And thanks to a six run inning in the bottom of the fourth, they were able to pull away from the Syracuse Titans by the final of 9-3.
After two scoreless innings by both teams, the Titans were able to get on the board first after J.D. Morade doubled to left-center field, scoring teammate Cody Hill. The inning started with Jordon Povance striking out to Darts pitcher Jared Taylor. Cody Hill followed by getting infield single thanks to an awkward hop. Two batters later, Morade doubled home Hill to take an early 1-0 lead.
The Darts responded back in a big way when it was their turn to bat in the bottom of the fourth, as they scored six runs to take a commanding lead that they didn’t relinquish the rest of the game.
Carson Garrett started the inning for the Darts by lacing a single to center field. Two wild pitches later he was standing on third then and Jace Day had worked a walk out of the Syracuse pitcher. Jared Taylor was hit by a pitch, and then Avery Hill worked out another walk for Davis.
But the highlight of the scoring came when Kendell Perkins stepped up to the plate. With the count in his favor and the bases loaded, Perkins unloaded on a pitch and sent the baseball screaming down the right field fence. It fell just short, but Syracuse wasn’t able to recover until three Darts had crossed the plate, giving them a five run advantage.
Syracuse responded with two runs in their half of the sixth inning when Josh Peterson and Josh Shepherd came around to score. Davis had committed an error causing Peterson to reach base, then Shepherd—who drove in Peterson—scored after Jordon Seaver lined a single to right field to cut the lead in half.
But Davis quickly responded with a run of their own. After Carson Fuller started the bottom of the fifth with a groundout, Hill worked in another walk, his second of the game. Two pitches later he had a stolen base, but teammate Corbin Anderson unfortunately struck out. A wild pitch and another walk later Colt Mouritsen was at the plate when Chris Larrabee attempted to steal second base. He was eventually thrown out, but not before Hill could score to stretch the lead back to four again.
Davis scored another pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth, and shut down the Titans ‘offense the rest of the way to seal the victory.
Jared Taylor, who started for the Darts, had a strong outing against the Titans. He pitched four and two-thirds innings allowing only one earned run and striking out three Titan hitters, all while giving up just one walk. Mouritsen finished three for four at the plate while scoring three runs. Perkins finished with the lone hit and three RBI’s for the Darts as well.
Syracuse scattered eight hits while scoring three runs, and no Titans hitter had more than one hit in the game.