ELK GROVE — With senior ace Matt Trask on the hill, and the Davis High offense scoring in nearly every inning, the Blue Devils pulled away for a convincing 8-3 Delta Valley Conference victory at Laguna Creek.
By completing a season sweep of the Cardinals, DHS (13-8-1) remains in first place in the DVC at 9-2. Elk Grove also is 9-2, but the Devils own a 6-2 victory over the Thundering Herd.
On Tuesday, Trask struck out five in six innings and added RBI singles in the fourth and seventh frames to help his own cause. Davis took a 2-0 lead in the second, scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth, then put the game away with three in the seventh inning to go up 8-1.
“We played pretty solid; I liked how we kept adding runs,” said Blue Devil skipper Dan Ariola. “We were competing in every inning.”
A walk, a Laguna Creek error and a passed ball set things up for the locals in the second. After that, Jared McNece knocked in one with a sacrifice fly and Trey Golston got the first of his three hits to plate another run.
Golston reached base four times for DHS, Drew Gnos went 2-for-3, McNece had a pair of runs batted in, Ryan Kreidler added another and John Ariola walked and smacked an RBI double.
The Devils finish the week with an away-home set with Monterey Trail on Thursday and Friday. Both games against the Mustangs (1-22, 0-11) start at 4:15 p.m.
“We can’t overlook them; we still have to play a good clean game,” Ariola explained. “We like to play against the game, not the opponent.”