Baseball Splits With CPC Rival
Published 12:00 am Monday, May 20, 2013
By Brian Pitts
Davie Enterprise Record
The Davie baseball team’s 12-hit attack at home against Reynolds was a welcome sight. But Davie’s three-hit output at Reynolds was all too familiar.
The entire Central Piedmont Conference race was a roller-coaster ride. The War Eagles went 5-5, going 4-1 in game one of the weekly series against a CPC rival and going 1-4 in game two.
In a competitive sense, the six teams couldn’t be any closer. West Forsyth captured the regular-season title at 8-2, but Davie was good enough to beat West. Mt. Tabor finished last at 1-9, but Tabor was good enough to come extremely close to taking two from Davie. North Davidson was second at 6-4. Davie, Reynolds and Reagan tied for third at 5-5.
The CPC has four state playoff berths. This week’s CPC Tournament at West Forsyth will determine the third and fourth seeds.
“(North Davidson coach Mike) Meadows said he thought top to bottom it was the best conference in the state,” Davie coach Bobby Byerly said. “In any of those games, give up one three-run inning and you’re in big trouble.”
There were a ton of wild and wacky games. Take the final night last Friday. West beat North 3-2 in 10 innings, and Reagan beat Tabor 15-6 in nine innings.
“Whoever goes the furthest in the tournament is going to get the three seed,” Byerly said. “So it’s going to be an interesting week.”
After struggling mightily against CPC pitching, the War Eagles’ bats finally found a groove at home against Reynolds.
Nick Boswell, Charlie Muchukot, Garrett Nestor and Luke Martin led Davie, which came in hitting .193 in league play, to 12 hits as Davie defeated Reynolds 6-3.
“We even made loud outs,” Byerly said. “We had a couple good days of practice with the sticks, so hopefully that’s a good sign that we’re peaking at the right time with the bat.”
Byerly shook up the lineup, throwing a different order at the wall to see if it would stick. His plan worked. Boswell came in hitting .208. Moved to the cleanup spot, he went 3 for 3 with two doubles and lifted his average to .254.
“He had three good at-bats,” he said. “I moved the lineup around to see what happens.”
Muchukot has made a name for himself as a junior. Moving from the nine hole to leadoff, he went 2 for 3. His eight-game hitting streak has raised his average to .350 …