By Shane Bennett
A District win and a super-sized comeback highlighted a 4-2 week for the Lady Wolves’ softball team. After splitting a pair of district games with Comanche on Monday and Tuesday, Davis ended the week on a three-game winning streak.
Davis 8, Comanche 4
The Lady Wolves didn’t forget their bats when they traveled to Comanche on Sept. 13. Paige Miller set the mood on the second pitch of the game when she drilled a triple to deep right-center field.
“Anytime our leadoff hitter gets on we usually end up scoring in that inning,” Davis head coach Bill Martin explained. “But a hit like that to start the game really set the tone and got everybody into it.”
Lexi Ryan and Alexis Barnes would follow with singles and all three came into score to give Davis the upper hand early in a huge district game.
“There was a tie for first place on the line and we don’t shy away from telling the girls how big the game is,” Martin said. “We want to own it and rise to the occasion and they did that on Monday.”
While the Davis hitters were getting it done at the plate, Addison Danker was getting it done in the circle. She pitched all seven innings for the win, allowing just three earned runs while striking out 10 batters.
Two free passes, a stolen base and a passed ball allowed a cheap run to score in the bottom of the first. Danker battled back, though, putting up zeros in the second and third and taking a no-hitter into the fourth.
“Addison is so tough,” Martin said of his freshman. “She has the exact attitude you want a pitcher to have.”
In the second Jacie Lanoy led off with a single and then scored on a two-out single by Ryan. Then in the third, Makayla Dodds worked a seven pitch walk with two outs and her teammates followed with three straight singles to push across two more runs. By this point the Davis lead was 6-1 with the dugout rocking.
“Our bench was crazy the whole game,” Martin said. “We really played great from the top to the bottom of the lineup.”
Comanche came back with two runs in the fourth and one in the bottom of the fifth to make it a game again, 6-4. Then, Lexi Ryan tallied her third hit of the game in the top of the sixth to spark another rally for the Lady Wolves. Logan Pruitt added an RBI double and then scored run number 8 for the visitors.
That was more than enough for Danker, who pitched two more scoreless frames for the win. Her team rapped out 13 hits in her support to earn a win in the biggest game of the season to that point.
Comanche 10, Davis 1
Everything Davis brought to its impressive win at Comanche on Sept. 13 was missing against the foe at home the next day. The Lady Indians were squaring up Davis pitches and pounding line drives throughout the game, while the Lady Wolves struggled.
Comanche scored two runs in the first, two in the second and then broke the game open with a four-run fourth and cruised to a 10-1 victory. With the loss, Davis fell to a virtual lock for third place in the district, with only Marietta left to play.
Marlow 4, Davis 3
Davis played 4A Marlow toe-to-toe for six innings in the first game of the Comanche festival on Sept. 16. Danker pitched 5-1/3 brilliant innings, allowing three runs on five hits to keep the Lady Wolves in the game.
Davis took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Then, Marlow evened the game in the bottom half and scored two in the top of the second. In the fourth, Charlee Donaho came through for Davis with a two-run single to tie the game. It was still 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth when Marlow won on a walk-off single.
Davis 6, Cache 1
Davis scratched out just one in in the first four innings against Cache, in its second game on Sept. 16.
The Lady Wolves trailed 1-0 going into the fifth and final inning. Hadley Dudley was in scoring position with two outs when Cayden Buckaloo Then, Anna Merrell drove in both girls with a single to give Davis its first lead of the game.
Kamryn Martin, Ryleigh Eaves and Danker would all follow with hits to keep the 2-out rally going. The Lady Wolves put up six runs in the inning to complete the comeback win.
Davis 24, Pauls Valley 12
Talk about a wild one. The last game on Sept. 16 was all Pauls Valley for four innings. The Lady Panthers put up a 5-spot in the third inning and then followed with four more an inning later to stretch its lead to 9-1.
Then the Davis offense came to life. The Lady Wolves sent 14 batters to the plate in the top of the fifth inning and erupted for 10 runs to take a 11-9 lead. Miller and Ryan each scored twice in the most incredible inning of the season . . . . at least until the seventh.
Davis led 11-10 going into the top of the seventh, looking an insurance run or two. Instead they got 13. Bases loaded triples by Lanoy and Kensley Barnes put exclamation points on one of the most unbelievable comebacks anyone could’ve imagined.
“To be down 9-1 in the fifth and then three hours and 45 minutes later to win it 24-12 was just phenomenal,” coach Martin said after the game. “That comeback was great proof of what we’re really capable of.”
Miller, Dodds and LaNoy each had three hits in the game, with Miller and Dodds leading the team with four runs scored apiece.
Donaho came on to pitch in relief in the middle of the third inning. It took a little bit to get her footing as well, but after the big rally in the top of the fifth she stepped up her game. Over the final three innings she allowed just two runs on nothing but singles for Pauls Valley.
“Charlee had her change up working and she stepped up in a big spot for us,” Martin admitted. “She was a great leader during that comeback.
Davis 2, Elgin 1
On Saturday, Davis took on another 4A foe and got another great pitching performance from Danker She threw all five innings, allowing just one earned run and only two hits in the game. One of those hits was a RBI single in the top of the second to give Elgin the early lead.
Davis played small ball and loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the third. Then, Elgin turned a huge double play and cut down the lead runner in the process. The play preserved the lead for the Lady Owls and left Davis with runners at first and second with two outs.
Perfect timing for Dodds to come up and do her thing with a clutch single to right to bring in Ryan for the game tying run.
The game was stilled knotted at one in the bottom of the fifth and final inning, when Davis made it look easy. Ryan knocked a single to left to lead off the inning. She then moved to second two pitches later on a well-placed bunt. Pruitt came up next and drilled a single to right to bring in Ryan for the walk-off win.
“It was great our girls come through with perfect execution to pick up another comeback win,” Martin said. “We’re really starting to turn the corner in these last couple weeks of the season.”
The Lady Wolves improved to 15-13 on the season. The next order of business was taking care of business in a home-and-home with Marietta on Monday and Tuesday. Then, the Lady Wolves will travel to Lexington on Thursday.