DALE – The long ball worked well and often for Dale Thursday as they demolished Wellston with scores of 17-0 and 19-1 at Dale to easily take the district title. The Lady Pirates pounded out 10 home runs between the two games for a total of 15 runs.
“Regardless of who we played, we played well,” Dale coach Andy Powell said. “We played with confidence, we've been playing fine, but we haven't swung it like that in a while, where pretty much everybody is hitting on the screws.”
Delanie Manning and Jobey Savage drove in the first two runs of the day with RBI singles in the first and Skyler Thompson reached on a fielder's choice to drive in another. Rylie Premo cleared the bases with a double and the Lady Pirates took a 6-0 lead in the first.
Manning hit a two-run blast to start an 11-run rally in the second and Savage drove in two more with a homer to cap things off.
Manning homered again in the second game, with a two-run shot to get things going in the bottom of the second for a 2-1 lead. Mikayla Rutland sent a three-run homer over the wall for an 11-1 advantage and Manning and Savage each went long for back-to-back-to-back homers.
Thompson, Rutland and Manning hit three straight homers in the bottom of the second to lead 17-1 and Emilia Idleman brought in two runs with a double.
Powell saw some of the best consistency of the season from his girls and was happy that even when they got out, they were usually loud outs on line drives.
“We did that today,” he said. “We've been a little inconsistent lately, but games like this, I think helps.”
Manning went 6-6 and drove in eight runs and Savage was 4-5 to bring home five. Rutland brought in four runs, Premo tripled and doubled to score two and Idleman had a triple and a double and drove in three.
Dale (30-2) will host Tecumseh Monday at 4 p.m. in preparation for regionals next week against an unannounced opponent.