- Ada, Oklahoma

May 3, 2013

Latta can't overcome early deficit in loss to No. 1 Dale

Jeff Cali Sports Editor

Oklahoma City —

During a postgame meeting with his team, Latta coach Jim Foster was overheard telling his players that things might have been different if they hadn’t “lost their minds” during a two-inning stretch against top-ranked Dale Wednesday at the Class 4A State Tournament at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

But during those decisive two innings, Dale was able to score 10 runs with the aid of six Latta errors en route to a 13-6 first-round win over the Lady Panthers.

The seventh-ranked Lady Panthers ended the season with a 21-13 record, while Dale (33-7) advanced to the 4A state title game before falling to No. 3 Tushka 12-10 in a classic championship showdown.

“We gave them too much early, and they hit the ball real well early,” Foster said. “If we had stayed a little closer, things could have been different.”

The Lady Panthers seemed to be rattled by a call that didn’t go their way in the top of the third inning. Latta trailed 3-0 at that point, thanks to a three-run homer by Taylor Anderson in the first inning that followed two walks to start the game. 

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