The Davis High junior varsity baseball team had a busy week, playing Pleasant Grove three times and Jesuit once.
Although the Blue Devils went 1-3 in this stretch, all the losses were close, improvements were clear and they wrapped things up with a strong win against the Eagles.
In that first game last week against Pleasant Grove, things were tied until the Eagles scratched out a walk-off run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win, 3-2.
Pitching defined the game from the start as DHS’ Walter Bolle went 4 2/3 innings while allowing only five hits and two runs. With two outs and two men on base in the fifth inning, Ben D’Angelo came in ended the threat. He followed with a perfect three-up, three-down sixth.
The downside to this pitching-dominated game was that Devil bats were relatively silent, managing only four hits. The game started well as Drew Gnos scored first for Davis after a single. A sacrifice bunt by Ian Miramontes, a stolen base and a wild pitch did the trick.
After an PG equalizing run, back came the Blue Devils with a hit by Quentin McCray, a sacrifice bunt by Eric Walker and a sacrifice fly by Andrew Bolich.
The Eagles returned the favor once again, then won in their final at-bat.
On Friday, the Blue Devils arrived at a cold and windy Raley Field to play Jesuit.
The weather didn’t help DHS as Jesuit managed to get more balls into the outfield where the wind made the fielders’ work very difficult. Despite this — and the fact that Jesuit outhit the locals 10-4 — the Blue Devils managed to keep the game close, nonetheless losing, 7-5.
For Davis, Solomon Biers-Ariel scored on Gnos’ infield hit in the third and Gnos eventually scored after a steal and two wild pitches.
Andrew Walker led off the fourth inning with a hit that landed just inside the right-field line, advanced on two groundouts, then came home on a throwing error (the second and last error by Jesuit).
Meanwhile, the Marauders scored three runs in the first three innings and had a big fourth inning, scoring four runs on five hits.
The fifth inning brought a bit of a rally for the Devils, as D’Angelo walked, Biers-Ariel got a hit to right field and Gnos brought them both in on a hit to center. With the score now 7-5, Brendan Pohl and Bolle pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh for the locals.
Although Davis was haunted by fielding errors again, there were also some defensive jewels: a satisfying out at home on a relay from left field Andrew Walker to third baseman Nate Curtis to catcher Eric Walker and a nice pickoff by the combination of Bolle, first baseman Andrew Grindall and second baseman Dustin Tillman.
Tuesday found the Devils back at Pleasant Grove for a doubleheader. Game 1 ended similarly to the previous matchup with the Eagles squeaking out a 2-1 win behind four scoreless innings from starting pitcher Bolle. But the locals dominated the nightcap, 9-2.
DHS’ pitching was strong as Kyle England went four innings, allowing only one run, and Tillman followed with one unearned run in his two frames. Curtis finished up with a scoreless seventh, thanks to help from a diving Noel Parente in right field, who caught a surprised Eagle runner in a double play.
That was one of three double plays executed by the Blue Devils.
On offense, England had a double, McCray and Bolich two singles apiece, D’Angelo a single and an unexpected sacrifice bunt and Curtis a single.
DHS freshmen baseball
The Blue Devils were shut out in two contests last week — and at the conclusion of nonconference play, the squad is now 2-5.
But, the seven nonleague games have given freshman baseball coach David Watts a good look at his players in a variety of positions on the field and at the plate.
Last Tuesday, DHS dropped a five-inning, mercy-rule decision to Will C. Wood, 10-0.
Mason Shorts recorded the locals’ lone hit in the fourth inning, advancing Peter Frame and Gavin Cosgrave, who both got to base on Wildcat errors. But other than a single walk to Jake Guerrero in the third, Wood hurler Sam Lansky gave up nothing else in his four innings toeing the rubber.
Former Vacaville resident Greg Rohnstock opened on the mound for Davis, pitching against his former teammates. In his first outing of the season, Rohnstock looked in control, giving up only one unearned run on two hits through his first two innings. But as rain began to fall, the Wildcats gained the edge and were rolling, 6-0, after three innings.
On Thursday, under far more favorable weather conditions, the Devil played host to Jesuit, but still failed to score a run and ended with a 6-0 loss.
It looked like a ball game through five innings as DHS trailed just 2-0 going into the sixth after Devil starter Pierce Tujo gave up only one hit in his 6 2/3 innings — a double in an otherwise scoreless Marauder fourth. Tujo ultimately allowed four runs (three earned) due to an assortment of walks, wild pitches and errors.
Sixth-inning reliever Daniel Henrickson made a brief appearance and added a pair of walks before Frame came in and induced a grounder to end the frame on one pitch. Only two runs scored in that inning, both credited to Tujo. In the seventh, Frame gave up two runs on four hits in a busy inning that widened the visitors’ lead.
Jesuit pitcher John Louis Chiappe (3-0 on the season) was impressive in shutting down the locals’ offense. However, the first five batters in the Davis lineup (Alex Timmons, Frame, Cosgrave, Shorts and Glen Welch) each managed a base hit.