The Davis Lady Wolves took a lead into the fifth inning of game one in the Regional finals on Oct. 2. Unfortunately for Davis, the big bats of the Kellyville Lady Ponies came to life late with a pair of homeruns that put Kellyville into the state tournament and ended the Lady Wolves’ season.
Heritage Hall 3, Davis 0
The opening game of Regionals for Davis on Oct. 1 was a brilliant pitchers’ duel with Kourtney Randall for Davis, matching Kyann Woods of Heritage Hall pitch for pitch until the Lady Chargers’ last at-bat.
Just because no runs were scored in the first five innings doesn’t mean there wasn’t drama. Both teams got runners into scoring position multiple times.
For Davis, a leadoff double by Randall to help her own cause in the second was squandered as Woods got two strikeouts in the next three batters. In the fourth, Lexi Ryan laid down a beautiful bunt single to lead off the inning. She then stole second and advanced to third on an errant throw with one out. Alexis Barnes fouled off pitches and drew a two-out walk and then took second on fielder’s indifference. Unfortunately for Davis though, another strikeout ended the threat.
On the other side, the Charger’s missed opportunities came as the Lady Wolves kept throwing them out on the bases. In the bottom of the second Davis couldn’t make the catch on a line-drive into the left-center gap, resulting in a two-base error. That runner moved to third on a sacrifice fly, but then was cut down by Randall. Randall fielded a ground ball and fired back to third base where Paige Miller applied the tag for the out.
In the third, the Lady Chargers had runners on the corners and Randall erased the lead runner again. Another comebacker was fielded by Randall, who this time threw home to Gracie Eggleston, who applied the tag for the out. The inning ended a few batters later when a smoked line drive was caught by Logan Pruitt at first base to save two runs for the Lady Wolves.
“Collectively, I think this regional tournament is the best four-game stretch we’ve played since I’ve been coaching in Davis,” admitted Lady Wolves head coach Tylor Lampkin.
Davis got a runner into scoring position again in the fifth, but back-to-back flyouts ended yet another threat.
The Lady Chargers finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth inning. They strung together five straight hits, a few them soft line drives or shallow fly balls to the outfield between defenders. It was enough to plate the only three runs of the contest and send Davis the long way aroung the Regional bracket.
Davis 8, Dickson 1
In the second game against the host team, Randall turned in another great pitching performance for Davis and her teammates gave her plenty of run support. An RBI single by Ryan in the third inning was the game’s first run. Then Dickson used a leadoff double to even the score at one in the top of the fourth.
The bottom of the fourth was the key frame, though. Davis drilled six hits in the inning, starting with a single by Barnes to leadoff the inning and punctuated by a two-out, two-run double by Ryan. By the end of it, the Lady Wolves had taken a five-run lead, more than enough for Randall and more than enough to earn at least one more day of softball.
Davis 3, Heritage Hall 1
Revenge is a dish best served in the Regional tournament. Davis struck early to exact theirs against the Lady Chargers on Oct. 2.
Randall sparked a rally in the second inning with a leadoff single and Barnes immediately followed with an RBI triple. Pruitt would then be hit by a pitch and both she and Barnes would score on singles and bunts by Charlee Donaho, Ayanna Miller and Mykala Dodds. The execution was at a heightened level when the Lady Wolves needed it most.
Davis tallied hits in four of the last five innings, but wouldn’t plate another run in the contest. The rest was up to Randall . . . . and she delivered.
She scattered five hits over seven innings and took a 3-0 lead into the seventh. A two-out double and an error by the Lady Wolves brought one run in and the tying run to the plate. Randall then coaxed a groundout to Dodds at second to end the game and the Lady Chargers’ season.
Kellyville 4, Davis 2
The momentum continued in the Regional finals as the Lady Wolves again scored first. Randall came through in her first at-bat again, delivering a two-out RBI single in the first to give her team the lead. Davis made it 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth when Pruitt pelted a two-out single and Donaho followed with a ringing double right-center. The hit sent Pruitt racing around the bases for the Lady Wolves’ second run and a 2-0 lead.
After pitching back-to-back full games for the first time all season on Friday, Randall did it again on Saturday. She kept Kellyville’s potent lineup in check for four innings, scattering a few extra-base hits to put zeros on the scoreboard.
The Lady Ponies came alive late, though. A two-run homerun by their leadoff hitter in the fifth inning suddenly tied the game at two. A sacrifice fly gave the Lady Ponies the lead with two-outs in the fifth. Then another homerun in the seventh gave Kellyville insurance and secured their Regional title.
“It was a heartbreaking way to lose, but I think we kind of ran out gas there at the end,” said Lampkin after the game. “I’m so proud of our girls and the way they played, though. They made Kellyville earn their ticket to the state tournament.”
Randall in particular was brilliant. She pitched all 27 innings in two days and walked just four batters while putting her team in position to win all four games.
“Kourtney threw her tail off and she did it not being 100 percent healthy,” Lampkin explained. “That was one of the gutsiest performances I’ve ever seen. She left every once of effort on the field.”
Though not the finish that Randall, Eggleston and Ayanna Miller had hoped for in their senior season, the Lady Wolves won over 20 games for the second year in-a-row. They finished 23-15 and will return a team with a lot of talent and experience in 2021.