By Dylan Lee,
The Davis High Blue Devil baseball team won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 championship in the third game of a three-game series on Saturday against the St. Mary’s Rams. The Blue Devils headed into Saturday’s game looking for a sweep after taking game one of the series, 7-4 on Friday night.
Davis took a tough loss in their first Saturday game, 1-0. The Devils only mustered up 3 hits in the low-scoring affair, which saw senior Brett Bloomfield throw a complete game. Sophomore shortstop Ryan Kreidler had two solid hits out of the three.
The Devils looked to escape the series with the win in their second Saturday game, and they took it, 3-2 behind a dominant pitching performance by junior Kris Prince. Davis struck hard early, scoring all three of their runs in the first inning. Senior John Ariola led off for DHS with a single and then scored on a towering triple from Bloomfield. Kreidler wasted no time in plating the Bloomfield from third by ripping a single to double the lead. Senior Trey Golston knocked in Kreidler soon after to give Prince all the support he would need.
The Rams did not threaten until the third inning when Prince shut them down after allowing two runs. Both sides traded base hits and walks for the remainder of the game, but nobody could push another run across the plate. Prince finished out the game strong, and the Devils celebrated the title win as a team.
Even after taking a close loss in game one and losing some of their momentum, the Devils came out very strong to take the game three win. Head coach Dan Ariola received great games from both his pitchers.
“We kept battling, we kept playing hard. Guys don’t get down and don’t point fingers…Brett threw a great game for us, we should have helped him out a little more. And Kris was great he really stepped up for us in that last game” Ariola said.