FARMINGTON>> The DC MOB are off to flying start early in the Connie Mack regular season.
A night after defeating the Sting 5-3, the MOB scorched the Farmington High developmental team 17-0 on Friday at Ricketts Park.
The MOB feature former Farmington High players Austin Davis, Brad Betz and Frankie Gutierrez, who combined to go 5-for-11 at the plate while scoring six runs against their former teammates.
"It's awesome. I love beating them," Betz said of victory against his old team. "It's fun."
Davis scored three runs in the win and thinks the MOB's fast start will be important in building momentum toward the city tournament.
"It's a confidence booster. It's nice to come out early in the season and get those wins knocked out. It's really big," Davis said after the MOB won their fourth-straight game to start the season.
Matthew Knickerbocker, who just finished his sophomore year at Bayfield High in Colorado, threw a five-inning shut out, scatting four hits while striking out seven in the run-rule victory.
Davis, who threw a no-hitter against 4-Corners on Thursday, sees the team's pitching depth as its strongest asset.
"We're pretty good right now. Our pitching can carry us," Davis said. "All we have to do is play the way we play, and we're in contention for the top spot."
All nine starters for the MOB recorded a hit in the victory.
Easton Garcia scored three runs while going 3-for-4 at the plate, falling a home run short of the cycle for the MOB.
Clay Miller also had three hits for the MOB while scoring three runs and recording two RBIs.
After a tight loss to the MOB a day earlier, the Sting dug a hole early in the game, allowing five runs in the top of the first inning.
"We came out flat. Yesterday, we had them pretty good, up 3-1 in the sixth," said Sting head coach Tim Trotter. "Today, we fell apart and had too many errors."
Beamer Wick took the loss for the Sting after allowing 10 runs on 10 hits in two and one-third innings.
Trotter sees the loss as a learning experience for the young squad.
"We have a couple of kids who are skipping Mickey Mantle. We lose 11 seniors and have five guys coming back as seniors, so we have work to do," Trotter said. "We have some guys we're trying to find spots for and some young guys who we're trying to see where they're at. I think by just playing the games and doing work in the mornings, they'll be alright."
The second game of the day between 4-Corners and Miyamura was cancelled after Miyamura pulled its team out of the league.
Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.