David City American Legion senior baseball threw a combined no-hitter to defeat Albion 9-1 in a five-inning mercy rule-win on May 30 at home.

The one run for Albion reached base on a walk and eventually came across on an error.

Dan Stara and Joseph Reimers befuddled and confused Albion hitters all night.

Stara also hit a two-run home run to give David City a 9-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth.

The game was the first in quite some time for a David City team left out of action for the better part of two weeks due to rainouts.

"The kids were very eager to play," said head coach Steve Rerucha. "This group of seniors is really dedicated and they just enjoy the game. Every time we had a rainout they were pretty upset.

"We were kind of wondering when we were going to play again. It was good to get this one in."

Although it was originally scheduled as a doubleheader, similar rainouts for Albion forced a single-game affair.

Given the layoff, Rerucha said he was impressed with how the pitchers performed. 

"Our pitchers did well for not being on the mound for probably two weeks since the tournament we were in," said Rerucha. "Joseph and Daniel did a nice job of shutting them down for the most part."

Not only did David City shut down Albion defensively, the seniors recorded nine hits in just four innings at the plate.

"They had nine hits, which our goal every game is 10, and they did a nice job," Rerucha said. "They saw three different pitchers, so that was good. It seemed like we were dialed in for everyone they threw at us. They did a nice job." 

Rerucha was also pleased with how his group fielded ground balls, fly balls and made throws.

"We didn't make a lot of errors, so that's good," Rerucha said. "We're always trying to improve. We have a very fast outfield.

"For the most part, they did what they were supposed to do. They pretty much know what I'm thinking at the same time. We've been around each other for a long time. It's a really good group of kids." 

The first inning started off somewhat hairy for David City, which had to escape a bases-loaded situation but was able to force a ground out to end the inning.

Offensively, David City was firing from all cylinders. Andy Lyons and Reimers both hit singles before Stara and Nolan Hartman smacked back-to-back doubles.

By the end of the first inning, David City already controlled a 4-0 advantage. The four runs came via Lyons, Kyle Napier, Reimers and Stara.

Reimers recorded two more strikeouts in the second and forced another groundout.

Hunter Behrns and Lyons started out the bottom of the second by reaching first via a pair of walks.

After some good base running and a single by Reimers, both Behrns and Lyons scored to extend the lead to 6-0.

Kyle Adamy was hit by a pitch in the third inning and scored after Lyons drove him in with a single.

Stara took over for Reimers on the mound in the fourth. David City moved Reimers to third and Hartman to catcher.

Stara was effective immediately - setting down Albion in a 1-2-3 inning.

The game was finally laid to rest when Stara blasted a two-run home run in the top of the fourth to take a 9-0 lead.

Albion scored one run in the top of the fifth, but it proved unimportant as David City won via the eight-run, five-inning mercy rule. 

The next scheduled game for David City is at 8 p.m. on Thursday at home against SOS.

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

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