By Shane Bennett
The Davis fastpitch softball got its first taste of victory, taking down Tishimingo on Aug. 13, 6-3. The Lady Wolves opened the season earlier in the week with games against Purcell and Roff as well.
Purcell 10, Davis 5
The Lady Wolves opened the season on the road at Purcell on Aug. 9 and jumped out to an early lead. Paige Miller started the season off with a hit and scored the first run of the season in the top of the first. Then in the second she and Shelby Courtney both scored to go ahead, 3-0. Kensley Barnes and Jacie LaNoy both scored in the top of the third to make it 5-0 for Davis, but then it was all Purcell.
The Lady Dragons countered with three runs in the bottom of the third and two in the fourth to tie the game at 5 before blowing the game open with a five-run fifth. Ripping off the last 10 runs in the game, Purcell was able to claim the season opener.
Roff 8, Davis 1
A district double-header scheduled to be the home opener for the Lady Wolves on Aug. 10 got scratched when Community Christian canceled. Filling their place was Class B powerhouse Roff.
The Lady Tigers pounced in the top of the first with a four-run rally and never looked back. They also scored in the second, third and fifth innings, gradually putting the game out of reach.
Davis struggled to string hits together against a crafty Roff pitching performance. Kamryn Martin scored the only run for Davis as the Red-and-White managed just one five hits in the game.
Davis 6, Tishomingo 3
Clutch was the word to describe the first win of the season for Davis on Aug. 13. The Lady Wolves notched five of their six RBI with two outs and engineered the victory over the visiting Lady Indians of Tishomingo.
Trailing 1-0 with two outs in the bottom of the third, Lexi Ryan got the first of five straight hits, producing a four-run inning and giving the Lady Wolves control of the game. She then led off the fifth inning after a pair of runs by Tishomingo cut the lead to just 4-3. Ryan delivered again with a hit to start the inning and later scored, along with Alexis Barnes for a couple of insurance runs to put the game away for Davis.
“Our girls were really owning the moment and stepping up when they were called upon and that’s what we’ve got to have,” said head coach Bill Martin, who took over the team this season. “Shelby Courtney pitched a great game for us too with only two walks in the game.”
Davis may lean on it’s bats and fielders more this year, since that’s where they have more experience.
“We’re really young in the circle this year with only one girl that had any high school pitching experience,” Martin said. “We need to strive for perfection in the field and our offense has to be there to take a little pressure off these girls in the circle.”
That formula worked well in a Friday win over Tishomingo to run the Lady Wolves’ record to 1-2. The team traveled to Lindsay on Monday and then was set to see its next action in the Murray County Bash on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
For detailed game times, see the full schedule of the Bash, printed to the left.