Davis High baseball coach Dan Ariola likes his hitting depth this season and feels like at any moment, the Blue Devil offense is ready to break out.
DHS had a mini-breakout that led to Tuesday’s 7-4 victory at Napa, snapping a 4-4 tie with three runs in the top of the seventh.
Quentin McCray got the inning started when he was hit by a pitch. When the next batter, Jared McNece, laid down a sacrifice bunt, the Indians tried to get McCray at second, but he beat the throw. That put runners at first and second for John Ariola, who knocked in the eventual winning run with a single.
UCLA-bound senior Matt Trask followed with a two-run double to give the Devils (2-1) some insurance.
“We’re playing well right now and it was nice to have that big seventh inning,” coach Ariola said. “I actually thought we might break it open when we were up 4-1 (earlier in the game).”
Trask got Davis started with an RBI in the top of the first, plating Brett Bloomfield, who had hit the first of his two doubles.
McCray knocked in the next run in the second inning, sending Drew Gnos home with a sac fly. Gnos walked and stole second, then got to third on catcher Hudson Forrester’s single.
Bloomfield’s second two-bagger started the Blue Devils’ fourth-inning rally. He scored on a double by Ryan Kreidler, who came home on Trey Golston’s single to give DHS that three-run lead.
Golston was one of three Devil pitchers on the day as he finished what Walter Bolle and Kris Prince started.
Ariola said he’s still figuring out how he wants to use his staff, but added that Tuesday’s trio “was competitive.”
Next, Davis hosts Woodland in a 4 p.m. game on Friday.