2014-04-03 / Sports

Cards make season debut, rout Southwestern

By Brandon Pope
810-452-2651 • bpope@mihomepaper.com

FLINT — Last year’s Davison baseball team is a tough act to follow, but the current Cardinals’ squad got off on the right foot to open the 2014 campaign on Tuesday at Flint and dominated Southwestern in a Saginaw Valley League-South twinbill, 21-0, and, 14-3.

The Cardinals had three pitchers reach the mound in the opener and five hurlers got some action in the nightcap. On the offensive end, although it scored a total of 35 runs, Davison only racked up 11 total hits on the night, mainly due to walks.

“In the first game we had five hits and in the second game we had six, but they walked the whole free world,” said coach Timm Rye. “They walked 12 of our batters in the first game and 10 of our batters in the second game so they struggled finding the plate. With five hits in one game and six in the other there weren’t many (standout individuals).

“All-in-all, I felt that our pitchers did a good job for the first time out of the season. We hit the ball a little bit. (Southwestern) committed a few errors in the first game and then walks. We had a lot of guys with a lot of RBI but they were from bases-loaded walks. I was satisfied that we got two games under our belt and we got a little work in and that was a good thing.”

After graduating 13 seniors, Rye is still analyzing his team and getting a feel for what he has on his current roster.

“Obviously we have a lot to work on and it will get better but we’re still feeling out the team right now with only three returnees from last year’s team,” added Rye. “It’s just figuring out who is going to play where and how they’re going to play. We were pleased to get eight pitchers in.”

It was a bit of a surprise that Davison was able to get the game in, considering what the weather and field conditions have been recently.

“It was really cold. It was 23-24 mile per hour wind gusts. On the weather apps it was 40 and it felt like 30. The hands were really cold, the wind was really bad, I mean it was brutal. I was wearing three layers and I was still really cold,” continued Rye.

The longtime Davison skipper, however, did give the opposing team credit for getting their field together in time.

“The conditions were not good but Southwestern did a really good job getting their field ready to play,” Rye stated. “They did a nice job and I applaud them for that. It would have been easy just to go about your business and forget about it but they put quite a bit of time and effort into making that field playable.”

Now at 2-0 overall on the young season, Davison is scheduled to travel to Lapeer West today, weather permitting.

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