It’s been a very successful season for the Davis High junior varsity boys tennis squad, which recently went 4-1 — against varsity teams — to take second place in Division 4 at the California High School Team Tournament.
The Blue Devils defeated the top squads from Garces (Bakersfield), Wilcox (Santa Clara), Redwood (Visalia) and University of San Francisco, losing only to host Clovis, 4-2.
Earlier this season, DHS topped the varsity teams from Vacaville, Woodland and Pioneer.
When they faced fellow JV squads at a Mario Mandy Bay Area tournament, coach Jeff Chale’s Devils went 30-0 in their matches against Monte Vista, Freedom, Piedmont, Heritage and Head-Royce.
Victor Lim, James Cole, David Wang and Alex Chen have been standout performers for Davis, with contributions also coming from Derek Malone, Skyler Blume, Jacob Woodard, Ryan Anderson and Michael Carriere.
In its fifth year of existence, the Blue Devil JV boys tennis team plays mostly varsity squads and likely would be a playoff contender in the Sac-Joaquin Section.
DHS JV baseball
Spring break led to a light recent schedule for the Blue Devils, who dropped both ends of a doubleheader against Jesuit two weeks ago before splitting their first two Delta Valley Conference outings.
On the bright side, the opening game of the double dip saw DHS’ Andrew Grindall pitch four strong innings — followed by one good frame each from Ben D’Angelo and Brendan Pohl — in a 2-0 loss. Unfortunately, Drew Gnos had the only two local hits in the game.
The offensive struggles continued in the nightcap (an 8-0 decision) though the Devils did have six hits, including two from Dustin Tillman, who reached base three times. After the Marauders plated six runs in the first two innings, Davis relievers Ian Miramontes, Eric Ade and Quentin McCray did well for the rest of the game, with help from a solid defense.
It was a different Blue Devil team in the conference opener, as they smacked Grant, 10-0, in a mercy rule-shortened contest on Friday.
DHS’ Walter Bolle pitched four innings of one-hit, six-strikeout baseball, before getting into a little trouble in the top of the fifth inning. But with the bases loaded, Kris Prince came in and wrapped things up with a groundout and a strikeout. At that point the Pacers were already down 6-0, thanks to busy Blue Devil bats along with a few walks and Grant errors.
Davis had taken advantage of its opportunities as center fielder Jared McNece and catcher Eric Walker got on base and scored all three times they were at bat. Kyle England also got on base every time he was up, and added two RBIs.
In the bottom of the fifth, three walks, a couple of fielders’ choices and a big hit by Gnos brought in four more runs, invoking the mercy rule to end the game.
The next morning, DHS played a rescheduled game against Franklin, falling just short in a 7-4 loss. The game started off well enough with a booming triple by Gnos, who later came home on a fly ball. The Devils and the Wildcats then exchanged runs through the first three innings to produce a 2-2 tie.
Franklin, however took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth and, though Walker scored on a rocket by Nate Curtis, the Wildcats added two more in the fifth inning.
Davis tried to come back in the seventh, adding a final run courtesy of singles by McCray and Andrew Bolich and a sacrifice fly by Gnos, but it wasn’t enough.
The locals actually outhit Franklin, 8-6, in that loss.
DHS freshman baseball
The Blue Devils hosted Rio Americano on April 2, but the Raiders prevailed, 11-5, at Playfields.
It was the first league loss of the season for DHS (4-7), which won its initial two.
Rio capitalized on a rocky Devil start, hitting a bases-clearing triple to go ahead 3-0 before Davis pitcher Noah Riffle struck out the side.
The Blue Devils responded in the bottom of the first, as Glen Welch doubled on a sharp grounder up the left-field line and eventually scored on an error.
Riffle gave up only one hit and struck out four more Raiders over the next four innings, but Daniel Henrickson managed the DHS hit in the scoreless stretch.
The wheels came off the Devil bus in the sixth, with Rio Americano getting seven runs before relievers Christian Lien and James Richardson could stop the damage.
Trailing 10-1, Davis got runs from Ben Harvey, who came in on Lien’s single, and Alex Timmons to close the gap in the bottom of the inning.
Ray Young held the visitors to one run in the final frame, before Welch — who went 2-for-4 — and Mason Shorts each had hits and scored on a passed ball and Alex Halford’s RBI in the bottom half.
DHS JV girls soccer
The strong north wind did not faze the Blue Devils on Monday as they controlled the game from start to finish, blasting Laguna Creek, 10-0, at home.
DHS wasted no time getting on the board as Kate Bosco picked up a ball at midfield and raced through the Cardinals’ defense to deliver a cross to Bhavna Kodira, who finished just 30 seconds after the opening whistle.
Moments later, Makenna Rubinstein set up midfielder Annie Leck, who scored from 15 yards out to make it 2-0.
Leck returned the favor by delivering a nice corner kick that bounced to Rubinstein for a close-range finish at close range, as LCHS had no answer for the Devil corner-kick attack. In fact, two of the 14 corners earned by DHS — one each by Leck and Melissa Teuber — turned into Cardinal own goals.
Davis defender Megan Klisiewicz slotted a through ball to a streaking Elsa Iverson, who beat the keeper with a nice touch into an open net, making it 6-0 at half.
After the break, Bosco again initiated the attack, breaking free on the right side and sending in a hard shot that glanced of the crossbar to an open Rubinstein, who punched in her second goal.
Later, Iverson rifled in a shot from the right wing that deflected off a Laguna defender to Blue Devil Hannah Thompson, who finished nicely from the top of the box. In a similar situation, a Thompson attempt bounced off a defender to teammate Alexis Olmedo for a one-touch finish.
DHS completed the scoring when Iverson picked up a rebound from Emily Torbert’s blast and tallied from six yards out. The Devils outshot the Cardinals, 49-0, in the one-sided contest.
DHS frosh/soph swimming
The Blue Devil girls dropped a 93-77 outing to Rio Americano on Tuesday, but the local boys got revenge by rallying to a 99-55 victory over the Raiders at Arroyo Pool.
Though the young DHS girls fell behind on the scoreboard, there were some triumphs worth recalling from the evening.
Alyssa Alvarez led the way for the Devils, winning both of her individual events — the 200 and 500 freestyle races. Davis coach Tracy Stapleton also mentioned that he was pleased with the performances of Kendall Doten and Julianna Chan, a young pair who captured the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke, respectively.
Meanwhile, the local boys struggled to best Rio Americano in the 200 freestyle, but then returned to earn a string of first-place finishes in individual races and relay contributions from Gabe Leal, Jonathan Desiderio and Steven Johns.
Matt Raabe sped past his Raider competition in two nearly back-to-back races, the 500 freestyle and the 100 breast, to seal the Blue Devil win.