By Rob Kiser
It is looking more-and-more like Austin Davis is back.
The Piqua sophomore led the Indians baseball team on the mound and at the plate — as Piqua showed a lot of positive signs in a 7-2 win over Springfield Thursday in GWOC crossover action.
Davis — who is working his way back from a knee injury — pitched a five-hitter against the Wildcats, striking out 10 — and faced the minimum 12 batters over the final four innings with eight strikeouts.
At the plate, all he did was go 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs.
“He has been hitting the ball since he came back,” Piqua coach Jared Askins said. “He is slowly working his way back(on the mound) — the Bellefontaine game, Graham and tonight. If we can get him back, that really solidifies our rotation. We are going to throw Travis (Smith) tomorrow and see if we can get him back to where he was.”
Askins was just as happy with what the Indians did at the plate.
First, the Indians took advantage of six Wildcat errors.
“There have been a lot of teams take advantage of our mistakes this year,” Askins said. “It was nice to be on the other side of that.”
At the same time, Piqua came up with some big hits.
Askins pointed towards the third inning.
After Piqua had scored on two errors in the second to get within 2-1, the Indians took the lead for good in the third — after two were out.
Derrick Gullett, Derek Hite and Davis all had singles after being down 0-2 in the count — with Davis’ scoring both Gullett and Hite to make it 3-2.
“We had three big hits in a row and scored two runs after two were out,” Askins said. “Those were great at bats. Those are the kinds of things we haven’t done a lot of and it was good to see.”
Logan Harris had a single in the fourth and moved to second on an error.
A walk and another error made it 4-2.
In the fifth, Davis had a RBI double and Harris added a RBI single to make it 6-2.
In the sixth, Smith singled and came around to score on another RBI double by Davis to make it 7-2.
The Indians, 10-12, will play at Tippecanoe today at 5 p.m., before hosting Tecumseh in a D-I sectional tournament game Tuesday.
“We have beaten some good teams this year,” Askins said. “We have beaten Beavercreek and Fairmont (two of the three teams that shared the GWOC Central title). Tipp will be another good test for us. We still have a lot to play for. We are capable of making a tournament run. But, to do that, we have to swing the bats.”
Like they did Thursday night.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.