After winning their first two games of the season the previous week, the Davis High junior varsity baseball team picked up another victory last Tuesday — topping Pleasant Grove, 10-7 — then fell 5-4 in walk-off fashion to Jesuit on Friday at Raley Field.
Veteran Blue Devil coach Bob Creely is pleased with his team’s performance thus far:
“The development of the team is going well. They are showing some of the resilience of a confident team, and at the same time, they are working on improving the skills needed to succeed at this level.”
Against Pleasant Grove, DHS starter Peter Frame, backed up by solid defense, held the visitors to only one run over the first three innings.
Meanwhile, the Devils were racking up hits and runs. First-inning singles from lead-off hitter Solomon Biers-Ariel (2-for-3), freshman Tyler Gibson, Daniel Henrickson and James Richardson (2-for-3), and an RBI grounder from Hunter Jury, staked the locals to a 5-0 lead.
Davis added on in the second when Alex Timmons tripped around the diamond on stolen bases and passed balls, finally coming home on a Gabe Gutierrez infield grounder. With Pierce Tujo (2 for 3) and freshman Jacob Avila (2-for-2) also helping out, the Blue Devils built a 9-1 advantage.
After the Eagles capitalized on two hits in the fourth, Henrickson came on in relief to end the threat.
Tujo got the start at Raley Field and was solid through his three innings, giving up three unearned runs on three hits.
DHS remained scoreless until the third inning, when Gutierrez walked and Jury found a hole in center for a base hit to score Timmons, who’d reached on an error. Gutierrez took advantage of a wild pitch to bring the score to 3-2.
Relief pitchers Noah Riffle and Gibson held Jesuit to just one run and the Devils entered the seventh inning down 4-2.
Gibson’s two-run double tied the game briefly, but the Marauders spoiled that with a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom half.
In two games the previous week, Davis defeated Napa Valley, 8-7, in extra innings, then wacked Woodland, 9-5.
Gibson was the hero of the first outing, doubling home Henrickson in the top of the eighth.
After a slow start against the Wolves, the locals went up 6-0 when Mason Shorts knocked in Henrickson in the top of the sixth.
The Blue Devils got strong contributions from Ray Young and Gavin Cosgrave in the victory.
DHS JV girls lacrosse
The Blue Devils lost the first of three games last week — dropping a 9-7 heartbreaker at San Ramon Valley on Tuesday — before posting a convincing 9-2 win over St. Francis on Thursday.
Then, a DHS squad depleted by spring break, fell to Granite Bay, 12-4.
Against San Ramon, Devil Isabella Babich scored the first three of her five goals in the first half to put her team up 3-2. Her next two along with a tally from Hanah Wyman, tied the game at 6-6, but Kailey Smith’s goal was the last one Davis would get the rest of the way.
The Blue Devils (3-3) rebounded on Thursday in their league opener, sprinting to a 6-0 first-half lead behind goals from Babich, Wyman, Smith Chloe Nicolet and Tess McDaniel. Babich and McDaniel each finished with hat tricks.
Essence Moore and Isabel Realyvasquez dominated for DHS in the midfield while Carolina Leshuk, Jeannie Kim and Sophia Sangervasi paced the Devil defense.
Against Granite Bay, goals from Moore, Esther Wang, Babich and Izzy Fanucchi weren’t enough for Davis squad that fell behind 8-2 by halftime.
DHS boys lacrosse
“The team exploded out of the gates and never let go. The defense was relentless and everyone got looks,” assistant coach Joey Moseanko said after the Blue Devils beat Foothill, 10-3, last Tuesday.
Although the Falcons found the net first on a man-down opportunity, the ball was in the DHS’ offensive territory for most of the game. Aidan Mager tied things up with his signature wrap-around and, after another Foothill goal, Sean Gellen (4-for-4 on face-offs) made a quick dodge step with a nice fake and fired it past the Falcon goalie to make it 2-2.
Two more quick shots by Gellen put the Devils up 4-2 at halftime as the second quarter belonged to Davis and its relentless defense, led by Paul Buhlman, Jake Griffiths, Enya Fujishima and Alex Levine.
After the break, local Matt Scheiber found a hole in the high right corner — off a Justin Reno assist — and Mager scored again. Later, Reno found the net on a man-up situation after a great takeaway from Griffiths.
Blue Devil goalie Miles Herget was outstanding, finishing with three saves.
DHS JV girls soccer
A 2-2 tie against Rio Americano last Tuesday was the worst thing that could have happened to the Blue Devils’ next two opponents, as DHS took out its frustrations on West Campos (12-0 on Thursday) and Franklin (2-0 on Monday).
In the loss to the Raiders, the Devils (10-0-2) didn’t lack in chances as they took 30 shots at the goal. They even opened the scoring midway through the first period when Alex Diaz buried a header off of one of several excellent corner kicks delivered by Jodie Stroeve.
A clearance error by the Davis defense set up a long shot by Rio that skipped off the fingertips of keeper Kristen Chastain to make it 1-1 at intermission, then the Raiders took a 2-1 lead early in the second half. The locals, however, equalized when Hannah DeKnikker’s hard shot bounced off the keeper to A.J. Schiesari, who controlled the bouncing ball and turned well to finish from close range.
All of those opportunities that the Blue Devils missed against Rio seemed to find the goal in the win over West Campus.
Maggie Whittemore started the scoring onslaught when she finished a rebound off a shot by Diaz, who soon made it 2-0 off a Bhavna Kodira pass. Schiesari and Kate Bosco each delivered hat tricks as Schiesari’s first goal was one for the highlight reel. DeKnikker worked magic to deliver a low cross from the left end line that Schiesari slammed home on a full volley inside the left post.
Kordira added two goals for DHS, while Sophia Sears notched her first goal of the season when she collected a loose ball near the left corner of the box and launched an arching shot into the upper corner. In addition, Devil midfielder Tessa Malone picked up a ball in the midfield and dribbled through the entire Warrior defense to deliver a well-placed goal inside the far post.
Even with just 12 players available for the matchup against Franklin — because of spring break — Davis managed to blank the Wildcats at Yudin Field. Though the visitors outshot the Blue Devils (12-9) none of them tested goalkeeper Chastain thanks to solid defense provided Willa Moffatt, Sami Esquivias and Megan Klisiewicz.
DHS did, however, enjoy a big advantage in corner kicks taken (6-1) and cashed in one of them midway through the first half when Tiffany Miras lofted a clinical corner that squirted through the hands of the Franklin keeper for an unassisted goal.
The locals iced the game after Miras was fouled about 10 yards outside the penalty area. Miras launched the ensuing direct free kick toward the upper far corner and the Wildcat keeper could only knock the ball down into the path of a charging Diaz, who punched it in from close range.