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Devil baseballers finish strong at all levels

Davis freshman pitcher Nick Pohl rocks and fires in 17-0 victory over River Valley. The Blue Devils scored seven runs in the first inning as they finished out their first-place season with an 18-4 overall record. Courtesy photo

May 10, 2011 |

It was another good week for Davis High junior varsity baseball, as the Blue Devils swept Elk Grove 14-1 and 8-7.

The rout on the road was scoreless after two innings, but DHS tallied twice when Joe Murray opened the third with a hit. A couple of outs later, Grant Dickerson walked, Reid Blankinship singled to load the bases and John Ariola’s single brought home Chris Daunt and Dickerson.

Ariola had four hits on the afternoon.

Davis scored four runs in the fifth when Ariola led off with a single, followed by Shane Norton being hit by a pitch and Daniel Martin adding a bunt single. Ariola was out at home trying to advance on a passed ball. Murray doubled home Norton and Martin, Daunt doubled home Murray, followed by Hudson Forrester’s single that scored Daunt.

Davis scored another run in the sixth inning on singles by Ariola and Norton.

A seven-run seventh frame settled the score. Bloomfield opened by walking, Daunt singled, Forrester doubled them in and singles by Dickerson, Blankinship and Ariola brought home three more runs. Later, a Norton double scored two, followed up by Martin’s RBI hit.

Norton pitched 6 2/3 innings to get the win, and Jake Miille pitched one pitch to get the final out.

Friday at DHS, Miille doubled home the winning run in the seventh inning of the 8-7 thriller.

Forrester’s RBI single began the Devil scoring.

The game was 1-1 into the fourth when Elk Grove scored twice.

Back-to-back doubles by Ariola and Norton scored a run and Davis scored twice in the fifth to lead 5-2: Daunt singled, Forrester walked and Blankinship singled them both home.

Elk Grove went back on top, 7-5.

Davis answered back as Norton scored after walking and Dickerson, who reached on a single, scored on Jake Ferrera’s sacrifice fly. With the game tied, it set the stage for Miille’s big hit.

Davis is 19-2 on the season and 10-0 in league. The locals played Franklin (18-7, 9-1 in DVC) twice this week. Davis needs one win to take the league title.

Freshman baseball

The Blue Devil freshman baseball squad went 2-1 last week, finishing 2011 with a league crown and an 18-4 overall record.

Davis began last week crushing River Valley, 17-0. The Devils made the outcome known right away, scoring seven times in the first inning, then cruising in a mercy-rule victory.

Leading the way offensively were C.K. Hicks (3-for-3 with four runs scored), Andre Foster (2-for-2 with two walks), Bram Goldstein (2-for-3), Brendan MacDonald (2-for-3, including a triple) and Trey Golston (2-for-3). Kaysey England, Nick Pohl and Hicks shared the mound duties, allowing only two hits.

Next, the Devils traveled to Woodland — which, after being dominated by Davis three previous times this season — came to play and won 6-4.

Hicks’ RBI double got the scoring started, but the Wolves scored three in the bottom of the first inning.

Golston later pulled the Devils even with a key hit and Hicks (who had three of the five Devil hits) crushed a two-out triple and scored on Josh Guerrero’s single.

Woodland scored three more to lead again. Reliever England pitched three scoreless frames but the locals couldn’t muster another rally.

Davis hosted the Wolves the next day and returned the favor with a 6-4 win, ending the season on a high note.

Davis ace Matt Trask pitched five strong innings, striking out nine and running his league record to 6-0.

Guerrero threw two scoreless innings to preserve the victory.

At the plate, the Devils scored three in the first inning on the strength of a single by Golston and a double by MacDonald.

Single runs came in the third and  fourth innings on an RBI single by Guerrero and an RBI double by Golston.

Down 5-1, the Wolves would not go away, scoring three in the fifth, but a double by Trask drove in MacDonald to provide the final margin.

“It was great to have the guys in a couple of close games at the end,” coach Mike Trask said. “Being in those situations is what makes you better. It was a great season overall. … I am very proud of the guys.”



Enterprise staff

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