In a rock-and-roll Thursday that only the playoffs can bring, Davis took three games and 38 runs to come away with as Class 4A regional runner-up and earn a state tournament berth at Davis.

In a rock-and-roll Thursday that only the playoffs can bring, Davis took three games and 38 runs to come away with as Class 4A regional runner-up and earn a state tournament berth at Davis.

“We’re just elated,” Davis coach David Griffin said. “When I got here, Davis didn’t have slowpitch.

“We were just okay the first year, last year we were a couple outs from state and now we’re here. It’s just a great feeling.”

That great feeling was almost derailed in the early going. After leading 14-2 in the third inning, Davis watched its opening opponent Mangum launch a dramatic late comeback to knot the score at 14-all heading into Davis’ final at-bat of regulation.

The pressure didn’t faze Lexi Williams, who slammed a game-winning three-run blast off Mangum starter Emily Garton to pull out the 17-14 win.

When Williams crossed the plate, mobbed by her teammates, it was the sixth RBI of her night. She also slapped a bases-clearing triple in the third after Leah Tigert was intentionally walked to load the bases.

“That was huge for her,” Griffin said. “First to come up big in the third, and then to end the game with the homer was big for her and us.”

Davis was once again part of a nailbiter in the winner’s bracket championship. Trailing Latta by four runs in the top of the seventh, Davis mounted a furious comeback of its own, pulling to within a single run with runners on first and second and no outs.

Unfortunately, the bats ran cold and Davis hit into three straight outs to fall 11-10.

“It was too bad for the girls,” Griffin said. “We just couldn’t get it at the end.”

With Latta wrapping up the regional title, the final chance for Davis to continue its season came in an evening rematch with Mangum. Like the first time, it was an offensive slugfest, with the teams combining for 20 runs and 29 hits.

Also like the first, Davis came out triumphant, earning an 11-9 win that boosted the Wolves record to 14-10 and let the squad play at least one more day.

“I’m just very proud of them,” Griffin said.

Tigert was the offensive star for Davis, putting together a magnificent day that included three home runs, one in each game.

Wilson returns to state in 3A

RUSH SPRINGS — Wilson is back in the state tournament.

The Eagles showed shades of their 2009 state tournament winning team with 12 home runs in three games at the Class 3A regional at Rush Springs on Thursday.

Wilson defeated Rush Springs 17-6 in game 1 behind 18 hits, but were routed by Rock Creek in four, 20-7, in the next contest.
With a place at state on the line, Wilson turned around and took down Rush Springs again, 10-3.

Wilson (22-7) will make its fifth state tournament appearance in coach Scott Hartman’s six years as coach. Last season was the only time the Eagles missed the state tournament in his tenure.

Hartman said this year’s state qualifier compares well to the 2009 title team.

“They’re pretty similar,” Hartman said Thursday. “The team we had then was better athletically, but the team we have now plays well as a team.”

In game 1, Wilson scored eight runs in the fifth and held off Rush Springs in the final frame to win in five innings. Caycee Griffin and Mikayla Greenroyd started the home-run derby with the wind blowing out in game one, each going 3-for-4 with two home runs. Kelsey Idleman added a 4-for-4 day with a homer and three runs scored.

Griffin drove in a team-high four runs and Greenroyd had three RBIs. Danielle Whitener was 2-for-4 with a double.

In game 2, Rock Creek was able to plate 10 runs in its final at-bat to lock up a state tournament spot. Griffin hit her third home run of the day and went 3-for-3 with two RBIs in the loss.

The final game saw the Eagles break out the long ball again. Griffin hit two more home runs to finish with five in the three-game set, Whitener had two homers and Idleman and Greenroyd each added a homer. Six of Wilson’s 16 hits were long balls.

Whitener and Griffin each were 3-for-4 with four RBIs, and Idleman and Greenroyd had two hits apiece.