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– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT

Who: Dale (27-9) VS Silo (32-3)

What: Class 2A State Championship

When: Saturday @ 2PM

Where: Shawnee High School

Last Meeting: Silo Won 10-2 On September 2, 2016 (Latta Tournament – Fall Season)

Surprise surprise, Silo is playing for the state championship. Silo has made this a yearly tradition. This will be their sixth consecutive championship game appearance and the ninth time in the last ten years. That’s only including the spring season. They’ve been dominant all season and they’ve given no indication that they’ll be slowed down on Saturday. However, a perennial power who almost didn’t make it to state might have something to say about that. On the opening day of the regional round, Dale inexplicably lost to Mangum 7-4. The Pirates would have to rattle off four straight wins, including twice over the same Mangum team that beat them. Not only did they do it. They did it in style. They won all four elimination games by a combined score of 66-11. The Pirates have to feel like a team of destiny after their improbable run through the regionals. Then, beating #1 Oktaha on a walk off hit in extra innings in the semifinals.

Tale Of The Tape

Dale Pirates

Ranking: #5

Record: (27-9)

Championships: 20
11 Spring Titles (1991, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2014)
9 Fall Titles (1975, 1979, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012)

Road To Championship Saturday
Quarterfinals: Beat Calera 4-0
Semifinals: Beat Oktaha 4-3 (8 Innings)

Notable
This will be the fourth meeting between these two teams for the spring title in the last six seasons. Dale and Silo met in the 2A championship game three straight years from 2012-2014. Dale won the first and last of those meetings while Silo got the 2013 title. The Pirates will be looking to make it three out of four wins against Silo during that stretch.

Silo Rebels

Ranking: #2

Record: (32-3)

Championships: 11
7 Spring Titles (2002, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015)
4 Fall Titles (2006, 2007, 2010, 2014)

Road To Championship Saturday
Quarterfinals: Beat Wyandotte 4-1
Semifinals: Beat Wister 3-1

Notable
Silo is 11-6 all time in championship games. They’ll be no stranger to the spotlight on Saturday. They’re playing in their ninth title game in the last decade. They haven’t lost to a Class 2A team all season and they dominated Dale during the fall season when they met in September.

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