By Shane Bennett
If you’re only gonna win two out of four games in a week, the best thing to do is win the two district games. That’s exactly what the Davis baseball team did last week. The Wolves began with run-rule wins over Marietta on Monday and Tuesday, but then fell to Velma-Alma and Lindsay on Thursday and Friday.
Davis 10, Marietta 0
The March 8 match-up was at Marietta where Gavin Moore put on a show, both pitching and hitting. He struck out 12 batters in just five innings, allowing no runs on just two hits while walking only two. He then added a double as one of his two hits to lead the Wolves offensively.
Jake Parker and Colin Dulaney also had multi-hit games, with Parker adding a double of his own. The Wolves added 10 hits to five walks and racked up seven runs in the last two innings to make it a run-rule.
Davis 12, Marietta 0
The March 9 match-up between the Wolves and Indians came to Davis. Different venue . . . . same result. This time Colin Dulaney pitched for Davis and allowed just one unearned run on two hits over four innings in another run-rule win.
Moore and Cody Caraway each had multiple hits as Davis did all of its damage in the second and fourth innings. The Wolves erupted for five runs in the second and rallied for seven in the fourth to put the game away.
Cole Beasley got the last hit of the game in his only at-bat. He came on to pinch hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth and ripped a double to plate runs 10, 11 and 12 and complete the run-rule.
Velma-Alma 10, Davis 3
In a game that saw 8 walks, 9 errors and only 10 hits between the two teams combined, most of the runs belonged to the visitors. As Davis hosted Velma on March 11, the Wolves watched a close game slip away.
Velma scored first, going ahead 1-0 in the first before Davis scored in the bottom of half and again in the bottom of the second to go up, 2-1. The visitors scored three in the top of the third and Davis scored again in the bottom half to make it 4-3. Unfortunately for the Wolves, it was all Comets after that.
The visitors got three free passes in the fourth and again in the fifth and made them count, scoring six runs over the two innings on just three hits.
One bright spot in the game was Spencer Clinton, who came on in relief and tossed 2-2/3 scoreless innings. Six of his eight outs were strikeouts and he didn’t allow a single hit in the process.
Lindsay 7, Davis 3
A March 12 trip to Lindsay made for a frustrating conclusion to the week for the Red-and-White. Davis scored first and was tied until bottom of the fifth, but fell, 7-3.
A leadoff single by Caraway in the first sparked a two-run frame for Davis to grab the early lead. Lindsay then matched them with a pair of unearned runs that came with two outs in the bottom half.
In the second, Davis played small ball. Dawson Fetty was hit by a pitch to start the inning and advanced to second on a bunt by Tanner Claxton. Caraway moved him to third base with a groundout to the second baseman and then Fetty scored on a passed ball.
After giving up the tying run on three-straight singles by Lindsay in the bottom of the second, Moore pitched his way out of a jam. He got a strikeout, flyout and groundout from the top of the Leopard order to get out of the inning.
Moore was solid after a rough start. He would finish with just one earned run allowed on five hits and four walks over five innings pitched. He left, trailing 4-3 after an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.
In the sixth, Dulaney took over and surrendered three more runs on two hits and three walks in the inning. On the other side, the Wolves managed just two singles over the final four innings, to suffer defeat.
By the end of the week, the Wolves’ record was 4-3 heading into spring break. After a district double-hearder on Monday at Dickson, Davis was set to travel to Broken Bow for the Wright City Festival on Thursday and Friday.
The Wolves will play Thursday against Arapaho-Butler at 1 p.m. and Stuart at 3 p.m. Then on Friday they will play against Wright City at 9 a.m.
By Shane Bennett