KAYSVILLE — The best way to come back from early deficits is to do it slowly, steadily and patiently — not try and make up all those runs with one swing of the bat.
Davis High had to be patient for its senior day game against Fremont, which was pushed to Wednesday because of Tuesday’s rainstorm.
The Darts’ patience was rewarded in the bottom of the eighth inning when junior Lexi Sunderland hit a walk-off single to center field in a 3-2 win over the Silverwolves.
Sunderland was especially patient. She felt her previous at-bats weren’t good (a groundout in the fourth inning and an infield fly in the sixth that actually landed).
“You have to forget, even if you don’t get a hit, you have to come back next time and do better,” Sunderland said.
A little less than 11 miles away at Syracuse High, Layton was celebrating the Darts’ win because it means the Lancers clinched at least a share of the Region 1 title.
Davis’ win also denied Fremont (15-7, 9-2 Region 1) a chance at an outright title and the Silverwolves must beat Syracuse and hope Layton loses to Davis to forge a split region title.
Davis (14-5, 8-3) is out of the region title race but may yet finish second if results pan their way in the regular-season finale.
The Silverwolves got on the board in the second inning on a Kya Wilmott pitch that skirted past catcher Rachel Stott. The lead went to 2-0 in the third inning on an RBI single by Stalee Hadley.
At that point, the writing on the wall suggested the Darts were going to go home ruing some missed opportunities.
Britney Brklacich led off the bottom of the fourth with a double and Wilmott singled to give Davis a two-on, no-out situation.
The Darts came away with just one run and that was thanks to an error.
In the sixth, Davis loaded the bases thanks to a Brklacich single, a Wilmott double and an infield fly ball by Sunderland that no Fremont player claimed.
The only run scored that inning came from a Paige Elkins sacrifice fly, making it 2-2.
Earlier, Fremont shortstop Rylie Bennett snagged Elkins’ hard ground ball up the middle and turned a double play on what would normally be a base hit for Elkins, a senior who plays third base.
“Those are always a little bit disappointing. It’s good though, we fought through it,” Sunderland said of the missed chances.
In the top of the seventh, Stott, playing catcher, threw out Fremont’s Hunter Pales at second base, who was trying to steal.
Silverwolves pitcher Kynlee Hoggan shut Davis down 1-2-3 in the bottom half with two strikeouts, fist pumping on her way to the dugout.
Wilmott returned the favor in the eighth, shutting Fremont down in order. With two outs in the bottom half, Sunderland drove home the winning run with a hard single to center field.
“We wanted to win for our seniors. I think we knew we could do it, we were all a little bit nervous because of the anticipation, but we came out there and we just held them,” Sunderland said.