That streak continued Thursday as the Darts won their 12th straight game in shutting out the Royals 5-0, retaining a one-and-a-half game lead on the Viewmont Vikings for the Region 1 crown.
“These kids are so focused on playing, they haven’t had time to concentrate on other things,” said Davis coach Dave Leo. “They just want to play the next opponent, no matter who it is.
“Then they go out there and win and wait for their next opponent. They’re really concentrating right now on playing their best.”
Trevor Taylor took the mound for the Darts and pitched very well, according to Leo. In his complete game effort, Taylor allowed just four hits while walking one batter and striking out five more to pick up the win for the Darts.
“He’s pitched well for us all year,” said Leo. “He does a really good job when he hits the mound and he, like his teammates, doesn’t get rattled when they get down or in trouble.
“Anytime you get a shutout too it helps your team win more easily.”
With the Darts already up 3-0 entering their half of the sixth, Davis went to work on trying to build up their lead.
In the inning, Jared Taylor hit a two-RBI double that helped extend the lead to five runs, giving Trevor Taylor enough run support to pitch well the rest of the game.
“That was a big hit,” said Leo. “The difference between three runs and five runs at that point was huge. His double made the team a bit more relaxed for the last two innings.”
Helping out the offense as well in that game were Dusty Argyle, Corby Fuhriman and Daniel Moffett, who each had an RBI in the game.
Moffett, along with Carson Beyer and T.J. Waltz, each recorded a pair of hits for the Darts in the win, with Moffett getting a double and triple for his efforts.
Brock McCashland ended up taking the loss for the Royals, who committed three errors on defense while allowing the Darts to spray 11 hits on the Royals pitching for the day.
The Darts next scheduled game is against Weber at home Tuesday.