OKEMAH — In Davis, it is the softball team that is taking the headlines this week.
The Wolves completed their run to the Class 3A state tournament, rallying past Holdenville in a convincing 14-3 win Thursday afternoon.
Davis started out slowly, falling behind 2-0 in the first inning. The Wolves took a 3-2 lead in the third and never looked back, pile driving Holdenville into basketball season.
"We are pretty pumped up about having a chance to go back (to state)," Davis coach David Griffin said. "We started out slow, and then we went up 3-2 and we were okay. We beat the ball up pretty well. We crushed it and had a few bounce off the wall.
"This is the second time in three years we have been to state in fast pitch. Since I have been here, we have been four times, counting slow pitch. I'm getting used to it, and the girls are elated. I told the girls to savor the moment."
The Wolves finished with 15 hits, with a number of girls sharing the spotlight. Casady Webb shined, going 3-for-4 at the dish with three runs and a game-high five RBIs on two doubles and a triple. Torrye Britt was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, and senior Lexi Williams was 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs. Konlee Dulaney and Jolie Romine each had two hits in the winning effort.
Freshman Macie Buckaloo picked up her third win in three regional outings, throwing five innings and giving up the three runs, none of which were earned. She gave up four hits and struck out eight while allowing only one free pass.
"We have four and five freshman starters, depending on which group we have out there," Griffin said. "We are so young. It is good for them, good for everybody and good for the coach. They will get the feeling of playing at the state tournament, and the town turns out for it. It is just an exciting time they will never forget for the rest of their lives. Not every team gets to go to state, and it is a big time in their life."
Davis will play travel to Blanchard for a game Monday to warm up for their state opponent, which will be announced Monday.