Wolves Baseball Team Ends Season in Class 3A Regional Tournament Linville says Davis has a Promising Future
By Jeff Mapes
The Davis Wolves baseball team had its season end on May 4 in Perry at the Class 3A Regional Tournament. The Wolves suffered back-to-back one-run losses to Lindsay and Chandler.
Davis entered the bracket as the third seed. The Wolves finish the season with an overall record of 14-13.
Host Perry eventually won the tournament and advanced to this week’s state tournament. The Maroons defeated Lindsay 5-0 in the championship game.
Lindsay 4 Wolves 3
Lindsay, a district opponent for two seasons, notched its fifth straight victory over the Wolves dating back to last year. The Leopards broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh with a game-winning, walk off RBI single.
“They’re a really good team, a senior-loaded team,” Davis coach Chance Linville said of Lindsay. “Why we didn’t make a bunch of mistakes, you just can’t make mistakes against good teams.”
The game was scoreless until the third inning when Davis took a 1-0 lead. Luke Linville singled with one out and stole second. He scored an out later on Jake Parker’s RBI single.
The Wolves’ lead held until the fourth when Lindsay scored twice for a 2-1 advantage. A leadoff walk scored on a Davis error. The Leopards singled with two outs and scored on an RBI double.
Davis tied the score at 2-2 with a run in the fifth. Tye Barnett and Brenden Rawls led off with singles. Brenden Rawls scored on Parker’s RBI single.
Lindsay again responded with a run in the fifth. A leadoff double scored on a sacrifice fly and the Leopards led 3-2.
Luke Linville tied the game at 3-3 with his leadoff homerun in the seventh. It was his first homer of the season.
Lindsay loaded the bases in the seventh with three singles and two outs. The Leopards earned the win with an RBI single.
Parker went 4-4 with two RBIs and two doubles. Luke Linville was 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Quaid Martin pitched a complete game and allowed four runs on ten hits. The sophomore walked two and recorded one strikeout.
“The whole day we just couldn’t come up with the timely hit,” Coach Linville said.
Chandler 5 Wolves 4 (8)
Hoping to avoid elimination, the Wolves took Chandler to extra innings. The Lions secured the victory with a run in the top of the eighth.
Chandler jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first. The Lions scored on three straight singles and an error.
Davis cut the lead to 3-1 with a run in the first. Luke Linville belted his first of two triples and scored on a Chandler error.
The Lions pushed the lead to 4-1 with a run in the second. A bunt single scored with one out on an RBI single.
Davis trimmed the lead to 4-2 with a run in the third. Barnett singled and moved to second with two outs on Dawson Fetty’s single. Barnett scored on a Lions’ error.
The Wolves scored a run in the fifth and were within 4-3. Luke Linville led off with a single and scored with two outs on a Chandler error.
Davis tied the score at 4-4 with a run in the seventh. Parker walked and after a passed ball, scored on Lane Rawls’ RBI double.
Chandler scored the winning run in the eighth on a hit and two Davis errors. A walk, a bunt single and an error loaded the bases. The game winner came on a sacrifice fly.
“There’s never a doubt in the fight of our kids,” Coach Linville said. “We didn’t have our A-game that day and you need it if you’re in the regional tournament.”
Davis had six hits on three Chandler pitchers. Luke Linville was 2-5 with two RBIs.
The Wolves used five pitchers against the Lions. Luke Linville started and worked an inning. Trey Melton, Spencer Clinton and Gage Coppenbarger were used in the middle three frames and Brenden Rawls pitched the final three.
“A good season but disappointing because we want to still be playing,” Coach Linville said. “So does everybody. I’m proud of our kids.”
The loss marked the end for seniors Parker, Lane Rawls, Brody Rogers and Tyler Tinsley. Davis returns seven players in the lineup including all who made pitching starts this season.
“A promising future I think,” Coach Linville said.