David City Sweeps Pair from Schuyler
David City brought their defending state champion American Legion baseball teams to Schuyler’s Merchant Park on Tuesday, June 12 and left with a pair of impressive victories. The Juniors defeated Schuyler by a score of 14-0 and the Seniors dealt Schuyler a 14-3 setback in a contest that was much closer than the final score indicated.
In the Juniors game David City parlayed six hits and nine Schuyler errors into nine unearned runs to forge a 9-0 lead after three innings of play.
Easton Hall was the starting pitcher for Schuyler. In 2 2/3 innings of work he allowed only two hits while walking four and striking out three, but he was assessed with all nine of the unearned runs due to the sloppy play in the field. Dylan Vodicka picked up the victory for David City throwing three strong innings of four hit, shut-out ball while striking out five Schuyler batters and walking only one.
Andy Lyons scored the first run for the visitors in the first inning. He led off by reaching base on a fielding error then later scored on a stolen base, another error, and a sacrifice fly to left field off the bat of Kolby Baer.
David City added three more runs in the second inning. Will Eller scored on a wild pitch, Keegan Lavicky scored on an error, and Lyons scored on yet another Schuyler error putting the hosts in a 4-0 hole.
A five-run third inning blew the game wide open for the visitors. A two-run double by Vodicka with two outs was the big blast in the inning.
David City tacked on five more runs in the fifth inning making the score 14-0.
Schuyler mounted six hits on offense but were unable to send any of their base runners across home plate. Logan Nelson led Schuyler going 2-2 with a pair of singles. Khamden Cone, Juan Gonzalez, Easton Hall, and Logan Johnson each had a single for Schuyler.
The Schuyler Juniors dropped to 2-5 on the season with the defeat.
The Schuyler Seniors put on an impressive showing in their battle against D.C. Starting pitcher Preston Anderson pitched four innings of three-hit scoreless baseball as the two teams battled to a 1-1 stand-off heading into the fifth inning.
David City finally got to Anderson in the top of the fifth inning when David City touched him for five runs. Juan Gonzalez came on in relief and pitched 1 1/3 innings allowing 3 runs on only one D.C. hit. He struck out two and walked three. Tyler Kohl pitched the seventh inning allowing five runs on three hits while striking out one and walking three.
According to Schuyler coach Robin Burton, “I was very pleased through the first four innings before we fell apart. Preston Anderson pitched very well for us through four plus innings. He had three different pitches working for strikes tonight and kept the David City hitters off balance most of the night.”
David City’s Nolan Hartman started on the mound and matched Anderson pitch for pitch allowing Schuyler only one run on two hits, striking out three and walking three. Joe Reimers followed with three more impressive innings allowing one run on no hits striking out eight and walking a pair of Schuyler hitters. Matt Nadrchal closed out the contest with an inning of work. He allowed one earned run on no hits while striking out two and walking three.
David City drew first blood in the top of the first inning. Andy Lyons led off with a single to left, stole second base, and raced home on a single by Tyler Vavrina to make it 1-0. Anderson settled down to retire the next three batters in order.
Schuyler knotted the score in the bottom of the third inning. Nolan Healy led off with a walk then advanced to second base when Mason Kovar grounded back to the pitcher. Anderson stroked a single up the middle sending Healy to third base with one out. Auston Hall followed with a sacrifice fly to right field scoring Healy from third to even the score at 1-1.
David City flexed their muscles in the fifth inning with a five-run explosion. The key hits in the frame were a pair of two-RBI singles, one each, by Simon Krenk and Jack Jakub giving David City a 6-1 lead.
Schuyler scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning without the benefit of a hit. Hall led off with a walk, advanced to second on a walk to Kohl, stole third base, then crossed the plate on a wild pitch by Reimers making it 9-2.
David City blew the game wide open with five more runs in the top of the 7th inning. Reimers had the big hit in the inning on a double hit to deep center field that drove in two runs. Hartman drove in Reimers with an RBI single to close out the scoring for the visitors.
Schuyler was able get their first two batters on base in the bottom of the inning. Healy and Kovar drew back to back walks. Both runners then advanced on a wild pitch by Nadrchal placing them on second and third. Another wild pitch plated Healy making it 14-3.
The quiet bats continued to be a problem for Schuyler. “We’re still not being aggressive enough at the plate. Out hitters are getting themselves in too many two-strike counts where the pitcher has the advantage,” stated Burton. “We need to jump on good pitches early in the at-bat to give ourselves a better chance to reach base.”
Juan Gonzalez and Preston Anderson he had a single in three attempts for Schuyler at the plate. Hall had the only RBI while Healy, Khamden Cone, and Hall each scored a run.
Defensively, Schuyler only committed two errors in the contest but they led to four un-earned runs that helped David City blow the game open in the later innings of the game. Burton noted, “We’ve struggled defensively this season. I try to constantly encourage our guys to forget the last mistake and focus on the next play. Baseball is played one pitch at a time. There is no time to dwell on your mistake because the ball is going to find you whether you’re ready or not.”
The Schuyler Seniors fell to 1-8 with the defeat.