Muchukot Gets Winning Hit In 10th Inning

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 28, 2013

By Brian Pitts
Davie Enterprise Record

As Watauga carved out a 6-0 lead over Davie’s varsity baseball team last week at Rich Park, it looked as if Davie was going to turn in a total dud.
Remarkably, the War Eagles rallied for a pulsating 7-6, 10-inning win.
“We made our mistakes early, and they made their mistakes late,” coach Bobby Byerly said. “Overall, it was a big win. We told them when it was 6-0 to keep clawing and keep clawing. That shows a little bit of heart right there.”
The first part of the game was a root canal. The War Eagles left the bases loaded four times in all, and they trailed 6-0 after the top of the fourth. They entered the seventh down 6-3.
Elijah Jones reached on an error, but the next two batters were retired. Walks to Karch Arey and Ben Beeson loaded the bases and left a slight crack in the door.
The game appeared all but over when Nick Boswell hit a routine grounder to second. But the throw to first was wide, two runs scored and now the score was 6-5. Matt Vernon drew a walk to load the bases, and Jeremy Walker coaxed a free pass to tie the game.
The score remained 6-6 until the bottom of the 10th. With two outs and nobody aboard, Luke Martin walked. The hero was No. 9 batter Charlie Muchukot, a lefty who lined a walk-off double down the left-field line. Martin scored with ease as unbeaten Davie (5-0) somehow came all the way back for the victory.
After getting two hits, Muchukot moved to .421 for the No. 2 average behind Jones, who had two hits to push his mark to .454.
“I tell Charlie he’s like a second leadoff,” Byerly said. “For the most part, he puts the ball in play. That’s what we want out of that spot.”
Walker went four innings, got a no-decision and remained 2-0. Jones is a machine right now. He threw four scoreless innings in relief, dropping his ERA to 0.77.
“Good things happen to good young’uns sometimes, and he’s one of them,” Byerly said.
Jared Wolfe earned the win – his first varsity win – by shutting down Watauga in the ninth and 10th.
Davie and Alexander Central waged a tremendous battle in Taylorsville. Davie came up short, 2-1, but it was not a bad loss.
While Davie slipped to 5-1, AC improved to 7-0.
“It was a great …