JV baseball splits first two games

Published 12:51 pm Tuesday, March 7, 2023

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Hunter Potts rapped two hits, Josh Whitaker pitched effectively in relief and Davie’s JV baseball team rallied to a 6-3 win at Alexander Central in the Davie coaching debut for Brandon Thalasinos on Feb. 28.

Facing a 2-0 deficit, Davie charged in front with a five-run third. Gray Collins doubled, Christopher Barringer singled, Corbin Angus singled and Potts doubled before Carson Queen was hit by a pitch. Eli Webber capped the rally with Davie’s fifth hit of the inning, a two-run single.

After Clarke Stem went 2.2 innings as the starter, Whitaker, a freshman and the younger brother of varsity pitcher Cole Whitaker, earned the win by holding the Cougars to one run over three innings. He struck out three. Webber recorded the final out.

Davie outhit AC 6-5 as Potts went 2 for 3 with a double. Davie got one hit from Webber (1-2), Collins (1-3, double), Barringer (1-2, two runs) and Angus (1-2, walk).

It was a well-played game with only one error (by AC).

Carson 10, Davie 5

The War Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but they surrendered five runs in the last three innings and lost a home on March 1.

With Logan Allen and Barringer aboard in the second, Angus singled. With two outs, Potts knocked in two with a hit that gave Davie the 3-0 lead.

The lead disappeared in the Carson third, when the Cougars parlayed four hits, a hit batsman, an error and a walk into five runs. Davie never recovered despite hits from eight players.

“We had a lot of base-running mistakes,” varsity coach Joey Anderson said. “That was the discouraging part.”

Queen (2-2, double, two HBPs) and Allen (2-3, walk) paced Davie’s 10-hit attack. Potts (1-4), Collins (1-4), Webber (1-3), Larson Stem (1-2), Ryan Williams (1-1) and Angus (1-3) had one hit each, and Jacob Morgan drew two walks.

Carson overcame six errors by amassing 14 hits against three Davie arms.

“They’re all comparable as far as talent level,” Anderson said of the JV team. “I need a group of nine that’s going to stand out. I might have a kid not doing well on the defensive side, but he’s killing it with the bat. I might have another kid that’s hitting the ball great, but not playing defense. (Thalasinos) has done a good job of making sure everybody kind of gets their shot.