By ROGER THOMAS
---- — EDDYVILLE — The South Central Conference baseball doubleheader between Davis County and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont featured two games as different as night and day.
EBF scored 10 runs in the first three innings of game one, coasting to a 10-1 win. In the nightcap, Davis County scored four runs in the opening inning and led throughout the 7-1 victory. The Wednesday night doubleheader was played in Eddyville because of wet grounds in Bloomfield.
The Rockets took a 1-0 lead in their first at-bat. Sophomore clean-up hitter, Treg Van Dorin, delivered a sacrifice fly to center to score the run.
EBF added three second-inning runs. Two of the runs were unearned as the Mustangs committed two errors.
Tanner Allen and Jackson Voyles had back-to-back RBI singles. Voyles would have three game-one hits.
The final run scored when Trevor Swartz grounded into a 6-3 double play. Swartz, the EBF starting pitcher, was in control from the start.
Davis County finally got its first hit in the top of the third, but failed to score. Swartz would scatter six Mustang hits and had six strikeouts in the complete-game outing.
"My first goal is always for us to get the win. Secondly, I like to go the distance with a good pitch count," said Swartz. "I was throwing my change-up for strikes to keep them off balance.”
EBF put the game away in the home half of the inning. The Rockets scored six runs, on five hits, and two Mustang errors.
Jevin Jensen led off with single. After Cory Archer reached base behind him, Jensen would score all the way from second on a wild pitch.
Archer would score the second run on a wild pitch. Voyles added his second hit, Van Dorin had a hit for his second RBI and KJ McCrea singled to score a run. Before the inning was over, Jensen picked up his second hit in the third.
The Rockets had 10 runs on seven hits and left six runners on base in the first three innings. EBF seemed to be in the coast mode as they finished out the game-one win. The three remaining hits were scattered and the Rockets left five more runners stranded over the final three innings.
“That was disappointing that we didn't stay intense at the plate. We probably only hit good for four or five innings of the whole doubleheader," said EBF coach Rod Ashman. "I think the late innings of game one, set the tone for game two.”
Davis County finally got on the board with a single fourth-inning run. Connor Young led off with a single and would score on Matthew Hopkins' sacrifice fly.
Neither team scored again in the game. The Rockets had a chance in the fourth, but a perfect throw by centerfielder Hopkins nailed an EBF runner at the plate.
“I fielded the ball clean coming in and I saw their coach sending him," said Hopkins. "I made a strong throw and thought we had a good chance to get him.”
Both teams had late-inning chances to score, but the scoring was done in game one.
The Rockets left the bases loaded in the fifth, an inning that started with Van Dorin's second hit. Van Dorin, just coming off an injury, talked about hitting in the clean-up spot.
"I try and keep my approach the same for every at-bat,” Van Dorin said. “I'm seeing the ball well right now and I'm just looking to get guys in.”
Game two started just the opposite of game one. The Mustangs scored four first inning runs aided by three Rocket errors. The big hit in the frame was Hopkins' two-RBI single.
EBF cut the lead to 4-1 in the third as Swartz drove in Tanner Allen, who had led off the inning with a single. That was it for the Rockets as Mustang pitcher Jacob Jones would limit them to just one hit over the final four innings.
In his complete game effort, Jones used a number of curve balls to limit the Rockets to four hits while striking out seven.
“I always want to go as far as I can. My curve ball was working and they were swinging at it," said Jones. "Our guys were making plays, so I just had to throw strikes.”
The Mustangs, who committed five errors in the opener, played errorless ball in game two.
“For the most part we have been good defensively,” said Davis County head coach Todd White. "I think that fact, a pitcher throwing strikes, and the fact that nobody likes to lose by nine, were the things that helped us win game two.”
Davis County scored two runs in the sixth to go up 6-1. Jones helped his own cause with an RBI double and Mack Chilton singled to drive in the other run.
The Mustangs' final run came in the seventh. Hopkins opened with a high and deep drive to left that hit part way up on the fence for a double.
“I thought it was going out,” said Hopkins, who would score later in the inning on a wild pitch.
EBF had three base runners in the seventh but failed to score.
“I thought our pitching was pretty good,” said Ashman. “Our defense put us in a hole early in game two and we couldn't play our way out.”
The 7-1 win moves Davis County to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the SCC. The Mustangs will travel to Centerville for another SCC doubleheader at Pat Daugherty Field while the Rockets (2-4, 1-1) host Clarke tonight.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 10, Davis County 1
DC 000 100 0 – 1 6 5
EBF 136 000 x – 10 10 2
Davis County battery – Connor Young (LP) (2IP, 3H, 6R, 3ER, 0K, 3BB) and Saban Goodsen (4IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 3K, 4BB), Drew Thornsberry and Zach Houf catching.
Hits – Bryce Vinyard 2-for-4, Jones 1-for-4, Young 1-for-3, Goodsen 1-for-3, Hopkins 1-for-2.
RBI – Hopkins.
Runs – Young.
EBF battery – Swartz (WP) (7IP, 6H, 1R, 0ER, 6K, 2BB), Chance Wursta catching.
Hits – Voyles 3-for-5, Swartz 1-for-4, Van Dorin 2-for-2, KJ McCrea 1-for-3, Jensen 2-for-3, Tanner Allen 1-for-2.
RBI – Voyles, Swartz, Van Dorin 2, McCrea, Allen.
Runs – Voyles 2, Swartz, Van Dorin , Jensen, Cory Archer 2, Lewie Winkelman, Allen 2.
Davis County 7, EBF 1
DC 400 002 1 – 7 7 0
EBF 001 000 0 – 1 4 5
Davis County battery – Jones (WP) (7IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 7K, 3BB), Thornsberry catching.
2B – Jones, Goodsen, Hopkins.
Hits – Jones 2-for-3, Mack Chilton 1-for-4, Goodsen 1-for-3, Hopkins 2-for-3, Justin Utt 1-for-2 .
RBI – Jones, Chilton, Hopkins 2.
Runs – Jones, Cody Glosser, Chilton, Young, Goodsen, Hopkins, Utt.
EBF battery – Winkleman (LP) (3IP, 2H, 4R, 1ER, 5K, 2BB) and Jensen (4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2K, 0BB), Wursta catching.
Hits – Wursta 1-for-2, Van Dorin 1-for3, Winkelman 1-for3, Allen 1-for-3.
RBI – Swartz.
Runs – Allen.