High School Sports

Davis baseball team rallies to victory

Andrew Gabriel, left, and Sierra jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Davis came back and earned a 6-5 victory Monday.
Andrew Gabriel, left, and Sierra jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Davis came back and earned a 6-5 victory Monday. Modesto Bee

The Davis High baseball team wasn't even three outs into its first game of the 39th Dick Windemuth Baseball Tournament, and it trailed by five runs.

The first seven Sierra runners reached base before starting pitcher Ryan Stice got out of the first inning.

"The good news was, it was the first inning," said Davis sophomore Jake Sisco, who went 3 for 4 from the leadoff spot. "We knew we had time to come back. We started chipping away."

The Spartans rallied and scored the eventual winner when Sisco singled in Gabe Crudo with two out in the fifth inning for a 6-5 victory Monday morning at Davis High School.

Davis coach Kevin Ruiz called the Spartans' win over Sierra a "quality" one. It also has Davis at 1-0 in pool play. The Spartans play Modesto Christian at 9:30 a.m. today at Davis. Sierra, which beat Enochs 8-0 Monday afternoon, takes on Redwood Christian at 12:15 p.m. today.

"We've been playing pretty well so far," Davis junior shortstop Jimmy Myers said. "With seven innings to go, we felt we had a chance at coming back."

The Spartans started the comeback in the third, when Sisco led off with a single. Thomas Williams followed by drawing a walk and Myers singled to score Sisco. Cleanup hitter Michael Creamer was hit by a pitch to load the bases again.

After Williams scored on a wild pitch, designated hitter Tim McCoy was hit by a pitch and Stice hit a sacrifice fly as Davis pulled within 5-3.

"Down 5-0, it would have been easy to kind of shut it down," Ruiz said. "But the kids responded well. They never gave up."

The big runs came in the fourth, when the Spartans scored two despite having nobody on base with two out.

Williams and Myers reached on errors. Creamer, who reached base four times on a hit by pitch and three bases on balls, drew a walk to load the bases. McCoy followed with a two-run single to tie the score.

"Those two runs really hurt," Sierra coach Jack Thomson said. "Nobody on, two outs and they get two. That's big for momentum."

Davis scored the final run in the fifth when Gabe Crudo doubled and scored on a Sisco single.

"We've been playing pretty well," Sisco said of his team's 10-1 start. "You want to just keep that momentum going."

Stice, who nearly was pulled in the first, rebounded to pitch into the sixth. Sierra didn't score after the five-run outburst.

"He didn't look very good in the first," Ruiz said. "We thought about pulling him and saving him for another game. But I wanted to see how he was going to react. He threw pretty well after that."

SIERRA 8, ENOCHS 0 -- Andrew Gabriel was a single from hitting for the cycle, driving in two runs, as the Timberwolves (10-2) bounced back from a morning loss to Davis with a victory over the Eagles. Gabriel had an RBI triple in the bottom of the second and a solo homer in the sixth.

Jordan Ribota and Austin Nogueira combined on a two-hit shutout for Sierra, including seven strikeouts.

ENOCHS 5, CENTRAL VALLEY 4 -- The Eagles (5-8) scored five runs in the bottom of the first on five hits, the last a two-run single by D.J. Tidwell, and held off the Hawks (5-6).

At Downey High

PITMAN 12, SONORA 5 -- The Pride (10-3) scored nine runs in the final two innings in the victory over the Wildcats (7-5). Leadoff hitter Austin Keaton went 4 for 4, including an RBI single in the sixth and a two-run double in the seventh.

Pride pitcher Tyler Snodgrass entered in the fourth with the bases loaded and two out. He induced a pop fly and earned the win. It was his first time on the mound after missing 10 days because of a sprained ankle.

Sonora starting pitcher Christian Grossi struck out 10 in six innings.

SONORA 7, DOWNEY 5 -- Frisco Brisco hit a two-run homer in the top of the first for the Wildcats (9-5), and the Knights (0-10-2) committed two errors during Sonora's four-run third.

At Modesto High

CERES 13, MODESTO 2 -- Grant Hurst hit a grand slam, and the Bulldogs scored four runs in the top of the fifth and eight in the sixth to put away the Panthers (3-8). Jonathan Alonzo pitched a four-hitter, walked none and struck out five. He allowed one earned run, Chipper Lemmo's homer in the first.

Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at wdeboard@modbee.com or 578-2300.