DALE – Freshman Ike Shirey saved No. 3 Dale from having to go into extra innings Monday in a 2-1 win over unranked Okarche. Shirey sent a double out to right center to bring in Gant Hathcock and secure a walk-off win. Hathcock reached base after being hit by a pitch and made his way to third on a pick-off error.
“Little freshman came through in the clutch,” coach Jerry Sanford said.
Shirey replaced Blake McQuain after the second inning. He finished the game 2-2 and took a walk in his first attempt.
Scout Capps drove in Cooper Hunt in the third for the Pirates' other run.
The Pirates weren't without their opportunities to gain the advantage earlier in the game. Runners were left stranded at third on four occasions and had seven total runners stranded in scoring position. Capps nearly scored on a wild pitch in the fifth but was tagged out at the plate.
Capps got the start on the mound and gave up a run in the top of the first. After walking Carson Jacobs in the two-hole, a wild pitch advanced him to second and balk moved him to third to give Dalton Schwartz the opportunity to bring him home. Capps gave up two hits, walked three and beaned three. Jonathan Johnson replaced Capps in the fourth. He struck out four and allowed three hits.
Wyatt Keittenbrink pitched the complete game for Okarche and gave up nine hits and walked four.
Bryce Crawford went 2-3 with a double for the Pirates and Drew Reed also doubled. David Herring took two courtesy bases and McQuain singled in his one at-bat.
The game followed a string of good games last week with wins over No. 2 Oktaha, No. 18 Byng and No. 8 Latta.
“It's just one of those Mondays after a tough week last week, I guess,” Sanford said.
Dale (15-3) will host Oktaha today at 4:30.