Class 2A state baseball: Dale comes back from seven-run deficit to win title

Dale’s miraculous 8-7 win over Silo on Saturday afternoon in the Class 2A state title game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark was a reminder baseball is the one sport that doesn’t have a clock.
by Michael Baldwin Published: May 17, 2014
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photo - Dale's Hunter Pinkston celebrates a run during the class 2A state baseball championship game between Dale and Silo at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 17, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Dale's Hunter Pinkston celebrates a run during the class 2A state baseball championship game between Dale and Silo at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 17, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Dale’s miraculous 8-7 win over Silo on Saturday afternoon in the Class 2A state title game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark was a reminder baseball is the one sport that doesn’t have a clock.

Down to their last strike, trailing 7-0 in the bottom of the seventh, the next six hitters reached safely to tie the game. The Pirates won it in the ninth on Gage Ross’ RBI single.

“They’ll talk about this game for a long time,” said Dale coach Jerry Sanford. “This is one of those games these kids will remember the rest of their lives.”

The game ended in the eighth inning, when Skyler Martin slammed a one-out triple to deep center, then trotted home on Ross’ hit. But it was the seven-run seventh everyone was buzzing about.

“That was the craziest inning of my entire life,” Ross said. “So much happened I’ll have to go back to the scorebook just to see how everything happened. I can’t imagine a more exciting ending to a game.”

Ross suffered a knee injury on the swing. The ball rocketed over a drawn-in right fielder and rolled to the warning track. Martin already had scored the game-winner. Ross limped down the line and was mobbed by teammates at first base.

“I felt a big pop, but you have to go touch the base. That’s the way I was raised,” Ross said. “I hope it’s not too bad. I’ve got games next week (with the Woodward Travelers.).”

Silo was riding a 29-game winning streak. The Rebels’ only loss was early in the season against Bradenton (Fla.) Christian. Sophomore lefthander Trenton Long dominated, allowing only one hit but ran into control issues in the seventh.

“I’ve got eight seniors who never give up,” Sanford said. “Most of them have started since they were sophomores, a few as freshmen. They just kept battling.”

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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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