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Wolves Split at Wright City

By Jeff Mapes

Davis baseball managed to play two games last week at the Wright City Festival before the rain came. The Wolves, 4-3 and up one spot to 19th in the Class 2A rankings, split back-to-back matchups on March 21. Davis run-ruled Meeker in the first contest and lost to Dewar in the second.
Inclement weather forced Friday’s game with Wright City to be postponed. Tournament officials eventually cancelled the date altogether.
Wolves 15 Meeker 3 (3)
For the second time this season, Davis jumped out to a 10-run first inning. The Wolves did the same to Minco back on March 11.
“Started fast and the kids did a great job,” Davis head coach Trey Owens said. “We had good at-bats, and we were just finding ways to get on base. We did a good job of hitting the ball and putting the ball in play.”
Davis loaded the bases to start the frame. Lead-off Trey Melton scored the first run when Landon Gibson walked.
Dawson Fetty hit a two-run single with one out and Jaxon Wright belted an RBI-single to left. Maverick Alexander loaded the bases again with a single.
Melton, the Wolves’ starting pitcher, delivered the big offensive blow with the team’s first homerun of the season, a grand slam that handed the Wolves a 9-0 advantage. The junior, batting a team-leading .542, was 1-1 with three runs scored, four RBIs and a walk.
“When he hit the bomb, bigtime momentum was on our side, for sure,” Coach Owens said. “We did a good job on the defensive side too. Everybody just made routine plays.”
Gage Coppenbarger continued the onslaught with a single to center. Playing shortstop, the sophomore stole second and scored on Maverick Alexander’s RBI-single.
Meeker avoided the shutout by scoring three runs in the third off reliever Spencer Clinton. The Bulldogs loaded the bases and hit a two-run single. Their final run came on a sacrifice fly.
Davis, who finished with 10 hits, clinched the victory with five more runs in the third. The Wolves loaded the bases with a walk and two hit batters. Spencer Clinton, Fetty and Alexander were all credited with RBI-singles.
Fetty and Alexander went 2-3 with each a run scored. Catcher Brenden Rawls was 2-2 with an RBI.
Dewar 7 Wolves 2
Facing its third ranked opponent of the season, Davis fell behind 1-0 in the first inning. The Dragons are undefeated and ranked second in Class A.
Melton continued his hot streak from the first game. Playing at short, he led off the first with a solo blast to center.
The 1-1 tie lasted until the fifth when Dewar took command 3-1. The Dragons hit four straight singles off Wolves’ starter Quaid Martin. With bases loaded, he hit a batter that scored a run.
Dewar created distance with four runs in the seventh. A walk with bases loaded and a two-run singled helped build the cushion.
“Obviously, they’re really good,” Coach Owens said of Dewar. “I saw where they’re ranked seventh in all classes. We struggled. We put the ball in play later on when it settled down a little bit. They started small-balling and it kind of got us into binds.”
The Wolves’ final run came in the seventh. Dax Owens led off with a singled and scored on Alexander’s sac fly.
Melton, Dax Owens and Fetty all went 1-3. Rawls was 1-2 with a double in the first.
Martin worked six innings and allowed five runs on nine hits. He struck out two but hit four batters. Dewar scored two runs on one hit against Gibson who relieved Martin in the seventh.
Davis returned home for a three-game home stand. The Wolves hosted Velma-Alma March 25, Latta the next day and will entertain Pauls Valley March 29.

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