Baseball Controls CPC Destiny

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 26, 2012

By Brian Pitts
Davie Enterprise Record

The Davie baseball team entered the week with four straight wins. If Davie can win the next four in the Central Piedmont Conference, it can do something that hasn’t been done since the 1992-93 seasons, when the War Eagles claimed back-to-back CPC championships.
The War Eagles brushed aside visiting Mt. Tabor 4-1 last week to avenge a 4-3 loss at Tabor and to remain one game behind co-leaders West Forsyth and Reagan. But if they win out, the worst they can do is tie for first.
“So this is a big week for us,” coach Mike Herndon said after Davie improved to 13-3 and 4-2 in the CPC.
The Spartans have struggled at the plate all year, so facing Corey Randall and Ryan Foster on the same night wasn’t exactly a promising scenario for the visitors. Davie’s 1-2 punch delivered just as Herndon had hoped.
In 5 2/3 innings, Randall gave up one hit, one run, improved to 4-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.85. The only time he wobbled was in the fourth, when a hit batsman and three walks pushed in Tabor’s lone run. In turn, that was also Randall’s defining moment. With the bases loaded, none out and the game tied, Randall escaped any further damage by sandwiching two ground outs with a strikeout.
“Corey pitched real well,” Herndon said. “He had one shaky inning, but he got out of it with only one run. He was really good. He was around the strike zone the rest of the game.”
Foster, who made his first relief appearance after making seven starts and collecting five wins, was terrific while earning the save. He struck out three batters in 1 1/3, and 14 of his 18 pitches were strikes as Davie defeated Tabor for the fourth time in five meetings.
Meanwhile, Davie’s offense took down a guy who was coming off a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts. In this one, Michael Wells gave up seven hits in six innings, walked three and struck out six.
“We did a great job of hanging in there and battling,” Herndon said. “We had some good at-bats and made some adjustments.”
Davie scored in the first. After Nick Boswell walked, Herndon called for a hit-and-run. Foster executed it beautifully, lacing a run-scoring double down the right-field line.
Foster was the only War Eagle with multiple hits, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs. The performance lifted his average to .387, second to Randall among regulars, and raised his RBI total to 18, one behind leader Matt Vernon.
Although Tabor tied it in the top of the fourth, Davie answered right back in the bottom half.
Garrett Nestor started it with a walk. Will Beeson put down a sac bunt, and Karch Arey followed with a bunt hit. A throwing error on Arey’s bunt allowed Nestor to score. Ben Beeson’s RBI double fanned the flames. Foster’s single plated the fourth and final run of the game …