By Jeff Mapes
The Davis fast-pitch softball team began play this past week and opened the season with a great start. The Lady Wolves went 3-1 for the week, including a doubleheader district sweep at Marietta.
It marked the first four games for new head coach Stefan Hunt. He replaces Bill Martin who coached the Lady Wolves’ softball program for one season.
The Lady Wolves launched the Hunt coaching era Aug. 8 with an 8-5 road win at Latta. Davis held its home opener the next day, Aug. 9, but were defeated by Class 5A Duncan, 6-1.
The Lady Wolves stepped into district play Aug. 11 against Marietta. Davis stands at 2-0 in league play after defeating the Lady Indians 14-10 and 8-7.
“I’m extremely proud of the girls,” said Hunt.
Davis 8, Latta 5
Not even a two-hour rain delay could stop the Lady Wolves against Latta. Davis built a 3-0 lead in the first inning before lightning strikes halted play. Paige Miller sparked the start with a homerun.
Once play resumed, the Lady Wolves added three more runs in the second for a 6-0 lead. Kamryn Martin led off with a double and scored on Alexis Barnes’ RBI-double. Miller and Kensley Barnes both walked and scored on a wild pitch.
The lead swelled to 8-0 in the fourth when Davis scored two runs. Alexis Barnes and Miller again reached on singles, and after Miller stole second, Kensley Barnes loaded the bases with a walk. Mattie Morton knocked in two runs with a single.
Latta avoided the shutout scoring a run in the fifth. The Lady Panthers made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh with four runs.
Davis scored its eight runs on 11 hits and left eight runners on base. The Lady Wolves committed four errors defensively.
Alexis Barnes and Miller led Davis at the plate with each going 3-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Morton went 2-4 with two RBI while Kensley Barnes was 1-2 with a triple and one run scored.
Addison Danker made the start at pitcher for the Lady Wolves and worked six innings. She allowed four runs on three hits and recorded 13 strikeouts. Danker also walked five and hit three batters.
Emerson Henley replaced Danker in the seventh and surrendered a run on one walk.
Duncan 6, Davis 1
The Lady Wolves jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a run in the first inning. Alexis Barnes reached on an error and later scored on an overthrow from right field.
Duncan took the commanding lead in the second scoring four runs. With already a run in, Davis opted to intentionally load the bases with a walk. The Lady Demons responded with a bases-clearing triple.
Duncan added two more runs to the tally in the top of the seventh. An infield single followed by an RBI-double gave the Lady Demons a 5-1 cushion. A single and error closed out the scoring.
“We hit the ball hard, we were just hitting it right to them,” Hunt said. “We’ll have games like that. Unfortunately, the balls they were hitting were finding gaps.”
Duncan scored its six runs on nine hits and three Davis errors. The Lady Wolves were limited to three hits and left three runners on base. Shelby Courtney batted 2-3 while Kamryn Martin went 1-3.
Charlee Donaho started on the mound and allowed six runs on eight hits while striking out three. She had one walk.
Shelby Courtney relieved Donaho in the seventh and struck out two.