Mustangs fall short of district title

Davis County High School catcher Caden Hill (left) just misses the swipe tag on Central Lee's John Snider during Saturday's Class 2A district final baseball game in Donnellson. The teams got into the fifth inning before weather postponed the rest of the game to Monday. Central Lee won 5-4, and will face Wilton in today's substate at Washington.

DONNELLSON — The postponement seemed to do plenty for the Davis County High School baseball team when it came to taking momentum.

Unfortunately for the Mustangs, it wasn't quite enough to complete the comeback.

Trailing by three runs when storms forced the postponement of a Class 2A district final in the fifth inning against Central Lee, the Mustangs tied the game immediately in the fifth, but the Hawks scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth to hang on for a 5-4 win Monday at Central Lee High School.

Central Lee (20-2) will face Wilton in the substate final today in Washington, while Davis County retires at 17-2.

For 4 1/3 innings, the Mustangs were handcuffed by the Central Lee pitching tandem of Waylon Weirather and Dylan Stuecker. However, the layoff paid off against Stuecker in the fifth. After Trevor Slayton scored to cut the deficit to 4-2, Clay Collier ripped a two-run single with two outs to tie the game.

The teams stayed tied until the sixth, when two errors helped the Hawks push across the go-ahead run.

Central Lee jumped on Slayton early in the game Saturday, scoring a run int he opening inning on an RBI single by Luke Simmons. The Hawks added two more in the second as a pair of errors set the stage for leadoff hitter Tyler Hopp, who doubled in Evan Pohren and T.J. Stutes for a 3-1 lead.

The Hawks tacked on another run in the third as Jadon Hawk singled in Simmons and chased Slayton from the game.

Davis County left-hander Kaleb Wagler pitched the final 3 2/3 innings for the Mustangs and kept the ball down to keep Central Lee's hitters off balance.

Stuecker struck out Owen Bennett in the top of the fourth before the storms halted play. Slayton struck out two and allowed eight hits. Collier and Draven DeKraai each had two hits for the Mustangs.