SHAWNEE — When Davenport needed a clutch hit Friday, they got it from sophomore Annie Waters, twice, in the same inning.
Waters ripped a pair of two-run home runs over the left-field wall in the fourth inning to help propel the Bulldogs to 9-5 win over Sterling in the Class A state softball semifinals.
“It was a very fun experience to do that at the state tournament,” Waters said. “I didn't make any adjustments or anything. I just tried to have more confidence as I got up to bat and once I hit the home run, I really think it made the whole team a lot more confident.”
The Bulldogs struggled to get their offense going early against Sterling pitcher Madison Bradshaw. Through three innings, the senior hadn't given up a hit and had six strikeouts.
“I tell my girls go up there and swing away no matter what,” said Davenport coach Brandy Chavez. “We spend a lot of time hitting and they're ready to do that. It's always just a matter of time before they get going.”
Davenport (26-11), ranked 14th in the final regular-season poll, has now won 12 straight games. The defending state champions are 19-2 since starting the season 6-8.
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