Matt Trask overcame a slow start by allowing no hits after the second inning, and the 6-foot-3 Davis High School ace hammered a three-run double off the 405-foot sign in dead center field at Pacific’s Klein Family Field to highlight a six-run second inning to key a 7-4 victory over St. Mary’s on Friday night in Game 1 of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I best-of-three series.
Trask struggled early, and an error allowed the Rams of Stockton to lead 3-0 in the top of the first inning. But the UCLA-bound senior settled down, going six total innings and allowing two earned runs and striking out four to improve to 6-1.
In his last outing last week at Sacramento City College, Trask tossed six shutout innings against Rocklin in a D-I North game, a no-hitter that was preserved with Trey Golston’s save.
Golston earned the save with a hitless inning against St. Mary’s, the six-time defending D-I South champion, a run that includes an overall title three-peat from 2010 though 2012.
Brett Bloomfield had two hits, Ryan Kreidler had an RBI and scored a run, and John Ariola scored a run for Davis, which seeks the program’s third championship since 2000 under coach Dan Ariola. Game 2 is today at noon with Game 3 to follow, if needed.
Dan Ariola sat out Friday’s game, per CIF rules for being ejected in his last outing. Assistant coach Marc Keller, a former Davis player, coached the Blue Devils.
– Joe Davidson