In the matchup of the season so far in southern Oklahoma fastpitch softball, Davis added a little to its resumé in Class 3A.

Even sweeter, the Wolves beat a rival.


In the matchup of the season so far in southern Oklahoma fastpitch softball, Davis added a little to its resumé in Class 3A.
Even sweeter, the Wolves beat a rival.

Davis, ranked fifth in 3A, scored its first three runs via Erin Healey hits, and the senior struck out nine in the circle to hold on for a 5-3 win over Sulphur on Tuesday. The Bulldogs, ranked 12th in 3A, mounted a late comeback after trailing 4-0 through five innings, but couldn’t complete the rally.

“We had ’em at 5-1 and they didn’t give up,” Davis coach David Griffin said. “They’re ranked No. 12 in the state for a reason, but any time these two teams are playing, you can forget how they’re ranked.”

Healey (15-1) helped herself with the bat, almost singlehandedly swinging Davis to a 3-0 lead.

The Wolves struck first on an inside the park home run in the first inning. Healey laced a hit to the opposite field with two outs, only to come all the way around after the ball skipped down the right-field line past Sulphur’s Jayden Ramer.

With one out in the bottom of the third, Healey added a two-run single, scoring Jessica Looney who walked, and Leah Tigert, who singled. Lexi Williams’ blooper into shallow center field scored Healey from third, putting Davis ahead 4-0.

Sulphur coach Joe Knapp said the young Bulldogs are maturing on the fly. Sulphur (15-6) committed four errors.

“Give us a few more weeks and we might turn some heads,” Knapp said. “We’ll compete with anybody. We’ve still got a lot of room to grow.”

Sulphur didn’t give in, even as Davis recorded 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth. Ashley Hughes delivered an RBI single in the sixth for Sulphur and only a diving catch up the middle by Davis second baseman Skye Martin prevented the inning from extending.

In the top of the seventh, Allie Saunders hit a two-run home run for the Bulldogs to cut the deficit to 5-3, but Healey got two groundouts and a fly ball to end the game.

“It’s always a dogfight between us and them,” said Tigert. “It’s a game where we have to play 110 percent through seven innings.”

Throughout the game, the Davis dugout randomly blurted out “Aflac” as a rally call for insurance runs. Tigert delivered in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI double off the center-field wall to put the Wolves ahead 5-1.
Tigert, an East Central verbal commitment, was 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.

“We’re definitely hitting the ball with confidence,” Tigert said. “Erin is pitching the ball well and we defintely have a deep hitting lineup.”
Lexi Williams was 2-for-3, and Baylen Green and Megan Williams were each 1-for-3 for Davis.

Sulphur starting pitcher Karli Cornell (13-4) walked two and gave up nine hits in six innings. Harley Griffis, Hughes, Madison Wolf and Haley White each singled for Sulphur, and Wolf, White and Saunders scored a run apiece.

Erik K. Horne
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