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High school softball: Michal Hylton fans 16 as Wayne ousts Dale

Wayne upset Dale, 5-4, Thursday in the opening round of the Class 2A fastpitch softball tournament at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
by Ed Godfrey Published: October 4, 2012
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In the fifth inning, Dale scored three times when Hylton walked two batters and hit another. A dropped fly ball with two outs allowed three unearned runs to cross home plate.

Wayne led only 4-3 after five innings even though Dale did not have a hit in the game.

In the sixth, Eden Powell's RBI single scored Bailey Boles with what proved to be the game-winning run for No. 9 Wayne (29-8).

The Lady Pirates cut the deficit to 5-4 in the bottom of the frame when Sam Barry, who reached on a walk, scored on Taylor Anderson's RBI double, the first hit of the game for Dale.

That set the stage for the pressure-packed ninth inning when Dale loaded the bases with no one out on a hit batsman, an attempted sacrifice bunt that became an infield hit, and another sacrifice bunt that was scored a fielder's choice when the runner was safe at third.

Dale was poised to steal the win from Wayne, but Hylton didn't let it happen.

“Everything in my mind was, this was my game,” Hylton said. “I have wanted to be here since I was a little girl.

“I thought to myself, this is your time, make these outs. I got them when they counted.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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