The day started out sunny for the Devils but the clouds rolled in, metaphorically and literally, as the varsity baseball team took the field against Franklin High. Franklin beat DHS 7-3 on Monday night.
The beginning of the game had sophomore Matthew Trast taking the mound against Franklin. The first inning didn’t bode well for the Devils as the first batter got on base due to an error. The next two batters advanced the runners and scored three runs before the Devils could shut them down.
The bottom of the inning proved just as bad as the Devils went three up, three down, without a run scored.
The second inning was better as Ben Eckels was walked and John Ariola hit one to center, which advanced the runners. Hayden Duer came up and proceeded to drive in two runs with a double.
Duer, a junior, wasn’t playing defensively, and just hitting. “A baseball game can change momentum with one swing of the bat, if you put a few hits together, then you can score runs and the players feed off each other,” Duer said, “Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out like that for us.”
The fourth inning proved to be as difficult as the first and Trast retired, and Reinert Toft was brought in. Despite the pitching change, Franklin held on a little longer with a two run RBI hit by Kyle Zanze.
The rest of the game remained the same pattern of easy and difficult innings with Joe Murray, Chris Gnos, and Patric Kreidler all advancing runners but even with them the Devils only scored one more run.
“We didn’t have our best effort today and Franklin played well,” Dan Ariola, head coach, said. “We’re playing Elk Grove tomorrow, we’re going to bounce back.”