WEST SACRAMENTO - A late fifth inning surge the Jesuit Marauders baseball team gave them a 3-2 win over at Raley Field Monday. The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Blue Devils.
Davis head coach Dan Ariola said that his team needed to work on getting more winning hits, but credited Jesuit’s bullpen for pitching well.
“We had a 2-1 (lead) early in a game and it would have been nice to add to it,” Ariola said. “We had to try and scratch another run across there somewhere to extend the lead but we didn’t do it. Their bullpen threw well, though.”
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Jusuit’s start pitcher Logan James, who is headed to Stanford in the fall, provided defense as well as offense by throwing five strikeouts and hitting a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning to give Jesuit the win.
James pitched well until giving up a two-run single to senior Davis catcher George Hatamiya in the top of the second. That gave Davis a 2-1 lead.
Jesuit (3-2), playing as the home team at Raley Field, had trouble getting hits against Davis (4-2) starting pitcher Matt Trask.
“Getting their starter out of the game made a big difference,” said Jesuit head coach Joe Potulny. “I think getting into the bullpen with the second guy really made a difference, our hitters seemed a lot more comfortable. Their starter was really good.”
Hatamiya had a big game for Davis and in addition to the two-run single in the second, he also pitched an inning, which impressed Potulny.
“He’s got a pretty good slider, right-handed hitters are going to have a tough time against him,” he said.
Left-hand pitcher senior Gabe Araj came in as relief for Jesuit in the seventh inning to hold off the late threat by Davis, including battling for an out with Hatamiya at the plate.
Playing at Raley Field was an enjoyable experience and a chance to play at the home of the Sacramento River Cats, players said. The game was on a make-up date following a rain postponement earlier this month.
Potulny said that playing at Raley Field is a great experience for both the teams and the families that come and watch the games.
“I think the kids love it, the parents love it too,” he said. “Everyone has a great time and for most of the players, they’re not going to play baseball after high school so to get to play on this field is really special.”
The win ended a three-game winning streak Davis had going leading into Monday’s game.
Davis will play its first league game at Grant High School on Friday.