Heroic Effort: Nestor Makes Several Plays In 1-0 Victory
Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 25, 2013
By Brian Pitts
Davie Enterprise Record
The Davie baseball team’s 1-0, nine-inning win over visiting West Forsyth was a testament to Garrett Nestor, who played like there’s no tomorrow.
Let’s start with the 5-2-3 double play in the first. Luke Martin started it, and Nestor, the catcher, fired to Elijah Jones to complete it and keep West off the board.
In the third, Nestor threw out a base stealer to end the inning.
In the eighth, a West batter reached on a throwing error. He tried to take second, but Nestor, who hustled to back up first, nailed him with a laser throw to shortstop Matt Vernon. “Garrett did a great job behind the plate,” coach Bobby Byerly said. “The play where he backed up at first and threw the guy out at second, that was crucial. That was a huge, huge play.”
Want more? After Jones opened the ninth with a hit, Nestor pushed a bunt between the mound and first – into no-man’s land. All hands were safe. Three batters later, Davie (2-1 Central Piedmont Conference) was celebrating a win that kept it tied for first.
Earlier, in Nestor’s first at-bat, hit got his team-high fourth double. What a day for that kid.
West slipped to 1-2 in the CPC. Davie went to extra innings for the third time; it is 2-1 in such games. It improved to 3-2 in one-run contests.
Davie’s pitching was splendid. That’s nothing new. Jeremy Walker went seven and traded zeros with West’s Michael Bates. Walker, who left with a two-hitter, remained 3-0 while trimming his ERA from 2.45 to 1.81. Jared Wolfe emerged with the win after putting up goose eggs in the eighth and ninth. Once again, the staff offset a struggling offense.
“At the first of the year we were wondering what we were going to do on the bump, and our team ERA is under two,” Byerly said. “The pitchers have done a phenomenal job. The thing we have to do is take some of the pressure …