Mustangs split

Dawson Townsend prepares to unleash this pitch during the second game of a doubleheader against Albia last week. Townsend struck out three and did not give up a walk. The Mustangs held off an Albia rally late to score a 5-4 win in the game.  (Photo by Eric Roberts.)

Mustangs split twin-bill with Albia

The Mustang baseball team played through a couple of rough games June 3 as they split a doubleheader with Albia in South Central Conference action. Davis County suffered an 11-2 loss in game one and held off a late rally from Albia in game two to secure the 5-4 win. The win improved Davis County to 3-6 overall.

The Blue Demons took advantage of five Mustang errors and some difficult pitching struggles against the Mustangs in game one. The Blue Demons got on the board early with a run in the top of the first. Jaden Hugen led off the game with a single to left. After a hit batsman put a second runner on base, Albia later scored Hugen on a wild pitch. The Blue Demons loaded the bases with two outs before the Mustangs could get the rally stopped on a ground ball to second base.

After retiring the Mustangs in order in the bottom of the first inning, Albia went back to work in the second inning. The Blue Demons used a couple of walks and a hit to left field to get another rally going. Mustang errors then took a toll on the Mustang defense. Albia scored three runs on errors and added a fourth to take a 5-0 lead.

The Mustangs didn’t even get a base runner until the bottom of the fourth in this game. Dawson Townsend was hit with a pitch to reach base. Noah Zmolek was also hit with a pitch and Davis County had runners on first and second with one out. The Blue Demons made two nice plays on balls hit to the outfield. Those two plays went for outs and ended the Mustang scoring threat.

Albia added a run in the fourth and headed into the fifth with a 6-0 lead. The Blue Demons once again put together a rally with six hits. An RBI double emptied the bases for three of those runs. The fourth scored on an RBI single later in the inning. That put Albia up 10-0.

The Mustangs needed to score in the bottom of the inning to keep the game going. Davis County responded with a walk from Easton White to start the inning. Dalton Reeves singled down the left field line and the two base runners stood there as the next two Mustang batters recorded outs. Clay Collier’s RBI single brought both runners in to score. Townsend also got a hit, but those two runners were left stranded on base when the inning ended.

Neither team scored in the sixth, but the Blue Demons added a run in the top of the seventh to push the team’s lead to 11-2. A Mustang error allowed Albia’s Nathan Wynn to reach base. Hunter DeMoss added an RBI single to left giving Albia that boost once again.

The Mustangs went down in order in both the sixth and seventh innings giving Albia the easy win.

Game one            R H E

A    140    140    1    11 12 0

DC    000    020    0    2 3 5

Pitching—Zmolek, L, 2 innings, 5 runs, 2 hits, 1 strikeout and 4 walks. Reeves, 5 innings, 6 runs, 10 hits, 1 strikeout and 1 walk.

Hits—Townsend, 1; Collier, 1; and Reeves, 1.

RBI—Townsend, 1 and Collier, 1.

Davis County 5, Albia 4

The Mustangs bounced back in the second game to win it 5-4.

Albia did get things going early as they scored a couple of runs in the top of the first inning. Hugen started the game with a triple to deep right. A Mustang error put Wynn on base and Jackson Pence hit a single to left. Hugen scored on an error and Wynn stole home for the 2-0 Albia lead.

Davis County went down quietly in the bottom half of the first inning. Dawson Townsend was struck with a pitch to reach base. Zmolek walked but a fly ball to right hit by Gavin McCall was caught. A strikeout ended the inning without a run being scored.

Townsend struck out two batters in the second to make quick work of the Blue Demons. That set up the Mustangs' chance to take control of the game in the bottom half of the inning.

White reached on an error while Dalton Reeves was hit with a pitch. A wild pitch advanced both runners into scoring position. An Albia error put Clay Collier on base. Townsend drew a walk and Zmolek smacked a single to right. White, Reeves and Collier scored to give the Mustangs their first lead of the night, 3-2.

Both teams brought the defense to the forefront in the middle innings. The Mustangs did commit a couple of errors in those innings, but a 6-2-5 double play got Townsend out of this jam and ended the inning.

Hugen picked up a hit off Townsend in the fifth. The Mustangs responded with a couple of solid defensive plays on the ball to end the inning.

White singled in the bottom of the third to try and get a rally going. After stealing second, he was the only base runner in an inning that was cut short by the Blue Demon defense.

Collier singled in the fourth but was thrown out at second on an attempted steal. The next four Mustang batters were retired in order taking the game into the sixth inning.

Albia continued to struggle finding a hole in the Mustang defense. Davis County retired the side in order and took the game into the bottom of the sixth inning.

White started the inning and reached on an error. Dalton Reeves also reached on an error and the Mustangs were enjoying some much needed success. Nolan Cremer also reached on an error as the Albia defense found some struggling challenges just to field the ball cleanly and get outs. Townsend had a hit later in the inning and the Mustangs plated two runs. The effort helped Davis County push its lead to 5-2 going into the top of the seventh.

Unfortunately, a Mustang error helped the Blue Demons get an early base runner. A double put runners in scoring position before the Mustangs could get an out. Albia scored both base runners as the Mustangs elected to get outs instead of keeping base runners from scoring. The effort helped Albia pull to within a 5-4 deficit with one out remaining. Davis County made a play on that final batter who hit the ball on the ground for an easy out at first base.

Davis County escaped with the 5-4 victory. The Mustangs are now 3-6 overall and are 2-4 in the South Central Conference.  

Game two             R H E    

A    200    000    2    4 5 6

DC    030    002    X    5 4 4

Pitching—Townsend, W, 7 innings, 4 runs, 5 hits, 3 strikeouts and 0 walks.

Hits—Townsend, 1; Zmolek, 1; Collier, 1 and White, 1.

RBI—Zmolek, 1 and Nolan Cremer, 1.