Shawnee — Stonewall sophomore Tana Davis saved the day for the Lady Longhorns Wednesday afternoon during a first-round matchup with Frontier at the Class 2A State Tournament held at The Fields at Firelake.
And she did it over and over and over again.
Davis, the SHS third baseman, started a double play to get Stonewall out of a second-inning jam, smacked a two-out double off the wall in the bottom of the fifth to drive in three runs and give her team the lead and got the Lady Longhorns out of a bases-loaded predicament in the top of the seventh inning that preserved a 5-3 win over upset-minded Frontier.
“Tana pulled us out of a hole a couple of times. She made that defensive play in the second inning ... and of course she had that big hit that cleared the bases,” said Stonewall head coach Brian Davis. “And then she had that double play right there at the end. She came up big today.”
No. 1 Stonewall advanced to the semifinals with a 30-11 record while the 11th-ranked Lady Mustangs are done at 16-5. The remaining results of the Class 2A State Tournament were unavailable at press time. A complete wrapup will appear in Friday’s edition of The Ada News.
The Lady Longhorns overcame three errors and six uncharacteristic walks by the usual steady pitcher Katelyn Campise that made things more interesting than they probably should have for the local slow-pitch powerhouse.
“Our youth and inexperience up here showed. We had some nerves that first game and made some mistakes we normally don’t make,” Davis said of his senior-less ‘Diaper Gang.’ “We still found a way to squeeze it out and hopefully we got that out of our system.”
Frontier scored two runs in the top of the first to grab the quick lead. Leadoff hitter Thristian Young walked and scored on a double down the left field line by Alivia Molina, who later raced home on a ground ball off the bat of Marissa Goodman.