David City pitcher Logan Helgoth gave Schuyler all it could handle on June 4 in Schuyler.

The young Schuyler squad struggled with the sidearm hurler, who led David City to a 12-4 victory via the mercy rule.

"Logan Helgoth hasn't pitched a lot for us the last couple years, so to get four innings out of him was a really nice performance for him," said assistant coach Randy Vavrina after the game.

Helgoth conceded two hits, struck out three batters and threw 15 first-pitch strikes out of 22 hitters

David City out hit Schuyler 5-4. Most Senior runs came via walk, hit batters, wild pitches, passed balls and errors.

"We just kind of went through the motions and didn't show any emotions," Vavrina said of playing a struggling opponent. "Hit the ball, run, throw strikes, play defense. It's early in the year right now, so we have to build up our pitching depth."

In the top of the first, David City scored after a single by Kyle Napier and three consecutive walks by the Schuyler starter Preston Anderson.

In the bottom of the first, Helgoth needed only six pitches to retire the first three Schuyler batters, but David City was unable to capitalize in the top of the second.

Schuyler recorded a hit in the second but was kept off the scoreboard after a strikeout ended the inning.

In the top of the third, Napier reached first base on an error before three straight walks scored a second run for David City.

Konner Adamy then belted a double to center scoring Joseph Reimers and Nolan Hartman extending the lead to 4-0.

A ground out finally put an end to the inning.

Schuyler found its way onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the third when a sacrifice fly and an RBI single cut the lead in half.

David City ended any further hopes of a comeback in the fourth.

After two one-out walks, Dan Stara drove in a run on a single to right. Another walk loaded the bases followed by a run on Jack Jakub taking a pitch to the lower ribs.

The fourth walk of the inning extended the lead to 7-2.

Schuyler was nearly out of the jam after a strikeout, but a fly ball off the bat of Andy Lyons was apparently lost the lights and dropped 10 feet in front of the center fielder and cleared the bases.

Schuyler scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to narrow the lead to 10-4 on three walks and an error.

Neither team scored again until the top of the sixth when David City scored two more runs via a Hunter Behrns double, Napier single, Reimers sacrifice fly, two walks and an error.

Schuyler put two on with two walks in the sixth, but left them stranded on a pop out, ground out and fly out ending the game.

Despite the win, Vavrina still sees room for improvement.

"As far as hitting the ball, Hunter Behrns had a nice double and other than that we really didn't hit the ball very well," he said. "They need to get on that. They're 17, 18-year-old kids. You have to keep on them and keep on them and keep on them and you have to look into the future. We're playing for July, and that's what we’re going for."

David City played SOS on June 6, UBC on Saturday and had a rematch with Schuyler on Tuesday and will be in action next in the York Tournament on Thursday through Sunday.

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net

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