Baseball isn’t just about getting hits — those hits have to be timely.
After enduring a flurry of runs from visiting Pleasant Grove in the second inning, the Davis High baseball team couldn’t get the hits when it needed them and lost, 7-1, on Tuesday.
The Blue Devils (3-2) saw a three-game winning streak snapped, while the Eagles improved to 2-0 on the season.
DHS junior Walter Bolle got the start in the matchup of area powerhouses, and was able to hold PG in check in the first inning, with the help of a highlight-reel play from third baseman Trey Golston. The senior slipped while backhanding a sharp grounder to his left and still managed to throw a David Wright-esque strike to Matt Trask at first to get the runner.
But the second inning was the beginning of the end for the Devils.
After two walks to open the frame, Kellen O’Brine was caught stealing but Kyle Freitus’ single put two on for the Eagles. John Sinclair followed with a blast that hit the left-center field fence on one hop, bringing home Bo Boyle and Freitus. Sinclair then scored on an uncharacteristic error by first baseman Trask.
Pleasant Grove scored two more runs in the inning to take a 5-0 lead, but it was the walks that Davis coach Dan Ariola said started it all.
“We walked the first two kids; you can’t come out and walk two guys against a good hitting team,” Ariola explained. “Pleasant Grove is one of the top teams in the area, to me they’re the best team in the area. You make a couple mistakes and they’ll capitalize.”
Ariola, however, was not worried about the fielding mishaps that plagued a typically strong Blue Devil defense. DHS dropped several balls Tuesday, but was only charged with two errors.
“Our defense has been good, we made some nice plays too,” Ariola said. “We made some decent plays; I’m not too worried about our defense. We’re going to kick around a few balls here and there.”
The offense left more to be desired as the Devils had several chances to bounce back, but never got the big hit they needed.
Davis’ best chance came in the bottom of the second as it loaded the bases with two outs. However, Eagle hurler Dalton Gomez unleashed a nasty inside curveball to strike Blue Devil senior Brett Bloomfield out looking. DHS left nine men on base over the course of the game but, for Ariola, that was better than not getting them on at all.
“We got some guys on; did some good things. (Gomez) is a tough pitcher,” the veteran coach said. “We just didn’t have a lot of timely hits.
“We left some guys on base, we had some opportunities to get some runs across the board and we couldn’t do it. But they’ll fall; we’ll score runs. It was just one of those days.”
The Devils managed a run in the fifth inning, but it was too little too late.
Ariola used five different pitchers as Bolle was followed on the mound by Josh Guerrero, Ted Riffle, Golston and Bloomfield. UCLA-bound Trask, the reigning Delta Valley Conference Player of the Year, will get the start Friday when DHS faces rival Jesuit at Raley Field. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
“We try and make a tough nonleague schedule, we’re in tough tournaments,” Ariola said. “When you play Elk Grove and Franklin you have to play these type of teams. We just have to keep grinding; keep getting better. We have to get better in all facets of the game.”