Following Wednesday’s 17-0 shellacking of host Monterey Trail, the Davis High baseball team has now won its first three Delta Valley Conference games without surrendering a run.
Blue Devil head coach Dan Ariola knows the string of shutouts will probably end during Friday’s showdown with Elk Grove, which is also 3-0 in league play. But he’s hoping the win streak continues.
“No doubt about it, Elk Grove has been the team (to beat) since we’ve been in the league,” Ariola said. “These head-to-heads are huge because Elk Grove isn’t going to lose to anybody else in the league, except maybe Franklin, so you have to get 2 out of 3. That becomes a lot harder when you lose the first one.
“But we are ready, (Alec) Miramontes is on the mound and he’s going to throw well.”
DHS, which has scored 34 runs in three games against the lower half of the DVC standings, knows it won’t get that many against the Thundering Herd. The key, Ariola says, is limiting the damage from Elk Grove’s big boppers at the top of the lineup.
One of those great hitters is J.D. Davis, who doubles as a dominating pitcher for Elk Grove. Davis, however, pitched five innings on Monday, so may not get the start for the Herd in Friday’s game (which is in Davis at 4:15 p.m.).
“I’ll be surprised if he starts, but he will be available I’m sure,” Ariola said. “And Elk Grove never has just one guy, they will have a good pitcher out there.”
On Wednesday, one of the Devils’ good pitchers, Jack Shelledy, got about 16 more runs of support than he needed against Monterey Trail. Shelledy tossed four innings, allowing just one hit, striking out 10 Mustangs and getting the other two on comebackers. Reinert Toft finished the game, whiffing two in his fifth-inning stint.
The DHS offense got enough runs in the first when leadoff man Josh Cosio walk and scored, George Hatamiya singled and came home by Ben Eckels’ sacrifice fly and red-hot Dillon Johnson got the first of his three hits to knock in Galen Hoshovsky. But the Blue Devils added a 12-run outburst in the second frame, highlighted by Cosio’s two-run double, to make sure.
“Everybody came up and did something in that inning,” Ariola said. “There were hits, walks, errors, a little bit of everything. Monterey Trail doesn’t have a JV team so they are really young.”