The Mustang baseball team disposed of Van Buren 7-1 in the semifinal round of the Class 2A District Tournament on July 13. Wet weather forced the Mustangs to begin tournament play on July 12 with a nine-inning walk-off win over Central Lee.
The Mustangs used that momentum to score seven runs against a Van Buren team that struggled a bit with its pitching. The Mustangs took advantage of six walks in the game and were led by Clay Collier who had two hits in the game.
The Mustangs scored early and never trailed in this game. Collier sparked the Mustang offense in the top half of the first inning with a double to deep left. He went to third on a passed ball and scored easily when Dawson Townsend hit a ground ball back up the middle. The Mustangs led 1-0 before Van Buren picked up a bat.
Davis County padded its lead in the top half of the second when the bottom of the batting order found ways to get on base. Caedyn Glosser and Easton White both secured walks to get on base. Nolan Cremer also walked with one out.
Collier picked up his second hit of the game and put it in deep center. Glosser and White both scored on the hit. The Mustangs tried to score Cremer from first base, but he was thrown out at the plate for the second out of the inning. The Mustangs took a 3-0 lead.
Coach Todd White chose to go with freshman pitcher Justin Matheney in this game. Matheney pitched just one other game this season but was pitching like a veteran pitcher against the Warriors in this game.
Matheney gave up a hit in the first inning band relied on his teammates to play good defense and get him out of the first inning with ease.
Van Buren’s Bailey Roen tagged Matheney for a one-out single in the second inning. Will Mertens walked on five pitches. Taylor Sprouse put Van Buren on the scoreboard with an RBI single to right. Roen scored on the play and represented Van Buren’s only run in the game.
The Mustangs got Matheney out of the inning with a double play after Glen Goodson caught a ball in right field and fired the ball to Glosser at shortstop. Mertens was caught off base when Goodson made the play. Glosser had to make a diving play to get Mertens out, but was successful in applying the tag to end the inning.
Matheney gave up just three more hits in the game. Van Buren managed to put base runners on base in every inning of this game. Matheney and the Mustangs overcame three errors to keep the Warriors from scoring again.
After playing through a scoreless third and fourth inning, Davis County got back on the board in the top of the fifth. Carson Maeder sparked that rally with a one-out walk. After stealing second, he scored when Reeves' RBI single found the right field corner.
Davis County capped off the win with a three-run rally in the top half of the seventh inning. Hits from Noah Zmolek, Glosser and White all got the rally going with one out. Zmolek scored on White’s hit to left. Glosser scored on a sacrifice fly hit by Gavin McCall to right field. White managed to scamper home on a passed ball. The rally put Davis County up 7-1.
The Mustangs overcame a seventh-inning hit with two outs by the Warriors to win the game 7-1. The victory set up the South Central Conference rematch between Davis County and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont in the District 12 championship game.
Score R H E
DC 120 010 3 7 7 3
VB 010 000 0 1 5 0
Pitching—Matheney, W, 7 innings, 1 run, 5 hits, 1 strikeout and 4 walks.
Hits—Collier, 2; Townsend, 1; Zmolek, 1; White, 1; Reeves, 1 and Glosser, 1.
RBI—Collier, 2; Townsend, 1; White, 1; McCall, 1 and Reeves, 1.