When Davis High's Jake Sisco rears back to throw a ball as hard as he can, there's just no telling where it might go.
When the 6-foot-3-inch junior relaxes, sacrificing speed to improve his accuracy, his catcher rarely has to shift the glove to receive the pitch.
"Jake's a competitor and that sometimes gets the best of him," coach Kevin Ruiz said. "He's a good enough pitcher that he doesn't need to try and strike everyone out. Strikeouts will come."
Sisco was at his best Wednesday, striking out 10 and walking three in seven innings to lead the Spartans to a 7-1 victory over Pitman in the 40th Windemuth Classic.
"This was Jake's best performance," said Ruiz, whose No. 2 hurler brought a 1-3 record and 3.32 ERA into the game.
Sisco allowed five hits to Pitman (10-10), but the Pride was unable to mount a significant threat. Leadoff hitter Tyler Carr walked to start the game and scored on Tyler Snodgrass' single, but that all the Pride could muster.
"We talked about that afterward, and explained it was the walk that hurt him, not the hit later in the inning," said Ruiz, pleased to see Sisco go seven. "We want to get back into our rotation for conference play, so we'll throw Ryan Stice (today)."
Davis (14-5) leads the Modesto Metro Conference, and has four games with second-tier teams Downey and Modesto before finishing with two vs. second-place Enochs (14-5).
Sisco, set to pitch the first game of each two-game series, said he was feeling the affect of having thrown an inning of relief on Tuesday.
"My arm was a bit sore, but I felt better as I threw more," Sisco said. "I was relaxed and it helped me keep the ball down. The plan was to hit spots and keep everything low because of the wind."
The Spartans loaded the bases in the first and took a 2-0 lead on RBI groundouts by Martin Gonzales and Jake Hawkins, and then used their speed to help generate the rest of their runs. Davis stole seven bases without being caught, with leadoff hitter Matt Coulter collecting three.
TURLOCK 2, DOWNEY 1, at Downey — Jaime Rodriguez scattered five hits and the Bulldogs took advantage of two early run-scoring singles to top the Knights, despite Tyler Caldwell's six-hitter.