Cuero runs away with win over Yoakum
April 12, 2013 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated April 11, 2013 at 11:12 p.m.
YOAKUM - Cuero's Clint Davis is well-versed in the rivalry between the Gobblers and Yoakum.
He's been a part of it for three years on the varsity level, and the desire to come out on top never diminishes.
"This is a rivalry that goes on for decades," he said. "We get pumped this week more than ever. We just stay in the game the whole time."
Davis improved to 6-0 against the Bulldogs in his high school career as Cuero captured an 11-1 win Friday night in a game stopped after six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
"I've only been here for a short time, but you find out pretty quick it's pretty important," said first-year Cuero coach Phillip Schwarz. "It's a big game. Our kids get up for it, and I'm sure theirs do, too. It's just one of those friendly things. We respect each other. They have a great ballclub, and it's always fun when we get together and play."
Davis made sure the Gobblers enjoyed themselves, while improving to 18-7 and maintaining at least a share of the District 26-3A lead with a 6-1 mark.
He made a throw from right field to nail a Yoakum runner at home and keep the game scoreless in the second inning and went 3 for 4 at the plate, with a double and three RBIs.
"The runs for us always prevail," Davis said. "It doesn't matter what inning it is. We have a bad inning, the next inning we'll come out and score some runs. That's how it always is. We always have one breakaway inning, and we try and stay on top the rest of the game."
Cuero's breakaway inning came in the fifth when it sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs off of three Yoakum pitchers.
Logan Goebel, who went 4 for 4, had a double, and Davis and Justin Kremling had RBIs.
The Bulldogs (14-8, 4-3) hurt themselves with three walks, three wild pitches and a critical error on what could have been a double-play ball.
"We didn't come out to play, and I'm kind of clueless on why, and I don't have answers for what it is," said Yoakum coach Bobby Nicholson. "Big teams show up for big games, and we just didn't show up."
Cuero pitcher Austin Johnson did not yield an earned run and struck out six for his second win this season over Yoakum.
"To be the best team we can, we've got to bring this intensity to every game we play," Schwarz said. "We told the kids if you recognize the intensity and emotion you played with - not only on the field but on the bench - if you bring that to every game, we're going to be that much better of a team."
Cuero 002 063 - 11 10 1
Yoakum 000 01 - 1 5 4
Austin Johnson and Dustin Ohrt. Blake McCracken, Timmy Blakeney (5), Caden Fishbeck (5) and Shawn Brandt. W: Johnson. L: McCracken. Highlights: (C) Clint Davis 3 for 4, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBIs, SB; Logan Goebel 4 for 4, 2B, 3 R; Justin Kremling 2 for 4, 2 R, RBI; Johnson 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 1 HP, 6 K. (Y) Reagan Jacobs 2 for 3. Records: Cuero 18-7, 6-1; Yoakum 14-8, 4-3.