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High school baseball: Defending champion Dale opens state tournament with win

Jace Wilkins struck out eight, works out of jams as Pirates whip Wister, 3-0.
by Jacob Unruh Published: October 4, 2012
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photo - HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Wister's Jon Watts (12) leads off of first base during the Oklahoma State Baseball tournament between Dale High School and Wister High School  at Edmond Santa Fe High School on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in Edmond, Okla.   Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Wister's Jon Watts (12) leads off of first base during the Oklahoma State Baseball tournament between Dale High School and Wister High School at Edmond Santa Fe High School on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in Edmond, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Shortstop Andrew Bolin went 3 for 3 with a double, triple and two RBIs. His triple in the third drove in the go-ahead run. He also had an RBI double in the fourth.

Justin Hendricks pitched five-plus innings for the victory, allowing two runs on five hits.

Bradley Nichols suffered the loss for No. 5 Colbert, allowing four runs in three innings.

Sterling 4, Byng 1

Sterling pitcher Reece Siebold drove in the game's first run with a squeeze bunt to cap a wild at-bat in the fourth inning, but it proved costly as he had to leave the game in the bottom half of the inning with a blister on his finger from the bunt.

Still, the Tigers (27-5) got four solid innings of relief from Trevyn Woolbright to advance to the semifinals against Latta.

Seibold looked to originally be out in the fourth when he grounded out, but a balk negated the pitch. He then thought he struck out later in the plate appearance and walked toward the dugout before delivering the full-count bunt.

Latta 6, Rattan 0

Right-hander Brady Johnson was nearly unhittable, striking out 13 and allowing just two hits in seven innings to knock off No. 2 Rattan.

Rattan's only hits came in the second inning when Cullen Mack doubled to leadoff and Tanner McAdams reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Johnson, though, struck out the next three batters to end the threat.

Sixth-ranked Latta (22-8) scored two runs each in the third, fourth and sixth.

Blake Watts and Cade Clay combined to strike out 13 for Rattan (30-5).

by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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