By Shane Bennett
From the twang of the aluminum to the crack of the bat, the Davis boys went 2-2 in the Jake Leffler Wood Bat Tournament at Velma-Alma high school last week. The Wolves won games over Healdton and Geronimo, but fell to Waurika and Walters.
Waurika 5, Davis 2
Waurika jumped out front with three runs in the first and added two more in the second. That was enough for victory in the four-inning contest as the Wolves mustered just five hits in the game.
Mitchell Garrison pitched all four innings and allowed just one earned run in the game.
Davis 15, Healdton 1
The offense that was lacking against Waurika came roaring to life against Healdton. Davis buried the Bulldogs with 10 runs in the first inning. Colin Dulaney’s leadoff single got the ball rolling and the Wolves never looked back. They sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning and effectively put away the Bulldogs early.
Raydyn Amos pitched a three-inning no-hitter but didn’t get the shutout. A two-out error in the second allowed the only run of the game for Healdton.
Davis 4, Geronimo 0
The highlight on Friday was the pitching performance by Dulaney. He went all five innings and tossed a one-hit shutout while ringing up 10 strikeouts.
Jake Parker went 2-for-3 from the plate to lead the Wolves offensively.
Walters 13, Davis 12
The final game of the tournament for Davis was a high-scoring affair. It was a wild ride with four lead changes in the game.
In the top of the first, Davis grabbed the early lead as Dulaney walked to lead off the game and later scored on a wild pitch.
Walters then got two runs in the bottom half to take the lead. A pair of free passes, followed by a wild pitch and timely single to center field put the Blue Devils ahead 2-1.
In the bottom of the second, five Davis walks aided an eight-run explosion for Walters and the game looked to be over . . . . but it wasn’t.
A two-run single by Lane Rawls in the third keyed a three-run rally to make it 10-4 and give the Wolves some life.
It was 11-4 as the fourth inning started and due to the time limit, Davis was running out of opportunities. Back-to-back errors by Walters got a rally going and then the Wolves capitalized. After tallying just two hits in the first three innings, Davis rattled off five in the fourth. Jeston Idleman’s single to right brought Spencer Clinton into score the go-ahead run, capping an incredible eight-run rally in the Wolves’ final at-bat.
Unfortunately for Davis, Walters drove in two more runs in the bottom half to take back the victory.
By the end of the week, Davis was sporting a record of 14-7. The week was set to start with District games against Lone Grove. Monday was a home game for Davis, while Tuesday was to be at Lone Grove. Thursday Davis will play host to Atoka and Tuttle.
By Shane Bennett