The Davis County Mustangs, defending Class 2A baseball champs, opened the defense of their title with a 3-0 win over Twin Cedars Monday night in Bloomfield. The Mustangs backed a combined dominant pitching peformance from Calvin Mathews and Josh Martsching with an errorless defensive effort. Davis County, a team that will really need to adapt to the new bat regulations, had eight hits on the night, two for extra bases.
“The new regs will really make small-ball important” said DC coach Todd White. “Making solid contact, situational hitting, and running the bases will be more important.”
Twin Cedars, coming off a 12-21 season and having only one senior, was more than up for the task of taking on the Mustangs.
“This was a tough opener, but it’s always good to find out where you’re at early in the season,” said TC coach Matt Miller.
Mathews, one of the dominant pitchers in the state, took the mound for the Mustangs. He breezed through his five innings of work with 10 strikeouts — two per inning. A lead-off line drive single to center by Corey Harrell in the fifth was the only baserunner Mathews allowed in his near perfect outing.
“I felt good and I think I was pretty sharp for the first game,” said Mathews. “The hit was solid, so it didn’t bother me. If I’d been in the seventh, I would have been pretty upset.”
Coy Moore started for the Sabers and matched Mathews’ four strikeouts in the first two innings. The Mustangs finally got to Moore in the third. Martsching’s second hit, an RBI double, was followed by a run-scoring single from Mathews.
Martsching, just coming off an ACL rehab, talked abut his game.
“My knee felt good. Hitting, running the bases and my two innings of pitching didn’t bother it at all.”
The Mustangs added a single run in the fourth. Calvin Utt led off with a double and courtesy runner Hunter McClure, scored on a wild pitch.
Martsching came on in relief in the sixth. He registered three strikeouts in his two perfect innings of work.
“I had always planned on spltting the game with Calvin (Mathews) and Josh (Martsching),” added White.
The Mustangs are on the road tonight with a doubleheader in Corydon against Wayne. White talked about the approach his team will take.
“This isn’t the same team we had last year, so any pressure is somewhat self-inflicted this early. We are just looking to improve every game.”
The young Sabers battled Davis County, Class 2A’s top-ranked team, with good pitching and by making plays in the field. Miller talked about what his team can take from the game.
“Our guys should be confident, that defense and not giving games away, is how we can win.”
Davis County 3, Twin Cedars 0
TC 000 000 0 — 0 1 1
DC 002 100 x — 3 8 0
Twin Cedars battery — Moore (LP) (4IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 6K, 2BB), Harrell (2IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 1K, 0BB), Hunter Embrey catching.
Hits — Harrell 1-for-3.
RBI — none. Runs — none.
Davis County battery — Mathews (WP, 1-0) (5IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 10K, 0BB), Martsching (SV) (2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 3K, 0BB), Utt catching.
2B — Martsching, Utt.
Hits — Martsching 2-for-3, Mathews 1-for-3, Clint Foster 1-for-3, Josey Garmon 1-for-3, Utt 1-for-3, Park Mikels 1-for-3, Clayton Kincart 1-for-2.
RBI — Martsching, Mathews. Runs — Jacob Davidson, Martsching, McClure.