EDMOND — Dale couldn't help but feel fortunate Friday night.
After escaping multiple jams and committing three errors, the top-ranked Pirates still found a way to beat No. 8 Silo 3-2 in the Class A state baseball semifinals at Edmond Memorial.
And to top it off, Xavier Lanham scored the game's winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth.
“That's just how baseball is,” Dale coach Jerry Sanford said. “You've got to sometimes be lucky, and that's what we were today. But sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. Hopefully, we'll build on this and have a little better day tomorrow and see what happens.”
Dale plays the winner of Sterling and Latta at noon Saturday in Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in hopes of winning its second straight fall championship and ninth overall.
But getting back to the championship game has not been easy this state tournament.
Clinging to a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning with two runners on, Sanford turned to ace pitcher and Ole Miss commit Evan Anderson to work out of the jam.
Anderson, though, hit Casey Love to load the bases before Lucas Long lofted a fly ball to right field that tied the game when Jace Wilkins dropped the ball.
But Lanham opened the bottom half of the inning with a single, advanced on a sacrifice bunt and eventually scored on a wild pitch, which would have originally loaded the bases.
“Last time, I kind of hesitated a few times and this time I saw it down and went ahead for it,” Lanham said.
Silo got the winning run to second in the seventh before Anderson struck out Leonard Sandler to end the game.
“I just got up there and threw it,” Anderson said. “I just tried to take as much pressure out of it as I could; just get up there and throw strikes. No big deal.”
Sanford said Anderson will start the championship game, and he hopes the offense makes an appearance after tallying just nine hits in two games.
“We've pitched it really well,” Sanford said. “That's one of our strong points is our pitching staff. Now we just got to start swinging a little bit and scoring some runs when they're out there.”