War Eagles blow out SE Guilford

Published 5:22 pm Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Davie’s varsity baseball team closed the regular season in upbeat spirits, outscoring Parkland and Southeast Guilford 42-1 in three games last week.

The sweep of Parkland sealed a second-place finish in the Central Piedmont Conference for the War Eagles, who took a big step forward after finishing tied for third, tied for fifth and sixth the past three years. North Davidson won the league at 11-1 and Davie went 9-3. West Forsyth (8-4), Mt. Tabor (7-5), Reagan (5-7), Reynolds (2-10) and Parkland (0-12) took the 3-7 spots.

We all knew Parkland (2-20 overall) had no hope against Davie. In fact, the Mustangs were completely overmatched by everyone in the CPC. Davie won 18-0 on the road and 15-0 at home, outhitting Parkland 24-2 over two games and making one error while the Mustangs committed six in each one.

In the first game, Chris Reynolds singled and doubled and McKay Chamberlain singled and homered, and Davie got at least one hit from 11 guys, including recent call-ups Cody Hendrix and Carson Whisenhunt. Jalen Scott threw a two-hitter for five innings, producing first-pitch strikes to 16 of 18 batters.

In game two, Isaac Campbell (two innings) and Zach Hudspeth (three innings) combined for a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts. Offensively, Scott singled and doubled twice and Caleb Wallace (2-2, two RBIs), Craig Colbourne (2-4) and Brandon Lankford (2-3, two RBIs) had two hits each.

Davie 9, SEG 1

The noteworthy win from last week was in nonconference play, a 9-1 victory over visiting Southeast Guilford on April 30. Davie (17-4) dismantled a team with formidable talent. The Falcons entered with a seven-game winning streak. They are 20-4 and 9-1, good for first place in the Metro 4-A Conference.

“They didn’t throw their stud, but we played really good,” coach Bobby Byerly said. “We hit the ball really well and had one error on a hot seed.”

Tyler Roberts, who has been outstanding all year in spot starts, worked a two-hitter for six innings to improve to 4-0 with an 0.88 ERA. He had a no-hitter until Southeast opened the sixth with a double. Nathan Harrell closed, recording three outs in 12 pitches.

“Tyler threw well again,” Byerly said. “Honestly, it was one of his lesser games. He threw really well the first two innings. Then he kind of hit a lull. Then he picked it up in (his) last inning. I guess he wasn’t feeling it or whatever, but he held them at bay and we made good plays behind him.”

The top defensive plays came from right fielder Beau Byerly, third baseman Lankford and left fielder Reynolds.

“Beau made three great catches in right,” he said. “Brandon made a great play at third. Chris ran one down the left-field line.”

Roberts was just a part of the quality win. The bats put Southeast to bed with a five-run third. After Scott reached on an error and Colbourne doubled, Lankford tattooed a 3-0 pitch to end his homer draught, the bruised ball sailing over the fence in left-center. Davie wasn’t done. Roberts walked, Nathan Harrell doubled and Ryan Harrell singled as Davie turned a 2-0 lead into a 7-0 bulge.

Lankford broke through after swatting six homers in 2015.

“He knocked an oak tree down in left-center,” Byerly said. “You look like a million bucks if you (give the green light on 3-0) and they hit it. You look like half a penny if they don’t. He got all of it.”

Davie, which has won five straight and eight of nine, only managed six hits, but most of them were screamers. Paul Davenport produced two bullets, one resulting in a hit. N. Harrell rode one to the top of the wall for a double.