FORT WAYNE – Carter Davis hit a shot toward left field in the fourth inning that at any other place would have been a home run. The Leo senior, though, was standing on second base after a double to the wall at Parkview Field.
The baseball gods were still smiling on him later on when he circled the bases on a triple and an error that capped a five-run inning. It didn’t end there as Davis came up with the game-ending RBI single as the Lions roared past Woodlan 12-2 in five innings Thursday.
It is out in most ballparks, but that’s not what it is all about, Davis said. It is a team game, and we don’t look for those individual stats. We don’t worry about that. A hit’s a hit.
Davis was 4 for 4 with two singles, a double and a triple and knocked in four runs. The Class 3A No. 8 Lions (15-3, 5-0 ACAC) banged out 14 hits and scored all 12 runs against Woodlan starter Brad Barker, who entered the game with a 5-0 record and a 0.69 ERA.
I was seeing the ball really well today, Davis said. They have a great pitcher out there in Barker. We have been working a lot this week and knowing what pitches they were throwing. Our coaches prepared us to hit what we see. I am not going to play in college, so this will be the nicest ballpark I will ever play at. It is awesome we get to come out here and get a win on a day like this.
Leo starter Treg Haberkorn (6-1) overcame a shaky start and six walks. He stifled Woodlan by giving up just one hit and striking out nine. He walked two and gave up two runs in the first inning before blanking the Warriors the rest of the way.
In the first inning, I was trying to get adjusted to the atmosphere and the mound, said Haberkorn, a Cincinnati recruit. Usually our high school mounds are a lot lower. I just needed to make a mental adjustment. My team gives me confidence, and I am glad I settled in.
After winning 17 straight games, the 2A No. 7 Warriors (17-3, 3-2) have dropped back-to-back conference games against two of the best pitchers in the ACAC, Haberkorn and Heritage’s Andrew Saalfrank.
We saw where the bar is, Woodlan coach Mark Koos said. Both Saalfrank and Haberkorn exposed us a little bit. Haberkorn is the real deal. He overmatched us, but you tip your cap to him and move on.
You don’t win 17 games in a row without being a good team, so we just still need to be confident, but at the same time we have some weaknesses that we need to work on. We need to get better in some areas, and we will and start a new win streak next week.