The David City junior American Legion baseball team caused problems for Valparaiso early and often on June 20 with six different players scoring runs in a David City 10-2 five-inning, mercy rule victory.

DC starter Keegan Lavicky went all five innings, picking up the pitching victory with five strikeouts, three hits and two walks.

Lavicky, Jordan Kracl, Jackson Ondracek and Austin Mastera each scored two runs.

Lavicky established an early tone, setting the Valpo lineup down in order in the first with two strikeouts and a groundout.

Kracl then put the offense in motion, slapping a single to right on the second pitch he saw. Ondracek followed with a one out hit, and Kolby Baer and Ethan Zegers walked, bringing in Kracl. Keyan Helgoth made it 2-0 on an RBI single.

David City though, left the bases loaded.

Valpo answered with one in the second on a leadoff single, another hit and walk later in the inning. The visitors tied it in the fourth with a leadoff double then a ground out later in the inning.

David city retook the lead with four runs on two hits, two walks and an error. Mastera led off with a walk, Kracl singled, Lavicky singled, Ondracek walked and Zegers reached on an error.

Lavicky stranded a one-out single in the fifth then DC put the mercy rule into play with four more in the bottom half. The first four hitters (Will Eller, Mastera, Alex Lyons, Kracl) walked followed by a Lavicky RBI, Ondracek bases-loaded walk RBI and Zegers driving in the walk-off run on a sac fly to center.

Later in the week, David City played Malcolm on Tuesday and Central City 2  on Wednesday but games finished after the Banner-Press deadline.

The team is in action next against Central City at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Central City as part of the Central City Tournament. 

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

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