JV baseball earns most wins in 6 years
Published 9:31 am Thursday, May 2, 2019
By Brian Pitts
Davie Enterprise Record
Davie’s JV baseball team tore through Reagan twice, won its final seven games and finished with the most wins (15) in six years.
The only losses were 9-2 and 10-8 to West Forsyth, which finished 19-0, and 4-1 to Southeast Guilford.
“I wish we would have shown up better against West Forsyth, but all in all, I’m proud of the guys,” coach Joey Anderson said after Davie finished 15-3 overall and 8-2 in the Central Piedmont Conference. That means Davie is 29-6, 16-4 in two years. “After the West games, they started buying into what coach (Bradley) Rudisill and I are trying to do. His (varsity) group started buying in a little earlier than mine did. Man, I’m proud of all the guys. They’ve all had some playing time and they’ve all stepped up.”
In a home game against Reagan on April 23, Davie absolutely torched the Raiders, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the first and winning 13-2 in four and a half innings.
Josh Westmoreland (3-3), Jack Reynolds (2-3), Reid Cunningham (2-3) and Vance Visser (2-3) led a 12-hit attack. Blake Little, Ethan Wilkins and Chase Robertson had one each.
“We finally hit the ball to my expectations,” Anderson said. “It was cruise control (after the first).”
Wilkins impressed again on the mound as Davie notched its fifth win by 10-plus runs. He shoved a three-hitter with one walk and eight strikeouts. He finished off Reagan in 70 pitches.
“He threw real well,” he said. “He started off real well, going right at batters and working it in and out. He could be one of those guys fighting for a starting job (next year on varsity).”
Two days later in Pfafftown, Davie tormented the Raiders again, 10-4.
Wilkins and Westmoreland were terrific at the plate, going 4 for 5 and 3 for 3, respectively. (Westmoreland did not make an out in two games against Reagan.) Little (2-4) and Cunningham (2-3) also had multiple hits as Davie collected 15 base knocks.
Davie built a 3-0 lead and breezed as five pitchers combined for a six-hitter. This marked the return of one of Davie’s top arms, Zach Rodgers, who started and worked two scoreless innings.
“He was cleared to throw up to 40 pitches,” Anderson said. “He’s been out most of the season. He got hurt right before we played West Forsyth. I would have loved to had him against them. I think it would have been different if we’d had him.”
After Will Summers worked the third and fourth, Tyler Steele, Visser and Logan Allen logged one inning each.
Davie finished with the most wins since 2013, when Aaron Hollifield’s squad went 15-2.