By Cliff Djajapranata,
The Davis High men’s varsity baseball team knocked out the Monterey Trail Mustangs in a 12-1 victory on April 3 that ended in the fifth inning as a result of the mercy rule.
The Devils came out strong in the first inning, with the Mustangs getting no one on first base. Both senior Matt Trask and junior Nate Curtis hit early doubles to put the Devils up 6-0 by the end of the first inning.
Monterey Trail could not quite catch up in the second inning, as the Blue Devils tagged out their lone man on second base. Senior Hudson Forrester’s hit ultimately put in three runs, raising the Devil lead to 11-0.
The Mustangs tried to fight back, as they scored their first run in the fourth inning. However, their lone run was not enough to close the gap with the Devils, forfeiting the game in a 12-1 Devil victory in the fifth inning.
Blue Devil coach Dan Ariola was impressed with his team’s performance against Monterey Trail, saying that the team did well in getting an early lead.
“We hit the ball solid in the first inning today. We got some guys on and hit the ball hard,” Ariola said.
However, Ariola still believes that the team could use a lot of work in improving its game.
“We need to get better in all facets of the game, but we’re getting there— we’re getting better, and that’s all I care about. We try to get better every day, every game [and] every week,” Ariola said.