Nestor Has Blazing Start For 4-0 War Eagles
Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 28, 2013
By Brian Pitts
Davie Enterprise Record
Sure, the Davie baseball team is 4-0. That doesn’t mean coach Bobby Byerly is ready to crack a smile. Davie has defeated one solid team. It was supposed to mash the other three. Bigger tests – much bigger – are coming.
“We’ll be tested (this week),” Byerly said. “We’ve got to play a little better than we did the last two games. We were a little lackadaisical out there, thinking we’re world-beaters now.”
In the first game of last week, Davie made a statement in a 9-3 home win over Carson. Cougars coach Chris Cauble trotted out Colton Laws to the mound, and last year he was 4-0 with a 1.01 ERA. He won a playoff game against Corey Seager and Northwest Cabarrus, and he made the all-Rowan County and all-conference teams.
But Davie rolled in impressive fashion. Laws gave up six runs and two homers in the first three innings to end his night early.
Garrett Nestor, who had an RBI single in a three-run first, cracked a two-run homer in a three-run third as Davie surged to a 6-1 advantage. After Charlie Muchukot doubled and Karch Arey bunted for a hit in sixth, Matt Vernon slammed a three-run homer.
Nestor had a blazing start. He was 6 for 7 after two games. The homer to left-center was his first varsity dinger. It’s a dramatic change from last year, when he batted .236 in 38 at-bats.
“He’s hitting it everywhere,” Byerly said. “I think (the home run) caught him by surprise more than anybody else. When he came around third, he was still sprinting.”
Byerly also praised Nestor’s work behind the plate.
“He’s blocking everything up, he’s calling pitches and he’s taking command of the game. He’s really stepped it up the first two games …