Oklahoma Class 2A softball: Dale's Addie Bell led the Pirates to a run-rule victory
Addie Bell had one more job to do.
With the bases loaded and two outs, the junior from Dale needed a big hit to keep the third inning rally going in the first round of the state tournament.
That’s exactly what she did.
Bell reared back and hammered a ball to left-center field, which landed just out of the left fielder’s reach. As the Oktaha outfielder bobbled the ball, Dale coach Andy Powell seized the opportunity by waving all three runners home.
Bell's three-RBI double cemented the Pirates' eight-run rally in the third inning, giving them a commanding lead.
The big inning catapulted Dale to a 15-5 run-rule over Oktaha in five innings on Field 4 of the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium.
Bell not only pitched the full game, she also sealed the win with an RBI single in the fifth inning to complete the run-rule.
She finished the game 4-4 from the plate while allowing just five hits as a pitcher on Thursday afternoon. Bell's all-around dominant performance helped lead Dale to the Class 2A state semifinals.
“She’s a gamer,” Powell said, referring to Bell. “She got us to the finals last year in the circle. She’s been real streaky this year offensively but here lately she’s been swinging it well so it was good to see today.”
The Pirates backed her pitching performance with 17 hits. It’s a hitting performance Dale has made a habit of doing, since midway through the regular season.
“We hit it like we’ve been hitting it so that was good to see,” Powell said. “We’ve been playing our best softball lately and we continued that today.”
Defensively, it was only the second time Dale gave up five runs in a game this season. The Pirates opened the game firing on all cylinders, not allowing any hits through three innings. But in the final two innings, the normally stout defense gave up five runs.
“That’s not typical for us to give up five [runs],” Powell said. “But at this place, you never know what’s going to happen up here. You never know how 14-18-year-old kids are going to react in this environment so I was proud of them.”