones led 11-2 going into the bottom of the fourth.
A solo home run by Dale's Carson Hunt cut the lead to 11-3 and sent the game into the fifth inning. Jones scored their scoring on a two run homer by Dylan Weiher.
The Pirates had a final chance in the bottom of the fifth to extend the game but fell short. Herring hit a one-out single to left and moved to second on a passed ball. Bryce Crawford then drove him home with an RBI single to center, but a Hathcock groundout and a Blake McQuain fly to center ended it for Dale.
The Pirates were held to just four hits by Jones right-hander Weiher. Dale used three pitchers in the loss.
Jones improves to 16-3 on the year, while Dale drops to 16-6 on the season and will travel to face Oktaha on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 pm.