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David City Juniors season comes to a close

July 19, 2018

All good things must come to an end.

This is the case for the David City Juniors American Legion baseball team whose season is over after losing two games in the district tournament.

After defeating Dwight on July 8, David City faced Louisville-Weeping Water on July 9 in a must-win game. David City dominated for almost the whole game and won the contest 9-5.

David City was hot right from the start of the game. In the bottom of the first David City’s Andy Lyons was leading off. Facing a 1-2 count Lyons belted a single and got the momentum rolling in David City’s favor.

Kyle Napier kept the bats hot when he stepped to the plate with one out. He blasted the ball for a double and brought Lyons home giving David City a 2-0 lead.

Dylan Vodicka then joined the hit parade with a single of his own, along with Kolby Baer who hit a single.

David City continued their hot hitting when Konner Adamy hit a double. Vodicka and Baer scored in the inning to give David City a 4-0 lead after the first.

The hosts added one more run in the bottom the second and third innings when Lyons and Adamy scored their second runs of the game extending the lead to 6-0.

The floodgates opened in the fourth when Lyons, Jordan Kracl and Baer all scored to give David City a 9-0 lead.

Louisville-Weeping Water attempted to rally in the sixth. After struggling at the plate all day the away team started to take advantage of some mistakes by the home team.

Louisville-Weeping Water was able to score five runs due to one batter being hit by a pitch, four errors and a hit to make the score 9-5.

Despite the poor inning David City held on for the victory and now had a chance to play a game to get into the district championship.

Wilber 6, David City 5

On July 10, David City took on Wilber in an elimination game.

This ended up being the last game of the season for David City who lost 6-5 after giving up a four-run inning.

David City once again took an early lead thanks to Lyons who hit a single and scored a run in the first inning.

Wilber responded with a run of their own as their leadoff batter got to first base on an error and scored later in the inning tying the game at 1-1.

Wilber scored once again in the third to take a 2-1 lead.

David City responded in the top of the fourth.

Napier was leading off and on the first pitch hit a double. Baer advanced to first thanks to an error and Josh Uhmacher hit a single as well. Napier and Baer scored during the inning to give David City a 3-2 lead.

Not to be outdone, Wilber one-upped David City with a four-run inning in the bottom of the fourth to get the lead back. They led 6-3 after the bottom of the fourth.

With the game starting to drift away David City needed to act fast. Keegan Lavicky was the leadoff batter and reached on an error by Wilber.

Lyons came through clutch again when he contributed with a single. Napier also did everything he could, as he blasted a double.

Vodicka hit a single as well, but despite all the hits only Napier and Lavicky reached home plate and the score was 6-5.

David City was unable to get the bats going again and lost 6-5.

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press Reach him via email at peter.huguenin@lee.net