OZARK — The Dover Pirates not only qualified for the regional tournament, they advanced to the semifinals of the 4A-4 District Tournament with a 3-2 win over the Dardanelle Sand Lizards and a 7-5 win over the Ozark Hillbillies on Tuesday.
“We are so proud of our guys for the way they came out and competed today to earn a spot in the regional tournament,” Pirates head coach Wes McCrotty said. “All year, this team has worked hard. We have had our share of ups and downs throughout the season, but our players persevered.
“We competed in all three phases of the game, and it was fun to watch. These guys stuck with our process, continued to believe in what we were telling them, and it paid off.”
Dover scored a run in the second and third innings, but Dardanelle tied the score in the bottom of the fourth.
Breyden Myers induced Trent Curtis to hit a fielder’s choice that gave the Pirates the go-ahead run.
Dawson Branch was the winning pitcher. He lasted two innings, allowed no hits and no runs. He struck out three and walked one.
Brandon Bunton took the loss. He lasted two and a third innings, allowed no runs and zero hits. He struck out three and walked one.
Myers started the game for Dardanelle. He went four and two-thirds innings, allowed five hits and three runs. He struck out seven.
Landon O’Bryant started for Dover. He allowed three hits and two runs over five innings and struck out two.
The Pirates scored two runs in the final inning and held on to get a 7-5 win over Ozark.
Dover scored one in the second, two in the third and two in the fourth, but by the end of the fifth inning, the Hillbillies had tied the score 5-5.
In the top of the seventh, Trent Curtis drew a walk to score the go-ahead run.
Lucas Vickers took the win. He surrendered two runs on two hits over four innings. He struck out seven.
Branch was the starting pitcher. He lasted three innings, allowed three hits and three runs. He struck out six and walked one.