Davis, Oliver star in Legion wins

By Jim Fuller jfuller@civitasmedia.com

July 1, 2014

MOCKSVILLE — Sawyer Davis went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs as Mocksville-Davie Post 54-174 defeated Wilkes County Post 31, 21-0, in a Senior American Legion baseball game Monday night at Mando Park.

The game was the first of a best-of-five series which continued Tuesday night.

Davis’s RBI-double in the first put Mocksville-Davie up 1-0. After flying out in the third, he stroked a two-run double in the fourth to make it 7-0. He tacked on an RBI-single in the sixth.

Davis also had an at-bat in the fifth inning where he drew a walk after fouling off three two-strike pitches.

“He’s got some quick hands,” Mocksville-Davie Coach Charles Kurfees said. “He’s hit the ball really well for us all year.”

Davis, who holds down second base, turned a beautiful double play Monday night - short-arming in one motion on the turn.

“He’s played good defense at second,” Kurfees said. “He’s a pleasure to coach.”

Kurfees said he would like to see more players from Yadkin County playing Mocksville in the future. “We’ve been very successful with a lot of guys from Starmount and Forbush in the past,” he said. “We need to get them to come down here and see what American Legion is all about.

“I think they’re missing out.”

Friday night, Dalton Oliver pitched into the sixth innings and drove in two runs as Mocksville defeated Lake Norman, 7-6, in a Junior American Legion game at Mando Park.

After an hour delay brought on by heavy rain about 6 p.m., Mocksville went about their business of securing at least a share of the division title.

Oliver, a rising junior at Starmount, threw 96 pitches, allowing three hits into the sixth inning. He walked five and hit a batter. Except for the second inning when Lake Norman scored twice, Oliver got out of his jams and out of situations where he was behind in the count.

“Dalton’s a gamer,” Mocksville Coach Robbie Fox said. “He battles back every time. He’s going to be one of those who go somewhere.

“He’s the kind of kid you want on your baseball team.”

Mocksville led 5-2 going into the sixth. Oliver left after allowing a hit and a walk to start the sixth. Lake Norman tied it up with three runs and took the lead, 6-5, in the top of the seventh.

Oliver’s cousin, catcher Caleb Wallace, got into the act - laying down a successful suicide squeeze bunt to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh.

With the score tied at 6, Bo Byerly delivered a run-scoring double down the right-field line to drive in the winning run.

“This team,” Fox said, “has done this the whole year. They’re not quitters.”

Mocksville finishes with a 7-2 division record.

Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or Twitter @elkinareasports.