OKLAHOMA CITY — On a day when Davis was hoping to break through to new ground, history found a way to repeat itself.
In a semifinal rematch with Dale, the Wolves once again were bounced from the Class 4A slowpitch state tournament by the Pirates, falling 19-6 on Wednesday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
The game was tied 6-6 heading into the fifth inning, when Dale went on a mammoth 13-run frame, 11 of which came with two outs, to effectively end any chance of a Davis (21-5) comeback.
Dale went on to lose in the championship game, 12-10 to Tushka.
"There's just not really much you can do," Davis coach David Griffin said. "We either walked them or they hit it where we weren't."
It looked like fate was on the side of the Wolves early, as Davis jumped to a quick 3-0 lead on the strength of a Kendal Rogers RBI single, followed by a two-run hit from Becky Wilson.
Dale quickly responded in the top of the second inning, picking up four consecutive hits with two outs to pull within one.
The Pirates took the lead in the third inning on a two-run hit up the middle, then added two more to earn a 6-3 advantage.
Davis would rally in the fourth, with Skye Martin, Casady Webb and Lexi Williams each blasting two-out RBI singles to tie the game.
That's when things went south, as Davis pitcher Sarah Tahlmage found the zone pinched, leading to several walks, and the Pirates put together four walks and six hits to score 11 runs with two men out.
"Give them credit, they were just good," Griffin said. "They're really good."
For the Wolves, it was a disappointing end to the year, but Griffin was pleased with the campaign overall, especially the back-to-back state tournament appearances.
"How many teams get to do that?" Griffin said. "We have a lot to be proud of for what they have accomplished.
"It was great that the town came out to support us, like they always do."
Griffin also gave credit to his senior class of Rogers, Martin and Kelsey Pickett for the leadership and drive they provided both on and off the field.
"My seniors have meant so much to this team and this program," Griffin said. "I'm real proud of them, real proud."
As for the future, Webb, Wilson, Jaycee Sanders and the rest of the lineup will return with a vengeance, and something to prove.
"We've got a young bunch that's going to be really good," Griffin said. "We'll be alright."
Davis advanced to the semifinals after walloping Liberty 10-0 in the quarterfinals.
Rogers finished that contest 3-for-4 with three RBIs, while Webb and Sanders each added triples for the Wolves.
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