SHAWNEE – Dale gave Wister their first run-rule loss of the season with a 15-4 drumming at Shawnee's Ed Skelton field Friday to advance to the Class 2A state title game Saturday at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. The Pirates catapulted ahead in the top of the third with a six run rally and brought an end to the game after six innings despite late efforts by Wister to keep things going.
Getting ahold of the ball at the plate wasn't a problem for Dale, who finished the game with 16 hits.
“I'm very happy,” Dale coach Jerry Sanford said. “Get to go to the finals on my retirement year.”
Scout Capps drove in five runs with a two run single in the top of the first and a three run blast to start the third inning rally. The Wildcats didn't give him anything to handle after that and was hit by pitches in his next three at-bats.
“He got ahold of one,” Sanford said. “He can hit them. When he hits one, he can send it a little ways.”
Jonathon Johnson doubled to right to drive in two runs and Cooper Hunt traded places with him to go ahead 8-1 after the top of the third. Gant Hathcock was the first to get Dale on the board in the top of the first with a single to center and was 4-5 with a pair of RBIs.
Bryce Crawford singled to drive in two runs in the fifth and Hathcock followed with an RBI single for his third hit of the game. Hunt took a walk to start the sixth and later scored on a wild pitch and Blake McQuain singled with bases loaded to bring home David Herring.
Caleb Spears drove in a run for Wister with a single in the bottom of the first and a sacrifice in the third and Kadin Repass doubled in the fifth to plate two runs and momentarily sidestep the run-rule.
Capps, McQuain, Crawford and Johnson had two hits each and Herring, Hunt and Johnson each doubled.
Repass was the only member of the Wildcats with multiple hits and he and Kendon Thornburg each doubled. Wister combined for six hits.
Crawford got the start on the bump for the Pirates and earned the win in 2 1/3 innings of work. He struck out one, walked two and gave up one earned run on two hits. Carson Hunt replaced him with one out on the third and gave up two runs on four hits and struck out three.
The Pirates went through three Wister hurlers with the loss going to starter Trey Krebbs. He gave up six runs on seven hits before being replaced by Austin Brooks in the third. Brooks allowed two runs on three hits and didn't record an out before Matthew Holzhammer came in to finish things up. Holzhammer allowed six runs on seven hits and walked three.
Sanford is not worried about the pitching still available for the championship game. McQuain, Crawford and Carson Hunt were exhausted over the first two days, but everyone else should still be available, including Drew Reed who threw 49 pitches in the the Pirates' first game.
Dale will meet with the winner of Silo Saturday at noon for the Class 2A state title game at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. Silo beat Ketchum, 15-4.
“We keep playing like that we'll be alright,” Sanford said.