But that was the only walk for the Indians’ starting pitcher until the seventh inning, and his complete game was a big part of D-B’s 8-3 baseball win over the Hilltoppers on Tuesday night at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.
“It was an outstanding game to bounce back after a tough loss,” said D-B head coach Ryan Wagner.
Taking over first place in the Big Seven Conference with a league mark of 8-2, the Indians improved to 15-9 overall. Science Hill (14-9) fell to 7-3 in the conference.
Science Hill head coach Ryan Edwards said the Indians did what they needed to do.
“They got hits together in that one inning,” said Edwards. “We were a step too slow on some plays. A walk here and there, and they had a five-run inning. They earned it. And when you give up a five-run inning against a pitcher like McDavid, you put yourself in a pretty big hole.”
D-B closes its league season with a tough two-game set against Tennessee High while the Hilltoppers will face off against Cherokee.
Science Hill came from behind to defeat the Indians 11-6 in eight innings on Monday. The tough loss didn’t show in the Indians’ effort Tuesday.
“We just had to forget,” said McDavid. “We flushed it, and we had great energy today at BP. And we came out ready to play.”
McDavid didn’t let the early walk to Marmo stay on his mind.
“You never want to walk anybody,” said McDavid. “I just tried to bounce back and just pound the zone, and let my defense play behind me. I was hitting my spots the first couple of innings, and then my curveball started working toward the end.”
McDavid allowed six hits and three runs with two walks and six strikeouts. He threw 118 pitches.
“I like his tempo,” said Wagner. “He likes to get the ball and get back up on the mound. I thought he pitched great, outstanding.”
Wagner said he was also pleased with the defense behind McDavid.
“We made some great plays in the outfield,” said Wagner. “(Cade) Maupin picked that ball from going all the way to the wall in the first inning. That would have cleared the bases.”
With the score tied 1-1 in the top of the third inning, Jaden Alderson got things rolling with a leadoff walk. After a one-out Derek Thurston single, Aaron Farley crunched a two-run triple to right field.
McDavid followed with an RBI double to make it 4-1. Still with one out, Cade Maupin drove in two runs with a single to cap the five-run outburst.
Science Hill took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Matthew Levi’s RBI groundout. D-B tied the game in the second inning as Jake Timbes had an RBI grounder.
Science Hill starter Drew Honeycutt gave up seven hits and seven runs in three innings of work. …
Farley and Maupin each produced a two-hit three-RBI effort for D-B. …
No Science Hill player had two hits.