Sunday, April 20, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Bring on the rematch? Herd, Devil coaches haven’t seen ‘Rocky’

BruceGallaudetW

By
From page B1 | May 10, 2013 | 1 Comment

Apparently neither the Davis High or Elk Grove baseball coaches have seen the movie “Rocky.”

Just like Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed, the Blue Devils and Thundering Herd have been beating the bee-jabbers out of each other this spring.

Now — after DHS has survived its mercurial three-game series with The Grove to win another Delta Valley Conference championship — you’d think the two longtime skippers have seen enough of each other.

Au contraire. Both Carlson and Ariola told me this week they’d love to meet again in the playoffs.

The region’s Nos. 1 and 2 in a fourth, maybe fifth — even, gulp, sixth meeting in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs? Can our hearts take it?

Remember what Apollo told Rocky in that 15th-round clench?

“Ain’t gonna be no rematch,” the champ grumbled.

“Don’t want one,” said a relieved challenger.

After beating The Herd, 3-2, on Tuesday to win the DVC, Ariola chatted about how he and his team have been confident all season; how none of his Devil teams take the field expecting to lose; and assuring anyone who’d listen that his station-to-station offense has enough punch to support a scintillating Davis pitching staff.

“So, coach,” I asked. “You don’t want to see anymore of Elk Grove in the playoffs, do you?”

I expected a laugh and an Apollo Creed quote.

Ariola looked me straight in the eye. No smile, I swear.

“Actually I hope we do see them again,” he said. “It’s a great rivalry. Give them credit … They’re a great program.”

OK. What about Carlson? His guys are probably unhappy about dropping two of three to DHS and now having to play an extra game (meaning back-to-back outings against some very good schools’ No. 1 pitchers).

But Davis again?

“It’s a great rivalry with good, competitive games,” The Herd mentor believes. “It’s high-intensity and it’s only going to make your kids on both sides better … prepare them for the next level.”

Understood. But haven’t you had enough Blue-and-White for one season?

“It hope we see them again. I really do.”

Carlson, like Ariola, wasn’t fooling.

Looking back at the 2013 series, Carlson continued his parking-lot chat with me …

“It’s the kind of games we want to create,” the coach explained. “If you get a one-sided game either way, you don’t learn a lot. Get these (like the 3-2 Tuesday loss), you have to compete and it creates a college-type atmosphere … and that’s what we want.

“Winning championships is great, but I’d rather see guys move on and play at the next level.”

Hmmmm.

While I Have You Here: Davis will play next on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the survivor of the Granite Bay/Jesuit game. Despite it being the “second round,” whoever loses that one also goes home.

The scary part of this year’s tournament is that the 12 squads involved all have arms coming out their ears.

For example, Jesuit has sophomore Chris Loeb (6-0, 3.03 earned run average) and Julian Barrow (4-2, 1.47). Oak Ridge has Tommy Huimmer (6-1. 2.16) and Austin Root (6-2, 2.33). And there’s always Pleasant Grove (sporting flame-throwing Dalton Gomez 7-3, 1.94 and Matt Stafford, 7-1, 2.74).

Throw in Cy Hynes, Stephen Nogosek, Brennan Spezia and Josh Cooper of Woodcreek — a combined 14-5, each with more than 30 innings pitched and a collective 1.92 ERA — and the competition is thick enough.

Then there’s those rascally Elk Grove guys and Vacaville, Rocklin, Vintage, Franklin and Rodriguez.

Poor DHS? Hardly …

With Matt Trask, Bobby Young, Adam Inouye and Jake Miille (among others) the Blue Devils have carved out a 1.95 team earned run average.

By the way, Davis is 8-2 against Division I playoff teams this spring.

So it’s no surprise that these Devils are locked and loaded. Confident and ready for anybody, even if it is a rematch with Apollo Creed.

— Bruce Gallaudet is a staff writer for The Davis Enterprise. Reach him at bgallaudet@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8047.

Bruce Gallaudet

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 1 comment

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Tobin RichardsonMay 13, 2013 - 8:19 am

    I looked at the CIF SJS page and they have the game as being on Thursday, not Wednesday. http://cifsjs.org/index.php?page=baseball

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    Hub of activity: DHS newspaper keeps evolving

    By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    A springtime ritual

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Tour renovated YCCC facility Thursday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Tour Davis Waldorf School on Wednesday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    The fifth annual Tour de Cluck is soon to be hatched

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Ortiz lawn signs available

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Sign up soon for spring cooking classes

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Robb Davis team to rally on Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Steadfast in their support

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A4, 12 Comments | Gallery

     
    Yolo Hospice offers free grief workshops

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Sign up for Camp Kesem caterpillar crawl

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Quilters gear up for annual show

    By Sebastian Onate | From Page: A4

    League hosts a series of candidate forums

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    KDVS launches fund drive on Monday

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A5

    Calling all Scrabble fans

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5, 1 Comment | Gallery

     
    Hub webpage is seeing traffic increasing

    By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A8

    Hotel/conference center info meeting set

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

     
    Lescroart welcomes all to book-launch party

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A16 | Gallery

    DEVO set to serve up 14th annual Winkler Dinner

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16, 1 Comment | Gallery

     
    Learn Chinese crafts at I-House

    By Sebastian Onate | From Page: A16

    Preschool open house set at Davis Waldorf

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

     
    Birch Lane celebrates its 50th anniversary

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

    .

    Forum

    Take ownership of your health

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

     
    Keep your baby safe

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Not thrilled with lack of symmetry

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Reliving the agony and ecstasy of spring

    By Marion Franck | From Page: A7

     
    Road diet? No, city diet!

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12, 5 Comments

    We’re reveling in our equality

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12, 1 Comment

     
    Vote no; it’s fiscally responsible

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12, 3 Comments

    Rick McKee cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A12

     
    Core values on campus

    By Our View | From Page: A12, 3 Comments

     
    Don’t want to sit in Fix 50 traffic? Consider alternatives

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13, 1 Comment

     
    Bill is an affront to UC Davis ag biotech and local farmers

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13, 4 Comments

    .

    Sports

    Devils burn up the track

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    UCD softball shut out by Santa Barbara

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Aggie men shoot 9-under, lead own tourney

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Stars shine in Woody Wilson Classic

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1, 1 Comment | Gallery

     
    UCD roundup: Aggie baseball swept away by Highlanders

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    A’s score 3 in ninth, rally past Astros 4-3

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

    Yolo Federal Credit Union gets WISH funds

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    PG&E pays taxes, fees to county, cities

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9, 1 Comment

    Will Davis get an Old Soul?

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A9

     
    Pediatricians, nurse practitioner hired at Woodland Healthcare

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Asian stocks mostly higher after mixed U.S. earnings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

     
    Davis Roots will showcase its graduating startups

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14

    University Honda wins another President’s Award

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14 | Gallery

     
    Dutch Bros. raises $19,000 for girl with leukemia

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14 | Gallery

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, April 20, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B8