STOCKTON -- Davis High just isn't the same team without Jimmy Myers at shortstop and, as a result, its season came to a disappointing conclusion Thursday.
Myers' replacement made two devastating errors in the first inning, and that was all the advantage St. Mary's needed to beat Davis 11-1 in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff opener.
While St. Mary's (18-10) goes on to face Buhach Colony (24-4) in Monday's second round, the Spartans (19-9) finish their season with three losses in a row.
Myers didn't play short in any of those losses, due to a sports hernia he suffered late in the season.
"He's our leader out there, the sort of kid who makes everyone around him play better and with confidence," Davis coach Kevin Ruiz said. "He not only makes the plays, but he's directing the defense and settling kids down."
Davis lost twice to rival Beyer last week, but neither was as frustrating as this lopsided loss.
After stranding two runners in the top of the first, the Spartans took the field and disaster hit.
With the bases full, sophomore shortstop Les Northcutt scooped up a grounder to start an apparent double play -- but his throw sailed into right field as two runs scored. Northcutt drifted behind second for a pop fly later in the first, but it hit off the side of his glove and two more runs scored.
By the time Davis had its first hit, a two-out double in the fifth by Jake Sisco, St. Mary's led 10-0. Myers' double -- he was getting his first at-bats in three weeks -- scored Sisco to momentarily stave off the 10-run rule. A run in the bottom of the fifth ended it.
While St. Mary's lost 10 games in the regular season, its record was deceiving because of a schedule stacked with some of California's top baseball programs.
Ruiz said he will beef up Davis' schedule next spring to prepare the Spartans for the intensity that comes with the playoffs.
"We've got a young team, and I want these kids ready for this type of ball when we come back."