By Shane Bennett
The Davis baseball team enjoyed its spring with some time off, a trip to Broken Bow and four straight wins on the week to boot. After going on the road and taking down Dickson in a district double-header on March 15, the Wolves beat Arapaho and Stuart at the Wright City Festival on March 18.
Davis 26, Dickson 4
The Wolves started the week with a bang . . . . or a long series of bangs actually. They rapped out 17 hits en route to a 22-point pasting of the hosting Comets.
The game lasted just four innings. After batting around the lineup to plate five runs in the first, Davis batted around the lineup twice in the second. The Wolves had 19 batters, nine hits and 13 runs in the second inning alone. As if that wasn’t enough, the Red-and-White drove in eight more runs in the top of the fourth to cap it.
Gavin Moore and Raydyn Amos each went 3-for-5 to lead the wolves while Colin Dulaney went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and four RBI.
Dulaney also got the start on the mound, pitching three innings in the win. He allowed four runs but only one was earned. He surrendered three hits and struck out six in the game. Mitchell Garrison came on for the final three outs, allowing no hits or runs in the fourth inning.
Davis 4, Dickson 2
The Wolves scored 21 extra runs in the first game, but unfortunately none of them carried over to game two. Dickson struck first blood with a run on two errors in the top of the first and then led by that margin until the bottom of the fifth.
Davis got a runner into scoring position in the first, third and fourth innings, but was unable to push any of them across. Finally in the fifth, Jake Parker reached on an error by the second baseman with two outs. The miscue allowed Lane Rawls to score the tying run. Dulaney then followed with an RBI single to put the Wolves ahead, 2-1.
Those runs rewarded Davis pitcher, Amos, with a hard-fought win. He finished with no earned runs allowed on four hits with one walkout and eight strikeouts.
After the Wolves took the lead in the bottom of the fifth, Garrison took over on the mound and earned a two-inning save with just one run allowed.
In the bottom of the sixth, Rawls started a two-run rally with a two-out single to left. Those two runs would make the difference in Davis’ fourth-straight district win.
Davis 14, Arapaho 9
On March 18 at Wright City, Davis used four pitchers to win a wild game against Arapaho. It looked like Davis would blow out the Indians when it scored five runs in the top of the third inning. Arapaho responded though with four of its own in the bottom half to get back in the game. Davis stretched its lead to 11-5 with another five-spot in the six only to Arapaho drive in four more in the bottom of the that inning as well.
Finally, three runs in the top of the seventh made it a five-run lead going into the last at-bat. Moore then came on to pitch and slammed the door on the Indians.
Dawson Fetty led the offensive effort for Davis, going 3-for-4 in the game. Parker and Jeston Idleman also had multiple hits for the Wolves.
Davis 15, Stuart 7
The last varsity game of the week was another high-scoring affair. Stuart struck first with a run in the first before Davis plated six in the bottom of the second. Stuart then scored four more in the top of the third to make it a one-run game again. It stopped being close when Davis sent 12 batters to the plate and drove in eight runs in the bottom of the third. The Wolves added five hits to four walks in the inning.
Eight different Wolf players tallied a RBI in the contest.
Moore and Spencer Clinton split the pitching duties. Of the six runs they allowed, Davis’ pitchers were charged with just one earned run allowed apiece.
On Friday, Davis finished the festival with its junior varsity falling to Wright City, 12-2. By the time spring break was over Davis could boast a record of 8-3 while riding a four-game winning streak.
School resumed on Monday with a rainy day that washed out a trip to Comanche. Davis was slated to host Comanche Tuesday for a district game.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Wolves will play in the Murray County Shooter, hosted at Davis and Sulphur. A full schedule of the shootout is listed on this page.
By Shane Bennett