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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Kingston, Davis split, winner takes all today

  • For 11 innings, Mikayla Wells was in total control.
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  • For 11 innings, Mikayla Wells was in total control.
    The Kingston pitcher was slicing and dicing through the Davis lineup, keeping captive one of the most potent offensive lineups in southern Oklahoma softball.
    Wells had already thrown a three-hit masterpiece in a 7-1 game 1 victory, and Davis looked equally as lifeless at the plate through three innings of a 0-0 tie in the nightcap.
    "It wasn't looking good," Davis coach David Griffin said.
    One swing from Davis catcher Casady Webb changed everything.
    With elimination from the playoffs staring her in the face, Webb broke through for the Wolves in a big way, smashing a solo home run to left field that shifted the momentum of the game and pushed Davis to a 10-5 win, forcing a winner-take-all contest at 2 p.m. today for a spot in regional play.
    "That was kind of a lift," Griffin said. "If somebody does good, it makes everybody else think they can do good, too."
    Davis was also assisted by a few errors from Kingston. After Webb's home run, the Redskins committed three errors during the next three at-bats, loading the bases with two outs.
    That set up Jaycee Sanders, who came through with a clutch hit of her own, smashing a two-out double that scored three runs and gave Davis a 5-0 lead.
    While Davis certainly did its part to produce, Kingston coach Mark Wells was unhappy with his team's defensive performance after a strong showing earlier in the day.
    "The home run didn't help, but I think it was the three errors after that that really hurt us," Wells said.
    Despite the hole it played a part in creating, Kingston rallied in the top of the fifth, scoring three runs to cut the deficit to 5-3. Davis tacked on one more run in the bottom half, thanks once again to two-out defensive missteps by Kingston.
    Kingston also came up short several times at the plate in crucial situations, leaving the bases loaded three times without bringing runners home.
    "We played good ball most of the day, just not all the way through," Wells said. "We've got to come through tomorrow."
    For Griffin, the tone was still urgent, but also came with a bit of a reality check.
    "I told them to just go out there, have fun and play loose," Griffin said.
    Spencer White
    221-6527

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