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Wolves Record First Wins

By Jeff Mapes
The Davis baseball team enjoyed its first taste of victory last week. The Wolves picked up three wins against one defeat and are now 3-2 on the young season.
Davis swept Dibble and Minco on March 11 in a three-way at Dibble then lost the next day at Caddo. The Wolves responded in their home opener March 15 with a win over Kingston.
Wolves 6 Dibble 4
Dibble jumped on the Wolves for three runs in the second inning. A walk, a one-out single and a hit batter loaded the bases. The ninth-ranked Demons of Class 2A scored on a bunt-single and back-to-back hits.
Davis erased the deficit in the third sending 11 men to the plate and taking a 5-3 lead. Three hits, four walks and two passed balls led to the outburst.
The Wolves added an insurance run in the sixth. Gage Coppenbarger hit a leadoff single followed by Brenden Rawls who walked. Coppenbarger scored with two outs on an error.
Dibble cut the margin to 6-4 with a run in the sixth.
“Obviously that’s a big win because that’s a ranked team,” said Davis head coach Trey Owens. “I thought the kids played hard and played resilient. It was one of those things where we’re trying to make the routine plays. Put the ball in play and put baserunners on.”
Trey Melton went 2-4 with a run scored and a walk. Coppenbarger, Dawson Fetty, Dax Owens and Jaxon Wright went 1-3 with a collective four runs scored and two RBIs.
Coppenbarger started and worked four innings. He allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Landon Gibson relieved Coppenbarger in the fifth and surrendered one run on two walks while striking out five.
Wolves 14 Minco 2 (3)
Davis took charge early, scoring 10 runs in the first inning. The Wolves had two hits, an RBI-single by Spencer Clinton and a two-run double by Melton.
Minco allowed nine walks and a hit batter. Fourteen Davis batters went to the plate.
The Bulldogs scored their two runs in the third. An RBI-single was set up by an error, a single, a passed ball and a walk.
The Wolves clinched the run-rule with four in the third. Gibson hit a two-run double, and Maverick Alexander added an RBI-single.
“We had some momentum going into that,” Coach Owens said. “We just got on them quick. They had some troubles throwing strikes and we took advantage of having good at bats.”
Wright worked three innings and threw 44 pitches to 13 batters. He retired the first eight men he faced and allowed two hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Caddo 3 Wolves 1
Caddo, ranked eighth in Class A, led 1-0 after the first inning. The Wolves tied the game with a run in the second.
Dax Owens led off with a walk and eventually made his way to third. The freshman scored on a wild pitch.
The Bruins broke the tie with two runs in the third. A hit batter, a single, a double and an RBI-single led the rally.
After the third, Davis had four baserunners on two walks, an error and a single. Caddo produced three hits and a walk.
The Wolves posted three hits in the game. Melton and Coppenbarger led off the first with a pair of doubles. Melton singled to left in the seventh.
“We did not play our best,” Coach Owens said. “The only plate that matters is home plate and we had runners at second and third multiple times. The kids played well and played good defense. We just couldn’t get people cross home plate.”
Melton pitched four-plus innings and surrendered three runs on seven hits. The junior walked three and struck out three. Rawls entered and allowed a hit and two strikeouts.
Wolves 7 Kingston 2
Davis fell behind 2-0 in the first seven pitches of the game. Kingston hit a leadoff double and homerun off Coppenbarger, the Wolves’ starter. He escaped further damage despite a single and two walks in the same inning.
The Wolves knotted the score in their half of the first. Coppenbarger doubled and Rawls singled. Clinton hit a two-run single with two outs.
Coppenbarger worked three more innings and allowed just two hits.
Davis took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth. Alexander walked then Melton and Coppenbarger loaded the bases with singles. Rawls put the Wolves up 4-2 with a two-run single.
Davis scored three more in the sixth. Fetty reached second on an error and Clinton hit an RBI-single. Dax Owens singled and advanced on an error. Gibson belted a two-run single.
“I’m proud of our kids for sticking to it,” Coach Owens said. “It wasn’t looking very pretty with a double and the bomb right off the bat. They stayed the course and made the plays.”
The Wolves manufactured 12 hits and seven walks. Gibson pitched the final three innings and allowed two hits, two walks and two strikeouts.
Davis will compete March 21-22 in the Wright City Tournament. The Wolves play Meeker Thursday at 2:30 and Dewar (fifth in Class A) at 4:45. The tourney will conclude Friday at 7:00 with a matchup against the host Lumberjax.

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