ELK GROVE — With his team facing floundering Monterey Trail in the first of back-to-back games Thursday, Davis High baseball coach Dan Ariola wanted the Blue Devils to do their best to keep playing at a high level.
They did just what their coach wanted in the road encounter and the result was a 19-0 Delta Valley Conference win over the host Mustangs.
First-place DHS (14-8-1, 10-2) and struggling MTHS (1-23, 0-12) match up again Friday in Davis (4:15 p.m.).
On Thursday, the Devils scored a run in the first — which was all starter Walter Bolle and reliever Kris Prince would need — then piled on with six in each of the next two innings, five in the fourth and one in the fifth frame. They had 17 hits.
“We played well and Walter pitched well,” Ariola said after his junior left-hander tossed four strong innings. “Everybody contributed and we put pressure on them in every inning.”
Though Davis scored five runs on wild pitches, it also hit the ball hard on numerous occasions.
Ryan Kreidler led the way with three hits, including a double, and was one of four locals to drive in two runs. The others were Matt Trask (2-for-3), Jeremy Likes (2-for-2) and Trey Golston (1-for-3).
John Ariola added a pair of hits, one of them a two-bagger, and an RBI, Hudson Forrester had two safeties and knocked in a run, while hits also came from Brett Bloomfield, Josh Guerrero, Drew Gnos, Prince and Nate Curtis.