A late rally wasn’t enough for the Mustang baseball team as they suffered an 8-7 loss to Fairfield on July 5. The loss came in the opening game of a doubleheader on Fairfield’s home turf. The Trojans also won the night-cap 12-2.

The Mustangs were down 8-5 going into the top half of the seventh inning. Two quick outs recorded against Trevor Slayton and Kade Tharp put the Mustangs in an even deeper hole.

Draven DeKraai caught a break for the Mustangs when the Trojans mishandled his ground ball hit to the left side of the infield. Clay Collier also caught the Trojans napping with his ground ball to third. Those two errors gave Davis County new life.

Caden Hill’s long fly ball to right was just what the Mustangs needed. Both DeKraai and Collier scored on the play. Unfortunately, the inning and the game were cut short when Noah Zmolek grounded out to second base.

The Mustangs played well and even used some defense early to keep Fairfield at bay. A 4-6-3 double play helped the Mustangs get out of a jam in the first inning.

Fairfield took advantage of five second-inning walks and a single to left to score three runs. The Trojans picked up another run in the third off a solo home run to left field.

Offensively, The Mustangs struggled in the first inning, but bounced back in the second to gain a 2-0 lead. DeKraai doubled and Collier walked to get the inning going. The Mustangs implemented a double steal to get both runners in scoring position. DeKraai scored on a wild pitch while Collier moved in to score on a groundout from Zmolek.

Owen Bennett and Trevor Slayton paired up in the third inning to score for the Mustangs. Bennett singled to right. Slayton followed with an RBI double scoring Bennett before a pair of strikeouts ended the inning.

The Mustangs were down 4-3 going into the fourth inning, but that didn’t last long. Collier began the inning reaching on an error. Hill singled and the Mustangs were in business. Kaleb Wagler reached on an error and Garl Norman Walked to help score two more runs. The Mustangs took a 5-4 lead into the bottom half of the fourth inning.

Fairfield loaded the bases in the bottom half of the fourth using a pair of walks, a dropped third strike and a hit to right. One of the two walks produced the RBI score the run and tie the game at 5-5.

The two teams played through a scoreless fifth inning. The Mustangs couldn’t get anything going in the sixth, setting up Fairfield’s chance to rally in the bottom of the sixth.

The Trojans benefited from a two-run homer and a solo home run to push their lead to 8-5 and set up the seventh inning drama for the Mustangs. Davis County’s seventh inning rally fell short forcing them to settle for the heartbreaking 8-7 loss.

Game one                 R H E

DC    021    200    2    7 6 0

FF     031    103    X    8 8 5

Pitching—Kaleb Wagler, 1.2 innings, 3 runs, 1 hit, 3 strikeouts and 6 walks. Kade Tharp, 3.1 innings, 3 runs, 5 hits, 6 strikeouts and 3 walks. Trevor Slayton, L, 1 inning, 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 strikeouts and 1 walk.

Hits—Hill, 2; Slayton, 1; Tharp, ; Bennett, 1 and DeKraai, 1.

RBI—Noah Zmolek, 2; Slayton, 1; and Hill, 1.

Fairfield 12, Davis County 2

The Mustangs came out strong in game two, but quickly saw the offensive production drop off and the Trojans take control of the game.

In the top half of the first inning, Slayton started the Mustang rally with a one-out double. Tharp reached on an error and Davis County had runners on the corners. Tharp moved into scoring position uncontested before DeKraai’s walk loaded the bases with just one out. Collier walked and Hill singled to bring in both Slayton and Tharp.

Those two represented the 2-0 lead and were the only two Mustangs to score for the rest of the night.

Owen Bennett reached base in the second inning after being struck with a pitch. After that, Davis County did not have another base runner until Tharp doubled with one out in the fifth inning. DeKraai and Hill both  followed with walks, but all three were stranded on the bases.

Fairfield capped off Davis County’s night with a 5-4-3 double play to squash a Mustang rally in the sixth and preserve the win.

After falling behind 2-0, Fairfield unloaded on Davis County pitching for the rest of the night. The Trojans pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of three Mustang errors to score their runs.

Six of Fairfield’s 12 runs came in the first two innings. Four hits and a Mustang error led to a four-run first inning. A pair of RBI doubles and a walk drove in two more in the second inning.

Fairfield rallied for a five-run fourth. Three hits, two walks and an error pushed those five runs across and boosted the Trojans to an 11-2 lead.

The game ended in the bottom of the sixth when Fairfield scored one more run courtesy of a leadoff walk and a wild pitch. That one run pushed the Trojans lead to 12-2 implementing the 10-run mercy rule and ending the game.

Game two           R H E

DC    200    000    2 3 3

FF     420    501    12 12 2

Pitching—Hill, L, 3 innings, 7 runs, 9 hits, 2 strikeouts and 1 walk. Zmolek, 2.2 innings, 5 runs, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts and 3 walks. Carson Maeder, 1 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 strikeouts and 0 walks.

Hits—Slayton, 1; Tharp, 1 and Hill, 1.

RBI—Collier, 1 and Hill, 1.