In a fitting end to a productive season, the Davis High summer baseball team went 3-1 last weekend at a tournament in Elk Grove that featured “elite” competition, according to local coach Dan Ariola.
Strong performances against top opponents were what impressed Ariola the most about his team’s 16-9 campaign.
“It was a great summer overall,” the skipper told The Enterprise. ”We beat Rocklin, Pleasant Grove, Franklin, Mitty, Bellaramine, Simi Valley, Moorpark, San Clemente among other solid programs throughout the state.”
At the final tournament, DHS opened with a 14-9 win over Bellarmine during which Trey Golston went 3-for-4, Ryan Kreidler was 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs and Kaysey England added a pair of hits. Josh Guerrero continued his good season on the mound, tossing six strong innings and allowing just three runs. Six Bellarmine runs in the bottom of the seventh made the contest appear closer than it was.
Following a 6-2 loss to De La Salle — in which Ben D’Angelo and Ted Riffle pitched well — the Devils bounced back with a great team effort to cruise past Rocklin, 11-1.
In the blowout victory, Golston threw five innings of one-hit ball, Jared McNece knocked in four runs in his 2-for-2 performance, Jeremy Likes was 2-for-3 and Hudson Forrester went 2-for-3 with a double.
The season then ended on an exciting note as Guerrero’s walk-off single plated Kreidler and sent Davis past Salinas, 6-5. Kreidler’s pitching was key in the late innings and the locals came back from a 5-4 deficit in that final frame.