Danville swept in first roundPublished 12:25pm Monday, April 21, 2014
Danville’s Hawks lost back-to-back games to Cordova, 10-2 and 6-5, in the first round of the state baseball playoffs at home Friday night.
The outcome was similar to what happened a year a go when the same two Class 3A teams met in the opening round. The Hawks lost the first game, rebounded to win the second game and lost in the third.
In the opener, Cordova jumped out front 2-0 in the first inning on the strength of a two-run home run.
The Hawks answered with a two-run rally in the third inning to tie the game. Both runs scored on a double by Landon Tidwell following a walk and a bunt single. An intentional walk loaded the base again; however, the inning ended on a ground out to the shortstop.
Cordova blew the game open in the fifth by scoring eight runs on five hits, a walk and two Danville errors.
The Hawks collected five hits in the game. Tidwell had a double and single and two RBIs, Carson Owens had a double and single and Noah Hogan and Jackson Broadfoot each singled.
Ghaith Vest allowed 10 runs on six hits while walking three batters. Wade Vest pitched one inning in relief, allowing one hit.
The second game was a seesaw battle all the way.
Danville opened with a three-run rally thanks to back-to-back doubles by Austin Clemons and Tidwell and a Cordova throwing error.
Cordova scored a run in the first and went ahead 4-3 with a three-run rally in the third. A single run in the fourth gave the visitors a 6-3 edge.
Danville responded by scoring two runs to make the score 6-5 but in the fifth inning to make the score 6-5 and had the tying run on second base before a ground out ended the inning, They also had a runner in scoring position in the sixth inning until the inning ended with a strikeout.
The Hawks had six hits while Cordova recorded seven.
Austin Clemons went the distance and was tagged with the loss. He struck out three batters and walked two while giving up six runs on seven hits. .
The Hawks ended their season with a 24-16 record.
“We have a young team with only one senior and that showed up tonight against a more seasoned team,” said head Coach Brian Ellis. “Errors hurt us and so did our inability to get the hits we needed with runners in scoring position.”