By Shane Bennett
A last-inning rally by Sulphur on Monday spoiled what was an otherwise stellar week for the Lady Wolves on the diamond. Davis went 3-2 over a five-game stretch, but it was nearly 4-1.
Sulphur 13, Davis 4
The final score had nothing to do with the first six innings of the game, all of which saw Davis with the lead. The Lady Wolves jumped out to that early lead with clutch hitting in the first inning. Charlee Donaho came through with a two-run double over the right fielder’s head to put her team on the board. Donaho would score two batters later on a pair of errors by Sulphur to make it 3-0 early.
In the bottom of the third, Davis used flawless execution to steal another run and make it 4-0. With two outs and a two-strike count, head coach Tylor Lampkin called for a gutsy bunt-and-run. Jacie LaNoy got the bunt down and was safe on a bang-bang play at first base while Alexis Barnes went from first to third. Then on the next pitch, LaNoy used her wheels to steal second. The catcher threw to second to try and end the inning. Instead, LaNoy beat the tag and was safe while Barnes came in to score Davis lead.
Kourtney Randall was pitching lights out in the first three innings, facing just 10 batters to record those nine outs.
Things got hairy for her in the top of the fourth, though as three Davis errors led to two unearned runs. Sulphur still had runners at second and third with no outs and the lead cut to just 4-2. Then Randall got back-to-back strikeouts and a soft groundout to end the inning and preserve the lead.
With the second strikeout, Randall battled back from a 3-0 count to ring up the Lady Bulldog in the biggest clutch moment of the game in the circle.
Her teammates bailed her out with a slick double-play in the sixth. Leading just 4-3, Sulphur’s leadoff batter reached on a walk. The next batter hit a sharp ground ball to second where LaNoy fielded and threw to first for out number one. Logan Pruitt then fired immediately to second base, behind the runner.
The runner rounded to second and looked back to see if she could take third. What she found instead was Barnes waiting to apply the tag. The 4-3-6 double-play was as cool as it is rare and preserved a one-run lead for the Lady Wolves.
Randall was effective through six innings. She allowed three unearned runs on five hits with four strikeouts while walking just one batter in that stretch.
“That’s probably the best game Kourtney has thrown since she’s been here,” Lampkin said after the game.
Unfortunately for her and the Lady Wolves, the seventh was a different story. A single, a double and an intentional walk loaded bases with nobody out. Then a collision in the outfield turned a sacrifice fly into two RBI’s with no out to show for it. Randall was chased two batters later, but the Lady Bulldogs weren’t done.
The inning would see two free passes and seven Sulphur hits, including a three-run homerun to cap a 10-run rally by the visitors. It was a tough way to lose a game that the Lady Wolves had led from wire to wire.
“Obviously, we made some mistakes but I was so proud of our girls for putting themselves in a position for six innings to beat a team that a lot of people probably didn’t think we could beat,” Lampkin said. “Sulphur has another big senior class with a lot of girls that played in the state tournament and they really stepped up in big spots. That’s an area that we’ve got to grow in.”
Davis 15, Community Christian 0
Davis went to Community Christian on Aug. 13 and pounded the home team in a double header. In game one, the Lady Wolves tallied 10 hits by nine different players in a 15-0 shutout. Randall threw three scoreless innings for the win, allowing three hits while striking out five.
Davis 12, Community Christian 2
In game two, Donaho got the start in the circle and allowed just two runs on seven hits over five innings. Davis scored in all five innings to complete a second run-rule. Lexi Ryan led the team at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Barnes added three RBI with a hit and walk.
Lone Grove 9, Davis 0
Davis returned home on Aug. 14 and split a pair of games against Lone Grove and Marlow. Lone Grove drove in nine runs on nine hits in the five-inning affair. They scored in each inning on their way to victory.
Meanwhile, Davis could do nothing against a dominant pitching performance. The Lady Wolves sent 15 batters to the plate and 13 of them struck out. Only a hit batter in the fifth inning spared them of being on the wrong end of a perfect game.
Davis 5, Marlow 0
Davis flipped the script in the second game, though. Randall pitched for the win, allowing just one hit over five scoreless innings. Offensively, the Red-and-White racked up nine hits by seven different players. Five of the nine hits were for extra bases as Paige Miller, Donaho, Gracie Eggleston, Randall and Ryan all hit a double or triple in the game.
By the end of the day on Monday, Davis had run its season record to 5-2 as the team got set for a roadtrip to Riverside for a district double-header on Tuesday.
The Murray County Bash at Davis and Sulphur begins on Thursday. See the bracket on this page for details.