JV baseball hammers East Forsyth

Published 11:01 am Tuesday, April 16, 2024

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Davie’s JV baseball team could breathe a sigh of relief last week. It ended a three-game slide and earned its first win in 24 days by turning up the offensive volume several notches at East Forsyth.

The third loss in a row came in a nonconference game at Hickory Ridge on April 8. The War Eagles watched a 4-0 lead in the top of the first quickly vanish, partly because they committed seven errors and also because three pitchers issued eight walks.

Davie’s six hits came from Ayden Sanders (1-3), Nate Barr (1-2, walk), Colin Harrison (1-3), Tanner Steinour (1-2, walk) and Josh Fisher (1-3). Hayden Potts drew a pair of walks.

Davie was outhit 10-7 by the Ragin’ Bulls, who put up crooked numbers in all four of their at-bats.

Davie 15, EF 8

On Friday at East Forsyth, Davie was down 2-0 before a nine-run avalanche in the top of the third. That sent the War Eagles to a lopsided victory in five innings.

In the merry-go-round third, Davie mixed five hits with five walks and two errors. Ryan Williams had two hits and three RBIs in the third alone.

For good measure, the War Eagles put up a six-spot in the fifth. Bubby Byington and Harrison had singles and East helped Davie (4-6) with four errors.

Williams finished 2 for 3 with a double.

“We’ve seen potential, especially at the plate,” varsity coach Joey Anderson said of the sophomore. “For the most part, he’s always swung the bat, as long as he doesn’t get under it and try to drive it out. He’s been working really hard in practice, and with (Josh) Fisher going down with possibly a season-ending arm injury, Ryan got his chance and he took advantage of it.”

Harrison also had two hits, going 2-4 with two runs and two RBIs.

“He changed his swing,” Anderson said. “He was very long and he was casting his hands quite a bit. He’s another one who’s been working really hard in practice.”

Potts (1-3, walk), Blake French (1-4, two runs) and Byington (1-4, two runs, two RBIs) had one hit each.

“Hayden’s going to be a steady guy for years to come,” Anderson said. “I mean, you’re going to hear that name quite a bit. He’s very scrappy.

“Most of the time Bubby’s going to put something in play, and with his kind of speed, that’s all he has to do.”

Nick Cannon got the win in his first high school start on the mound. Although he walked five, he held East to two hits over four innings and he struck out five.

“For his first start, he threw halfway decent,” Anderson said. “It was good to see him break in and do well.”