Baseball

Davis County catcher Caden Hill chases a Knoxville base runner during this play in last Friday night's South Central Conference game. Hill and the Mustang defense caught this runner off base and chased him for a short time in a 'run-down' situation before recording the out. The play helped preserve a 2-0 shutout victory.

Davis County’s victory over Knoxville Friday night looked almost identical to their win Thursday night. The Mustangs traveled to take on the Panthers and again won by a score of 2-0.

Owen Bennett and Trevor Slayton led off the game with singles. Draven DeKraai laid down a nice sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third.

Noah Zmolek hit a ball hard that the second baseman couldn’t handle. The error allowed both runners to score. Zmolek was thrown out at second trying to advance to second base.

Zmolek getting thrown out at second base cost the Mustangs another run as Clay Collier tripled in the next at bat. Collier was left stranded but the Mustangs held a 2-0 lead.

Davis County’s baserunning cost them a few runs in this game. Four Mustang baserunners were picked off throughout the game. Three of those runners were tagged out on the base paths. The fourth runner was only able to avoid being called out because a Knoxville fielder dropped the ball while trying to tag the runner.

Pitching was again the key to the Mustangs’ victory. Kaleb Wagler was dominant as the starter. He threw 5 1/3 innings on one hit ball and struck out ten Panthers.

Wagler did get into a little trouble in the fourth inning. A walk, an error on a bunt, and a hit batter loaded the bases with one out. Caden Hill threw down to third and caught the runner napping for the second out of the inning. Then Wagler shut the door with a strikeout to end the threat.

Hill came on in relief of Wagler in the sixth inning and shut down the Panthers with a couple of runners on base. Hill closed out the game, giving up just one hit and striking out two batters.

Davis County won their fourth consecutive game with a 2-0 shutout of Knoxville.  

Score by innings        R H E

DC       200    000    0    2 6 1

K         000    000    0    0 2 2

Pitching—Wagler, W, 5.1 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 10 strikeouts and 3 walks. Hill, 1.2 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts and 0 walks.

Hits—Slayton, 3; Bennett, 1; Collier, 1 and Norman, 1.

RBI—Noah Zmolek, 2.