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  • Davis downs resilient Ringling

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  • DAVIS — Quit is clearly not in Ringling's vocabulary, but lose isn't in Davis' at the moment.
    Trailing 8-0 after an error-plagued first inning, Ringling had every reason and some to mail it in, but the Blue Devils didn't. Instead, they came within a few timely hits of completing an improbable rally.
    Davis would have none of it in the end, however, as the Wolves scored the final six runs of the game to win 14-6 in five innings Thursday. After squandering its big lead, Davis (7-0) got key hits from Alec Hetherington and Braden Ruth in the third inning, and Ethan Tomlinson came through with the game-ending RBI single in the fifth for the run-rule victory.
    Ringling's loss came without two starters, as center fielder Taner Richardson and third baseman Ryan Lester were involved in a car accident in Ringling on Wednesday night. Richardson and Lester were two of four passengers in the accident. All four were treated and released from an Oklahoma City hospital, according to police reports.
    Davis coach Micah Noland lauded Ringling for playing tough shorthanded.
    "We're a whole lot of the same type of kids," Noland said. "That's the type of kids you get with Davis and Ringling. That's the type of kids they are; they're not gonna quit.
    "He (Ringling coach Steve Pybas) wanted to play even though he was without a couple of starters. I'm glad he wanted to play even though thoughts were elsewhere.
    If not for a bad first inning and a plethora of men left on base, who knows what the Blue Devils could have done.
    Ringling committed four errors in the first inning despite strong pitching from Lucas Lester. But once Lester settled in and Ringling became more patient at the plate, the Blue Devils cooked up six unanswered runs.
    In the top of the second, Drue McElroy dropped in an RBI single and Zeb Willis was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, giving Ringling some life. Lester sat down the side in the third and the Blue Devils added four more runs in the bottom of the inning to close the gap to 8-6.
    In that stretch, Ringling chased Riley Wilson from the mound and contined to press reliver Hunter Karlik. Karlik, a freshman, entered with the bases loaded and gave up RBI walks to McElroy and Allen Patrick, an RBI single to Austin Rogers, and plunked Taylor Pybas for four runs.
    From there, however, Karlik calmed down, tossing two innings of shutout ball with five strikeouts for his first varsity win.
    "We have to put that freshman out there and get him in game situations, bases-loaded type situations," Noland said. "You put a freshman out there in a high school game and tell him he's got to get two outs, adrenaline starts running.
    Page 2 of 2 - "He has pitched well for us and is going to. I'm proud of him."
    Davis closed the door in the bottom of the third, as Hetherington and Ruth had back-to-back RBI hits to give the Wolves a 10-6 lead. Hetherington was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, and Chase Taliferro was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
    Hunter White was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Jordan Wilson and Ruth each had two hits and an RBI for Davis.
    Follow Horne on Twitter: @ekhorneARD

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