BI-DISTRICT CHAMPS. The Davis Wolves are Bi-District Champs after defeating Hennessey in a 3 game battle. Davis will play at Perry on Thursday with their first game against Lindsay.
By Jeff Mapes
The Davis Wolves baseball team began last week with a win at Wynnewood then claimed its second straight Class 3A Bi-District championship at home against Hennessey.
Davis received a strong pitching performance on April 24 that led to the blanking of the Savages. The Wolves followed that on April 28-29 taking the bi-district title from Hennessey in a best two-out-of-three match-up.
Davis won the tourney last season at Alva.
Hennessey, who finished fourth in District 3A-1, was originally scheduled to host the Wolves. Due to the heavy rain last week in northwestern Oklahoma, the tournament was moved to Davis.
Wolves 6 Wynnewood 0
Luke Linville and Brenden Rawls combined for a one-hit shutout against Wynnewood. The Savages’ only hit was a lead-off single in the first inning.
The pair allowed just three base runners and no Savage reached base after the third inning.
Luke Linville worked the first three innings, recorded 49 pitches, faced 11 batters, and kept himself available for the weekend’s tournament against Hennessey. The sophomore right-hander posted five strikeouts.
Brenden Rawls pitched the final four innings and notched eight strikeouts.
“When they stay in the strike zone, they’re hard to hit,” Wolves coach Chance Linville said of the two pitchers.
Trey Melton’s RBI single in the second gave Davis a 1-0 lead. His RBI double plus Ethan May’s RBI triple in the fourth stretched the lead to 3-0.
The Wolves added a run in the fifth. Brenden Rawls led off with a single, and after a stolen base and a Savage error, scored on Dawson Fetty’s RBI single.
Davis tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh. Luke Linville walked, followed Fetty’s bunt single. Luke Linville scored on Jake Parker’s RBI double.
Parker completed the scoring reaching home with two outs on another Wynnewood error.
Melton went 2-3 with a double and two RBIs. Fetty was 1-4 while May batted 1-2 with one RBI.
Wolves 5 Hennessey 4
Trailing 4-3 after five innings, Davis tied the score with a run in the sixth. The Wolves won game one in walk off fashion in the seventh with Brenden Rawls’s game-winning double.
Hennessey loaded the bases to start the game. The Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the first on an RBI single, and a run scored on a fielder’s choice.
Davis trimmed the lead to 2-1 with a run in the third. Brenden Rawls scored on Parker’s RBI single.
Hennessey regained a 4-1 advantage with two runs in the fifth. The Eagles loaded the bases and scored on a two-run single.
Davis rallied with two runs in the fifth and trailed 4-3. Luke Linville and Dawson Fetty led off with back-to-back singles. Luke Linville scored on Lane Rawls’s RBI single, and Lane Rawls scored on Spencer Clinton’s sacrifice fly.
Luke Linville earned a two-out walk in the sixth. After a stolen base, Fetty tied the game at 4-4 with an RBI single.
The Wolves loaded the bases to start the seventh. Lane Rawls singled, Ethan May and Tye Barnett both walked with two outs. That set the scene for Brenden Rawls’s RBI double.
“Our opponent (Hennessey) had some good players and we stayed in there and got their starter out,” Coach Linville said. “We were able to put some runs on the board and win.”
Luke Linville made his second start of the week and worked five innings. He allowed four runs on seven hits. Brenden Rawls pitched two innings in relief and recorded one strikeout and two walks.
Lane Rawls and Brenden Rawls both went 2-4 at the plate with a combined three RBIs and two runs scored. Fetty was 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Hennessey 5 Wolves 4
Following a short break, the two teams met again in game two. Like the first, this contest also finished with a walk off game winner.
Hennessey rallied from a 4-0 deficit with three runs in the fifth and two in the seventh.
The game stayed scoreless until the fourth. Davis took a 4-0 lead with two hits and the help of three walks.
Fetty led off with a double and Parker walked. Both scored on Clinton’s three-run home-run, his second homer of the season.
Melton and May both earned walks. Melton scored with two outs on a passed ball.
Hennessey led off with a hit batter and a single in the fifth. Wolves’ starter Quaid Martin surrendered a three-run home-run with two outs.
Martin worked six innings and left in the seventh after a lead off double. Brenden Rawls entered again in relief.
“Quaid Martin did what Quaid Martin always does,” Coach Linville said. “He threw strikes, made them think, and didn’t give away anything.”
Following a one-out single, Hennessey tied the score on a Wolves’ error. With two on, the Eagles evened the series with an RBI single.
“We made a couple of costly errors that beat us,” Coach Linville said.
Fetty was 2-4 with a run scored and a double. Luke Linville, Parker and Clinton all went 1-3.
Wolves 17 Hennessey 8 (6)
The two teams played the third and deciding game on April 29. Both squads posted runs in the first two innings.
Hennessey jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first. The Eagles loaded the bases and scored on a hit batter. A second run scored on an RBI single.
Davis answered with five runs in the bottom of the first. Lane Rawls was hit by a pitch with bases loaded.
Clinton then hit his second three-run home-run of the tournament and his third for the season.
Hennessey tied the score at 5-5 with three runs in the second. The Eagles scored on an error, a sacrifice fly and an RBI double.
Melton started and pitched two innings. Clinton entered in the third and worked three scoreless innings.
Davis took command in the fourth with six runs and an 11-5 lead. The Wolves pushed the lead to 14-5 with three runs in the fifth.
Clinton’s only trouble came in the sixth. Hennessey scored three runs on a solo home-run, a single, a walk and a two-run double.
The Wolves secured the run rule victory and the tournament title with three runs in the sixth. Lane Rawls capped off the weekend with a three-run home-run.
Davis, now 14-11, advances to the Regionals at Perry. The Wolves will face district foe Lindsay at 1:30 p.m. on May 4. The tournament runs through May 6.
Lindsay finished second in 3A-2 with a 9-3 record. The Leopards, who swept Davis 12-1 and 5-1 earlier this season, are 23-9 overall.
“They’re very good and loaded with seniors,” Coach Linville said. “They have a lot of experience.”
The other first-round match-up is host Perry against Chandler at 11a.m. Perry received a bye in the bi-district while Chandler swept Christian Heritage 9-6 and 4-2.