On Friday, Davis High got the baseball game it needed — a 12-2 Delta Valley Conference victory over Monterey Trail.
On Saturday, the Blue Devils dropped an 8-5 nonleague decision to visiting De La Salle.
Now the fun starts …
Elk Grove and DHS meet Tuesday (home) and Wednesday (away) in the DVC-ending series. The squads are tied atop the standings at 11-2. If the Devils (15-9-1) win just one of the games this week, they earn their third straight conference crown (thanks to an April 4 decision over the Thundering Herd).
Ace Mike Trask (4-1, 1.51) takes the mound for Davis on Tuesday.
But back to the weekend contests …
In spanking Monterey Trail (1-24, 0-13), the locals followed the pitching lead of Josh Guerrero, who tossed a four-hit complete game.
The senior righty struck out three batters and walked three before the Blue Devils’ four-run outburst mercy-ruled the Mustangs in the fifth inning.
At the plate, Ryan Kreidler raised his average to .443 with two more hits and added two runs batted in and three more scored.
Trey Golston went 2-for-2 and scored a pair of runs while John Ariola drove in two.
Against De La Salle (15-5), the Spartans jumped out to an 8-0 advantage before DHS got in gear.
“I like how we battled back,” Devil skipper Dan Ariola said after Saturday’s game. “They’re good … they swing the bat well and they have a lot of good arms. Every kid they brought in could really throw.”
That first De La Salle pitcher — Will Siri — picked up his second 2014 win, allowing one run in four innings. He left with the score 8-1.
Davis starting pitcher Brett Bloomfield was strong, leaving a scoreless tie after two innings. After that, De La Salle got to the locals with a six-run avalanche as sophomore Pierce Tujo and senior reliever Ted Riffle were the recipients of the Spartan wrath.
Enter Kris Prince to start the fourth.
After allowing a couple of early runs, the junior settled in and went three solid frames. He allowed three hits as DHS stuck its nose back in contention with a three-run fifth inning and another tally in the sixth.
Ariola praised Prince for his efforts: “I like the way he kept us in the game. He did a good job.”
Davis also flashed some dandy leather on Saturday. John Ariola made a nice sliding catch in the first. Golston turned in two nice plays at third in the second inning. Catcher Hudson Forrester caught a runner off second (eventually tagged out by Golston) and his replacement Eric Walker back-picked another Spartan, throwing through to Bloomfield to get the napping Tyler Lonestar diving back into second.
Notes: Kreidler was unlucky in the third when his 370-foot blast was caught by De La Salle’s Dustin Miller. The center fielder made an over-the-shoulder running catch to rob Kreidler. … Bloomfield and Golston both collected two hits on Saturday. Spartan Blake Ogburn reached base four times. … If the Blue Devils win one of the Elk Grove games, it will mark the second time in school history DHS will have captured three consecutive league titles (2004-06 Monticello Empire League). … The game against the Spartans fulfilled both teams’ five-game commitment to last month’s Boras Tournament (won by Elk Grove).
— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at email@example.com or 530-320-4456.