SHAWNEE — Evan Anderson's out pitch Saturday was almost every pitch.
The junior hurler pitched Dale to its 18th state baseball championship by tossing a two-hitter against Silo as the Pirates clobbered the Rebels, 11-0, to win the Class 2A title at Ed Skelton Field.
The hardest hit against Anderson on Saturday was the wad of shaving cream smashed in his face by teammates after the game.
Anderson made Silo hitters look feeble with a mix of fastballs, curves and change-ups. The Rebels could only muster two singles against Anderson and didn't have a runner reach third base in the game.
“I had everything working,” said Anderson, who already has committed to pitch for Ole Miss in college. “I could throw anything over the plate I wanted to. Fastball, change-up, curveball, all of them were working pretty well. I felt like I could get an out with all of them.”
Behind him, Anderson was aided by excellent defense from shortstop Landon Coon, who also reached base four times and scored three runs in the game.
“As long as I can get it on the ground to shortstop, I know we will have an out,” Anderson said.
The Pirates won both the fall and baseball state championships this season. It was Dale's first spring crown since 2007.
“It's kind of special to win here since we lost to Wister last spring,” said Dale right fielder Jace Wilkins, who had three hits and also scored three runs in the game.
Wilkins finished the Class 2A state tournament with six straight hits. Wilkins and Coon, one of only four seniors on the Dale roster, led Dale's 10-hit attack as the Pirates finished off Silo (24-12) in six innings.
The Pirates (26-6) scored single runs in the first and second innings then broke the game open with a four-run fifth and a five-run sixth.
Anderson, who also was on the mound for Dale's fall championship, appeared in all three state tournament games for the Pirates.
“He threw three days in a row,” said Coon, who will play for Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton next season.
“It's extremely hard on your arm. You got to be a real man, a real player to step up and do that.”
Anderson recorded the final four outs of the game on strikeouts. The southpaw fanned a total of seven in the game and didn't walk a batter.