Dan Ariola’s Davis High summer baseball team has been getting most of its victories with good pitching and good defense. But on Saturday, the Blue Devils took it to the extreme.
Behind strong mound outings from Kris Prince and Ian Miramontes, the locals edged De La Salle, 1-0, at the DHS field.
“There wasn’t much offense from either team,” Ariola said. “I think (the Spartans) had three or maybe four hits.”
And that was two or three more than the Devils, whose only hit came from Dan Henrickson. But with Prince going four shutout innings and Miramontes finishing with three more scoreless frames, Andrew Bolich’s sixth-inning heroics gave Davis the victory.
In the top of the frame, Bolich nailed a De La Salle runner at the plate with a laser from center field.
Bolich than walked with one out in the bottom of the sixth, stole second, then went to third on Drew Gnos’ groundout. With Tyler Gibson at the plate, Bolich scored the game’s only run on a wild pitch.
With such a small margin, the Blue Devils’ precision defense was especially key. Ariola was particularly impressed with Quentin McCray’s work at shortstop and Gibson’s play at third base.
DHS returns to its home field on Sunday (9 a.m.) for a doubleheader against Archbishop Mitty. Walter Bolle will start on the mound for the locals in Game 1.