By Julia Curtis and Claire Bold,
The Davis High baseball team played like true professionals against the Rocklin Thunder on Thursday, March 17 at Sacramento’s Raley Field. The non-conference game ended in the seventh inning, with the Blue Devils winning by a whopping 7-0.
Playing under the lights at Raley Field, home to the Sacramento River Cats, is a chance not many high school players get.
“[Playing at Raley Field] is a once in a lifetime experience. It’s not to often that the opportunity comes up that we get to play on a low-grade professional field,” senior Gabe Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez drilled the ball to left field in the second inning, hitting a double and bringing in Davis’ first two runs.
“There was a big crowd turnout, [and] that always gets us into the game. We feed off the crowd a lot and that’s how we score high,” Gutierrez said.
Senior Peter Frame made it nearly impossible for the Thunder to gain any hope of scoring a run, pounding Rocklin with fastballs and then switching it up with the change-up. Frame pitched five innings while only allowing one hit and striking out five batters.
“Coach Ariola makes sure to play all of the seniors at Raley. It really paid off tonight because five out of seven of our runs were scored by seniors,” junior Griffin Duisenberg said.
Seniors Solomon Biers-Ariel and Ryan Kreidler were also huge contributors to the Thursday night win.
On defense, Biers-Ariel caught every fly ball in center field, while Kreidler managed to miraculously get an out by backhanding the ball to the third baseman. Combined, Biers-Ariel and Kreider scored three of the Devils runs.
“Our team chemistry is fantastic this year,” Kreidler said. “We have lots of skill, but if we do lack at anything in skill, we no doubt make up for in heart. I will say that every day of the week, we make up for it in heart. I can hear a section title calling our names.”