SHAWNEE – Rylie Premo gave up two hits and pitched a shutout in the junior's best game of her short varsity pitching career Friday to take down Pauls Valley 4-0 at the Chisholm Trail Classic and keep the Lady Pirates undefeated on the season. Coach Andy Powell said he was shuffling time with Premo and freshman Danyn Lang to see who would be getting the most time behind ace Delanie Manning, and Premo stepped up to the challenge.
“She stepped up and answerd the bells wanting to be our number two,” Powell said.
The junior pitched a perfect game through three innings but hit the Panthers' Skye Johnson in the bottom of the fourth to give up her first base of the game. She allowed a single to lead off the fifth and a two out single in the sixth but never let Pauls Valley string anything together.
The team had a strong showing at the plate, but found several hard hits going right at fielders.
“I thought we swung the bats good the whole game... It was 4-0 but it felt like it could have been 8 or 9 if something falls there,” Powell said.
Leadoff hitter Mikayla Rutland lined out hard in her first two attempts but came due for a single on her third attempt.
Manning earned her second home run of the day in the 3-spot with a two-run blast in the first to give the Lady Pirates a 2-0 lead but went hitless the rest of the way.
Jobey Savage added to the lead with an RBI double that brought around Montana Lam in the fourth and she was brought in on a single from Sara Lock.
Manning gave up an unearned run in the Lady Pirates 11-1 win over the Piedmont JV team in their first game of the day, striking out four and walking two.
Piedmont's one run came in the top of the first but Dale answered back in the bottom half. Manning hit a double with two outs and Lam and Premo were both given courtesy bases to set up Savage for a two-run single.
The Lady Pirates rallied with nine runs in the fourth helped on a three-run blast from Manning and RBI double by Savage. Premo and Rutland also hit doubles in the contest.
Powell was happy with what he got out of his girls Friday as opposed to Thursday.
“It was a little disappointing after the first game yesterday, but I was really pleased, especially with how we played that game, because Pauls Valley is a good team,” he said.
Dale (5-0) will complete their tournament run today when they play Elk City at 11:30.