The bats were alive for the Davis High junior varsity baseball team last week, but the Blue Devils could manage only a 1-2 mark.
Results included an 8-3 win over Sheldon and setbacks of 8-4 to Vacaville and 6-5 to Yuba City.
In the win, DHS used a five-run sixth inning to prevail.
Brett Bloomfield singled home Jake Miille in the third, but entering the big inning, the Huskies led 3-1.
Hudson Forrester opened the explosion with a single and Grant Dickerson doubled him home. Hayden Duer followed with another double and Shane Norton, Daniel Martin and Miille all walked, forcing in Duer.
Chris Daunt’s singled plated two more runs, Bloomfield’s sacrifice fly got another in and John Ariola’s grounder finished the scoring.
In the seventh, Duer singled, stole second and scored when Norton singled. Daunt’s hit then got Norton home.
Miille and Manny Guerrero combined for four innings of scoreless relief with Miille getting the win.
Against Vacaville, Duer was 3-for-4, Forrester went 2-for-3 and Dickerson tripled and drove in two runs. Ariola scored and drove in a run, while Guerrero and Martin pitched scoreless relief innings.
A two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the last inning did in the Devils against the Honkers.
After scoring four times in the first, the DHS lead slowly dwindled.
That first inning featured a walk to Norton, Martin’s single, Guerrero’s walk, Reid Blankinship’s RBI hit, Miille’s single and a two-run Bloomfield hit.
Norton pitched five, no-hit, no-run innings before the Honkers rallied.
JV boys lacrosse
Despite dropping a pair of road games, the Blue Devils made an art form out of guarding the goal during this week’s boys junior varsity lacrosse games.
In a 9-1 DHS loss against Novato, Graham Linley was busy in the pipes, blocking 69 percent of the opponents’ shots on goal to allow only nine goals out of 29 attempts.
“As a first-year player, I’ve been pleased to see how quickly he’s adapted to a very counter-intuitive position,” Devil coach Josh Rottman noted. “I think his potential between the pipes is huge.”
In a 7-1 setback at Miramonte, Linley blocked all three shots attempted during his watch, and Vikram Prathap had a strong showing as well, blocking seven of 14 Matador attempts.
The Blue Devils developed strong defensive play in both games, preventing the opposing teams from scoring during the first quarter.
The locals fought for — and picked up — 29 ground balls during the Novato game as Ryan Amesbury, Logan Davis and Connal Hart each grabbed five loose balls.
Andy Miller, Max Guida and Shaun Smith each captured two grounders and Spencer Zenner, Michael Thompson, Daniel Pardee, Alexander Lutkenhouse, Clayton Johnston, Nilesh Haile, Jeffrey Ewing and Aidan Delplanque contributed to the ground-ball tally as well.
The Blue Devils took 12 shots against the Hornets, with Davis rifling in the lone goal for DHS.
On Friday, the Devils put pressure on Miramonte with 22 attempted goals.
Smith scored once on his five shots and Arthur Leck had seven shots on goal for Davis. Thompson, Gus Realyvasquez, Miller and Delplanque also had strong chances.
Smith, Haile, Ewing, Delplanque and Amesbury each scooped up three ground balls (a team total of 22 won).
Rottman added that it takes time for players to learn the team strategies that produce results. He said he saw his Blue Devils improve on their six-man defensive and offensive plays during both games this week.
DHS faces off with Granite Bay on Tuesday and Jesuit on Friday.
Rottman also asked DHS lacrosse fans to save the date for Break the Record Night on March 31 against Sir Francis Drake at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium. The program has set a crowd of 500 as its goal for the festivities, which will include varsity and JV games and refreshments, food and a special halftime show.
JV girls soccer
It was another perfect week for the Blue Devils, as DHS whipped Stagg, 8-0, in Stockton, then snuck past visiting Will C. Wood, 2-0.
Despite dominating play, the Davis offense was kept off the board in the first half.
Finally, Emily Barber delivered to Megan Beckman, who scored the only goal the Devils would need. DHS then sealed the win with an insurance goal by Ju-a Son, who ran onto a perfectly weighted through ball by Kalani Ratnasiri and finished with a strong blast to the far side of the goal.
Jenna Farboud and Meaghan Murphy played standout defense, according to veteran coach Robert Smith, as Davis improved to 7-0-1.
At Stagg, the Blue Devils needed only one half to score all eight of their goals. Ratnasiri netted the first two goals of the game, on her way to a hat trick.
Kylie Tierney then tallied, followed by Natalie Ho pouncing on a loose ball that deflected off the backside of a Stagg defender and finished with a quick blast past a surprised keeper. Later, Ratnasiri completed her hat trick before Emily Barber set up Emma Miramontes with a cross that she buried into the back of net from 15 yards.
Still in the first half, Makenzie DeLaughder dribbled through the entire defense to set up a low drive past the beleaguered keeper and Miramontes scored when she ran on to a through ball from Brooke Palmer and blasted it low inside the post.
Gretchen Huston anchored the central defense and combined with defenders Nelly Romero, Gaby Gutierrez and Meaghan Murphy to deny Stagg any shots on goal.
Coach Mike Trask was happy with his Blue Devil team’s 2-1 week.
“We definitely need to come out and be ready to play a little sooner,” Trask explained of his team’s effort. “But overall, the guys are doing a great job of keeping their heads up and battling though the tough early innings.”
At Vacaville on Tuesday, the DHS — as it would all week — gave up multiple runs in the first inning, falling behind early and eventually losing, 3-2.
Despite Matt Trask and Josh Guerrero combining to pitch a one-hitter, the few runners allowed had a way of making it around the bases, according to coach Trask.
The Devils would get a run of their own in the first with a single by Kaysey England and an RBI double by Trask but Vacaville went ahead to stay in the fourth. Trask singled to plate Trey Golston, who reached on a walk in the fifth, but Davis wasted hits by Zack Slavich and Brendan MacDonald in the last two innings.
On Thursday, the Blue Devils topped Christian Brothers, 5-3, again spotting the opponent two runs in the opening frame.
Lefty starter Slavich found his rhythm and held the Falcons scoreless for the next two frames, and then reliever Valente Dolcini came in and pitched four dominant innings, holding the Falcons to only one unearned run.
Meanwhile, DHS scored its first run in the third when Jeremy Likes raced home on a passed ball.
Trailing 2-1 going into the fourth, the Devil offense woke up. Lead-off singles by C.K. Hicks and Guerrero followed by a walk to Slavich got things started and back-to-back, two-run doubles by Golston and England put Davis up for good. Middle infielders England and Golston later turned a double play to end a Falcon threat and preserve the victory.
When Yuba City arrived in town Friday, the Devils proved to be great hosts, this time outdoing themselves and giving the Honkers four runs in the top of the first.
Starter Guerrero didn’t let the poor start worry him, allowing only one runner the next three innings, in what became a 12-5 DHS win.
The Blue Devils got on the board in the second when Hicks walked, advanced to third on a Guerrero single and scored on a bunt hit by Tyler Roberts. In the third inning, a lead-off walk to England was followed by a RBI double to the fence by Trask. DHS opened things up in the fourth inning with a four-run rally keyed by hits from Nick Pohl, Likes, England and Trask.
Reliever England pitched one-hit ball over the final three frames.
The once-gracious host Devils eventually showed their horns by erupting for six runs in the sixth inning. The final barrage was led by singles from Likes, Golston and England (who had three hits) as well as doubles by Slavich and Trask — who stayed hot with his third three-hit game of the short season.
4-1 Davis is home against Lincoln (Stockton) on Wednesday and Jesuit on Thursday.