ELK GROVE — It was exactly was the doctor ordered …
With Davis and Elk Grove high schools battling atop the Delta Valley Conference baseball standings, the Blue Devils needed an easy victory Thursday over struggling Monterey Trail.
Playing on the road, DHS used a 10-run fourth inning and the three-hit pitching of starter Josh Guerrero to dance to a 16-2 win.
The Devils (11-5, 4-0) host the Thundering Herd (12-2, 4-0) on Friday in the first of three games that should decide the conference crown.
“I thought Josh was solid (Thursday),” Davis coach Dan Ariola told The Enterprise. “He threw lots of strikes. He’s getter better as the season goes on … and he given us good spot starts.”
Guerrero went four innings, fanned four and didn’t walk a Mustang. Sander Richardson pitched the fifth. The success of the two hurlers allows the Blue Devils to have an arsenal of fresh frontline arms for the 4:15 p.m. showdown with Elk Grove.
Matt Trask (4-1, 0.81 ERA) will start for the locals.
Against Monterey Trail, both John Ariola and Bobby Young had perfect days at the plate, each going 3-for-3, Young adding a double — DHS’ only extra-base hit during another windy afternoon.
“The wind was blowing straight in,” Ariola explained. “We were hitting line drives. Nothing deep.”
Chris Daunt was 2-for-3 and Ryan Plumb went 2-for-4 for the Devils.