JV baseball rallies for wacky win over Forbush

Published 9:31 am Tuesday, May 21, 2024

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By Brian Pitts

Davie Enterprise Record

No, it wasn’t pretty, but the Davie JV baseball team won a wacky game over Forbush on April 16.

The War Eagles led by four before trailing by five. They would emerge with a 15-13 victory that saw the teams combine for 18 errors – most of them by the visiting Falcons.

“It was ugly on both sides,” Davie varsity coach Joey Anderson said. “I think we had a few more errors than four, but they had quite a few.”

Both teams had nine hits, but Forbush had an abysmal defensive day while committing 14 errors.

The War Eagles faced an 11-6 deficit going into the bottom of the fifth. Although the first two batters were retired, they still managed to cut the margin to 11-9. Two walks and an error loaded the bases. Another error plated two runs.

Davie wiped out the deficit for good in the sixth. After a walk, Luke Foster tripled, then scored on Blake French’s sac fly. After an error and hit batsman, Nate Barr singled. An error was followed by a Ryan Williams single. After yet another error, Foster delivered his second hit of the inning.

At that point, Davie had a 15-11 lead. The Falcons had one last rally in them, but they couldn’t come all the way back in the seventh thanks to Jacob Patton’s solid pitching as Davie’s third arm of the game.

Forbush scored three runs in Patton’s three innings, but only one was earned. He walked none and threw 23 of 32 pitches for strikes.

“Jake Patton was throwing strikes,” Anderson said. “He was coming right at them. He did a great job. He was making them put the ball in play. In a game like that, that’s all you really wanted.”

Davie’s steady leadoff man, Hayden Potts, suffered an injury in the first inning and had to leave. It was pretty awesome watching Dashel Desnoyers come in and go 2 for 4 with two runs and a walk.

“Hayden and Ayden (Sanders) ran into each other and Hayden had to come out,” Anderson said. “Dashel came in and played real well at short. We’re glad Hayden is good, but we’re also glad that Dashel got in and had the game that he had.”

Batting third in the order, Foster matched Desnoyers by going 2-4 as well as driving in two. By scoring 30 runs across two games, Davie picked up its second win in a row. Contributing one hit were Bubby Byington (1-4, two runs), Colin Harrison (1-2, two runs, walk), Barr (1-3, two runs, walk), Tanner Steinour (1-4, three runs) and Williams (1-4).

“Luke had some real good at-bats,” Anderson said.

Watauga 5, Davie 4

Four days later, the War Eagles were less fortunate in a seesaw game in Boone. They had a shoddy showing defensively (four errors) and only mustered three hits. The Pioneers scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to walk it off and overcome its five miscues in the field.

It was another roller coaster game. Davie surged in front in the fifth. After Byington and Steinour had singles, Byington scored on Potts’ sac fly to tie the game. When Steinour scored on an error, Davie was ahead 4-3.

Too bad Davie wound up losing on a day when Harrison (four innings) and Joshua Whitaker (2.1 innings) did not yield an earned run. In the bottom of the seventh, the first batter reached on an error. After a walk, Watauga won it on a double, just its sixth hit of the game.

Steinour went 2 for 2 with two runs and a walk. Byington (1-3) had the other hit.

East 9, Davie 4

Davie drilled East Forsyth 15-8 on April 12, but 10 days later a forgettable outing on defense did the home team no favors in a loss to East.

Davie made five errors and watched a 3-0 lead vanish in the fifth. Sanders and Ty Greene pitched 4.1 and 2.2 innings, respectively. They both gave up one earned run, but East prevailed by only making one error and collecting 10 hits.

Davie’s offensive leaders were Foster (2-3) and Harrison (2-2, two doubles, walk). Potts (1-2) and Ty Sain (1-4) had one hit apiece.

Sweeping Glenn

Davie closed the season by dismantling Glenn twice in a span of three days. The mercy-rule scores were 16-1 and 14-0.

Davie’s final records were 7-8 overall and 4-5 in the Central Piedmont Conference.