By Jeff Mapes
The Davis softball team started last week with its first district loss of the season at Kingston but gave a strong showing over the weekend at Sulphur in the Murray County Bash.
Davis will play at Latta Thursday as part of the tourney. The Lady Wolves face Byng at 3:30 p.m. and Latta at 5:00 p.m.
Bracket play will be on Saturday with the opponent and time yet to be determined.
The Lady Wolves fell to Kingston on Aug. 14 in nine innings. Davis now stands at 2-1 in league play.
The team responded and earned a third-place finish at the Bash going 3-1. The Lady Wolves racked up wins against Lexington, Sulphur and Ada with the lone loss coming to Latta.
“I could name all the girls this week,” said Davis head coach Stefan Hunt. “I’m extremely happy with what the girls did. Overall, I really was happy with what I saw this week.”
Kingston 8 Lady Wolves 7 (9)
Davis jumped out to a quick start scoring four runs in the first inning. Adison Ryan and Kamryn Martin both singled. Kensley Barnes hit an RBI single and Shelby Moring belted an RBI double.
The lead swelled to 7-0 and the Lady Wolves led 7-2 after the third.
“I thought the girls came out and hit the ball really well,” Hunt said.
Kingston trimmed the lead to 7-5 with three runs in the fifth. The Lady Redskins scored a run in the sixth, tied the game in the seventh and won it with a run in the ninth.
“They made a pitching change,” Hunt said of the swing of momentum. “We were still hitting the ball well. They just weren’t timely hits. We weren’t able to find the gaps in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.”
Lady Wolves 5 Lexington 4 (3)
Davis returned to the win column on Aug. 17 with its first of three wins in the Bash. The Lady Wolves fell behind early, eventually gained the lead and hung on in the end when the game was called due to the time limit.
Trailing 2-0 after one, Davis tied the score with two runs in the second. Moring doubled and later scored on a wild pitch. Barnes hit an RBI single.
“I was happy for the girls,” Hunt said. “After what had happened Monday night, I was glad to see them come out and play extremely well. Their willingness to come out and take care of business.”
The Lady Wolves pushed the lead to 5-2 with three runs in the third. Two Lexington errors on Moring’s single scored two.
A walk in the third followed by a two-run homerun cut the margin to 5-4. Shelby Courtney entered in relief and quickly walked two.
The junior secured the victory with a strikeout and comeback to the mound.
Lady Wolves 6 Sulphur 5 (4)
Davis, who lost to the host team last week in the season opener, avenged the loss on Aug. 18 with a come-from-behind win.
The Lady Wolves trailed 5-3 after three but posted the victory with three runs in the fourth.
“We basically started hitting his pitcher and he switched pitchers,” Hunt said. “She just couldn’t find the strike zone.”
Sulphur took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, only to see Davis tie the score in its half of the inning. The Lady Bulldogs regained the lead with a run in the second.
Davis answered again with a run in the third. Sulphur built its 5-3 advantage with two runs in the third.
Latta 14 Lady Wolves 1
Latta, who had run-ruled the Lady Wolves last week, defeated Davis again in the second game on Aug. 18.
“They put it on us,” Hunt said of Latta.
The Lady Panthers scored three runs in the first and held a 6-0 cushion. Latta led 14-0 going into the bottom of the third.
Davis posted its only run in the third. Martin scored on Barnes’s RBI double.
Lady Wolves 7 Ada 3
Davis capped off the Bash on Aug. 19 with another come-from-behind victory. The win improved the Lady Wolves’ overall record to 6-5.
Ada led 2-0 in the first on two walks and a two-run single. That lead held until the second when Davis tied the score at 2-2.
Ryan led off with an infield hit and Addison Danker singled. Both scored on Courtney’s two-out, two-run triple.
Ada scored a run in the second and led 3-2. The Lady Cougars cashed in on a double and three walks.
Davis tied the game at 3-3 on Ryan’s RBI single. Kynlee Son smashed an RBI double. Moring tagged an RBI single, and the Lady Wolves led 6-3.
The Lady Wolves’ final run came in the fourth on Emerson Henley’s RBI single. Danker pitched and retired the final seven batters she faced. “I thought the girls again played really well,” Hunt said. “We got off to another slow start. But we had a big third inning. The girls hit the ball really well.” Davis hosted Kingston Aug. 22 in a district rematch. The Lady Wolves will compete this weekend in the Roff Tournament.
By Jeff Mapes