By Jeff Mapes
The Davis softball team began last week with a huge district win over Kingston but also dropped two games on the first day of the Roff Tournament.
Davis, who lost to Kingston by one run a week earlier in come-from-behind fashion, responded on Aug. 22 with a two-run home victory in the same manner. The win improved the Lady Wolves’ league record to 3-1.
“I thought the girls played extremely well,” said head coach Stefan Hunt. “Got down early and they fought back and came back.”
The victory could prove pivotal at the end of the season. Davis would hold the tiebreaker due to the one-run difference in the win margin.
“That was a huge win,” Hunt said. “Not only was it Kingston and a district win, but we won by one more run than they beat us. If it comes down to a tie between Kingston and us, we own the tiebreaker.”
The Lady Wolves fell twice on Aug. 24 at Latta as part of the Roff Tournament. Davis lost to Latta in the opener for the third time in as many weeks and were beaten by Byng in the second game.
Lady Wolves 7 Kingston 5
Davis used a combination of three pitchers to notch the win against Kingston. Junior Stella Baker started, worked the first inning and surrendered four runs on three hits.
“Even though they got out to a 4-0 lead, I thought Stella made some good pitches,” Hunt said. “She was throwing strikes. They just happened to hit it in places we weren’t.”
Junior Shelby Courtney tripled and scored in the first, cutting the lead to 4-1.
Addison Danker relieved Baker in the second and pitched two scoreless innings. Her work allowed the Lady Wolves to tie the game at 4-4 with three runs in the second. They were finding the gaps and making good hits.”
Mattie Morton and Adison Ryan singled and scored on a Kingston error. Danker scored on Shelby Moring’s RBI single.
Laini Cates entered in the fourth and allowed Kingston to regain the lead at 5-4. The Lady Redskins hit three straight singles off the sophomore and scored on a fielder’s choice.
“We brought in Laini and that was just another pitcher they had to get used to,” Hunt said. “The three pitchers did a great job of throwing strikes.”
Davis took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth. Ryan singled and Danker reached on an error. Both scored on Moring’s RBI double.
The Lady Wolves added an insurance run in the sixth. Kynlee Son reached on an error and scored on Courtney’s infield hit.
Danker reentered in the fifth and closed out the final two plus frames.
“Once we switched, they were a little off on the next pitcher’s timing,” Hunt said. “We were a little stouter on defense and they weren’t hitting the gaps near as good as they were. Our bats came alive, and I was pleased the way we hit the ball offensively.”
Latta 6 Lady Wolves 0
Latta blanked the Lady Wolves with two runs in the second and four more in the fifth.
“Latta is just really good,” Hunt said. “That’s three times they’ve beaten us and all three times, I know they’re a state tournament team and possibly vying for a state championship.”
“We came out and played well,” Hunt continued. “We just made too many errors and too many mistakes.”
Byng 7 Lady Wolves 4
Tied 3-3, Byng secured the win with four runs. The Lady Wolves scored a run in the final inning.
Kensley Barnes and Ryan both recorded two hits. Moring also belted an RBI single.
By week’s end, Davis stood at 7-7 overall. The Lady Wolves entertained a three-game homestand this week with Comanche here Aug. 28, Frederick Aug. 29 and Lone Grove this Thursday.
Next week, Davis will play at Comanche Sept. 5 and in the Silo Tournament Sept. 7-9.
By Jeff Mapes