By Jeff Mapes
With only a handful of games remaining in the regular season, the Davis softball team spent last week at home in district play. The Lady Wolves went 2-2 and are now 5-3 in the league.
Davis currently sits in third place in Class 3A District 1 behind Lone Grove and Comanche. The Lady Wolves are 9-9 overall.
Davis played on Aug. 28 and suffered a loss to Comanche. DHS responded the next day taking two from Frederick in a doubleheader. The Lady Wolves ended the week losing to two-time Class 4A state champion Lone Grove on Aug. 31.
Comanche 12 Lady Wolves 9
Davis spotted Comanche a 10-run lead in the first three innings before attempting a comeback. The Lady Indians scored four runs in the first, three in the second and three in the third.
Center-fielder Preslee Hunt put Davis on the scoreboard in the fourth with a three-run home-run. The sophomore sparked the rally and finished 2-3.
Kamryn Martin, Hunt and Addison Danker all singled in the fifth that sparked a five-run frame. Kynlee Son was hit by a pitch, Ryan reached on an error and Davis trailed 10-7.
Martin closed out the Lady Wolves’ scoring in the seventh with a solo home-run. Her shot pulled Davis with two runs at 10-8.
“I was so happy and so not happy,” head coach Stefan Hunt said. “I was so proud of the girls the way they fought back. Just their resiliency and the way that they just stayed the course.”
Comanche added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh.
Sophomore Laini Cates started against Comanche and worked the first. Stella Baker entered in the second and Danker relieved in the third.
“The way we got down and the way it started, and then for the girls to come back, I couldn’t have been more proud the way that fought back and played,” Coach Hunt said.
Lady Wolves 17 Frederick 1 (5)
Frederick scored a run in the first on a pair of errors. The Lady Bombers were shut out the rest of the afternoon.
Davis scored multiple runs in every inning. The Lady Wolves answered with eight in the first, two in the second, three in the third and four in the fourth.
“It’s one of those things to where everything we hit found a gap,” Coach Hunt said. “Our defense was pretty good. Our mindset was to carry over the way we finished the last four innings against Comanche, and man, did they ever!”
Third baseman Shelby Courtney highlighted the fourth with a two-run home-run. She finished 2-4 with three RBIs.
Shelby Moring went 3-3 with two RBIs and Kensley Barnes finished 2-3 with an RBI.
Danker started and faced 12 batters. She struck out four and allowed one hit.
Lady Wolves 12 Frederick 0 (3)
The Lady Wolves’ onslaught carried over into the second game as they tallied runs in both innings. Davis scored three runs in the first and nine in the second.
Moring and Barnes hit consecutive doubles in the second. That was followed by back-to-back home-runs by Mattie Morton and Martin.
“Kamryn hit another one like she did the day before,” Coach Hunt said. “I’m glad to see Mattie hit one. She hits the ball so hard.”
Lone Grove 8 Lady Wolves 0
Lone Grove blanked the Lady Wolves with three runs in the second, four in the third and one in the sixth. Davis managed an infield hit in the fourth and had only three base runners.
“Lone Grove is one of the top three or four teams in the state in any class,” Coach Hunt said. “They’ll should be playing for a state championship.”
Courtney led off the first with a walk. Morton hit an infield hit in the fourth and reached on an error in the seventh.
At one point during the first three innings, Davis struck out seven straight times. The Lady Wolves finished the game striking out 16 times and committing nine errors.
Davis played at Comanche on Sept. 5 in a district rematch. The Wolves will step back into tournament play this weekend at Silo.
Davis faces Henryetta at 10:30 a.m. and Red Oak at 3 p.m. on Thursday. DHS will also play Washington JV at 1:30 p.m. and Broken Bow at 3 p.m. on Friday.
By Jeff Mapes