Davidson Academy didn’t have a bevy of hits in Friday’s Division II-A East/Middle Region District 2 tournament championship — six to be exact.
But the Bears made each of the six count.
Alec Harris and Luke Allison blasted back-to-back extra-base hits in Davidson Academy’s three-run sixth inning, propelling the second-seeded Bears to a 4-2 win over top-seeded Franklin Road Academy.
“I struggled at the plate today, came up and was like ‘all right, it’s time,’ ” Harris said of his game-tying triple. “I just felt it.”
“That’s the story of these games, you’ve got to capitalize because scoring opportunities aren’t going to be abundant,” Davidson Academy coach Dennis Winn said. “We just found a way to be clutch a few times.”
Davidson Academy (20-6) secured a first-round bye in next week’s Division II-A East/Middle Region tournament. The Bears return to action Thursday in the region semis at BGA.
Franklin Road Academy (17-5), which plated a pair of fifth-inning runs, hosts Donelson Christian Academy in the region quarterfinals on Wednesday.
“We hope we see them in region and hopefully we can beat them there to host a sub-state game,” FRA junior Kenny Cooper said. “Our goal isn’t really to win a district championship, it’s to win a state championship.”
Panthers pitcher Peyton Warren floated through the first three innings, retiring the first nine Davidson Academy batters in order. The Bears got to the junior right-hander in the fourth, though.
“We’ve been facing lefties pretty much this whole tournament,” Harris said. “They brought a righty tonight. It took some time, but we settled in, waited for our pitches and started driving the ball.”
The Bears seized a 1-0 advantage on Allison’s fourth-inning RBI single, scoring Xavy Corcino.
“We got on the boards first, but they came back and it was 2-1,” said Allison, who finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs. “We kept our composure the whole time, and just knew we were going to win it. We trusted each other and just did the job.”
Davidson Academy’s Hayden Hollingsworth, who came on in relief of Robbie Young in the fifth, was credited with the win. Warren was tagged with the loss for BGA.
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