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Class 2A state baseball: Dale reaches title game, ace Evan Anderson will get the start

Gunning for their 11th spring state baseball title, the Pirates advanced to the finals behind Jace Wilkins, who tossed a 1-hitter through six innings of an 8-2 win over Colbert on Friday afternoon.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: May 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm •  Published: May 10, 2013

The Leopards (27-7) closed to within 6-2 in the sixth when Wilkins got wild, both runs scoring even though Colbert never put the ball in play. Wilkins walked four and hit a batter, but Sanford stayed with the junior right-hander.

“I wasn't too worried,” Sanford said. “He wasn't too far off. He was around the plate. I felt we had the momentum. We just needed someone to hit the ball and let us make a play.”

As they have four previous times during his career, the Pirates (29-4) will hand the ball to Anderson with a state title on the line.

“We've got our No. 1. He's ready to go,” Sanford said. “Things are lined up. Now all we've got to do is go do it.”

Silo 13, Caney Valley 1

The Rebels sent 11 hitters to the plate in a six-run second to coast to a 13-1, five-inning, run-rule win over Caney Valley.

Silo (31-5) rapped out 13 hits. Third baseman Leonard Sandler was 2-for-2 with three RBIs, a two-run triple in the first and an RBI single in a five-run third.

Rebels designated hitter K.C. Walls supplied a two-run single in the second. Jarris Hamilton was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Catcher Andrew Bolin had two hits and scored three runs.

Silo freshman left-hander Trenton Long picked up the win. Long came on in the second inning to work out of a jam that preserved a 2-1 lead. Improving to 3-1, Long pitched the final 3/13 innings.