KAYSVILLE – Davis hurler Ben Rigby pitched six innings of near perfect baseball Friday afternoon against the Viewmont Vikings.
Before taking the mound for the seventh inning, Rigby had allowed just one run on three hits.
But a furious Viewmont rally in the seventh nearly ruined Rigby’s outing, and he finished the game allowing four runs on five hits.
Despite the furious rally, the Darts picked up the 7-5 win and swept the season series over the rival Vikings.
“I probably grew a couple of gray hairs there,” said Darts coach Dave Leo. “But to get a sweep over a team like that is pretty tough. They’re a great group of players over there.”
Rigby’s start to the game was a bit sluggish, allowing a run on one hit but getting two strike outs to save the inning from getting worse.
Rigby struck out leadoff hitter Tyler Erickson to start the game, but walked Will Adams. Adams reached second on a wild pitch and came around to score on a single by Isaac Evans.
“The biggest thing I was telling him was to stay ahead of hitters,” Leo said. “If you let the hitter get ahead, they dictate the entire at-bat and have complete control. (Rigby) did a great job staying ahead of hitters.”
The Darts offense responded by crossing the plate four times in the bottom of the second inning to take the lead for good.
Ladd King led off the inning by reaching base thanks to a throwing error. Two batters later, Ethan Hansen reached base on another error. A third Vikings error allowed Logan Bridger to reach base, and two batters later Conner Blaisdell hit an RBI single to make the score 3-1.
Tanner Bowden hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 4-1 before Jake Adams popped out to end the inning.
Davis pushed across another run in the fifth inning to take a 5-1 lead. Adams led off the inning with a triple and King lined a single to left field to drive in Adams.
Dom Fuller drove in the last two runs for Davis in the sixth inning, hitting a double to left-center field to bring home Kaden Day and Blaisdell.
Braden Hirsch started the Viewmont rally in the top of the seventh inning after reaching on an error. Andres was walked two batters later, and Evans hit a single to load the bases.
Davis Madsen was hit by a pitch, bringing home Hirsch. Ethan Richards hit an RBI single and Weston Sandberg hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 7-4.
Another single and a fielding error gave the Vikings another run, but Hirsch struck out to end the rally.
“You open the door like that and someone just walks right through,” said Leo of the Vikings’ rally. “But you know what, that bunch can play. We were one or two more mistakes from either having to rally or play extra innings, but we were able to pull through.”
Rigby finished his outing pitching 6 1/3 innings. He struck out seven hitters and walked five, picking up the win. Blaisdell was 3-for-3 at the plate with three singles, an RBI and a run scored.
The Darts will face Syracuse at Syracuse High School Tuesday. Viewmont will host Layton the same day.
Game time for both games is 3:30 p.m.