Two days after posting a wild elimination victory over Granite Bay by scoring nine runs in the bottom of the seventh and final inning, Davis High School baseball went with a more conventional victory route on Saturday afternoon against another Sierra Foothill League opponent.
Ryan Bell pitched 6 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out four, and Ian McIsaac roped a two-run double down the line to highlight a four-run fourth inning to propel the Blue Devils past Del Oro 5-1 in the double-elimination phase of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I North playoffs at Sacramento City College.
Davis (22-7) faces two-time defending champion Elk Grove on Tuesday night at Union Stadium in a meeting of Delta League rivals. Elk Grove swept Davis in two league meetings to win the league title.
Davis and Elk Grove are each 2-0 in this postseason. The winner Tuesday advances to Friday’s final at Sac City against the loser’s bracket survivor.
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Jake Painter, Max Thompson and Nick Vogt each had an RBI for Davis, which stunned Granite Bay 15-14 on Thursday and celebrated with a dog pile.
Del Oro (18-12) on Monday plays SFL rival Oak Ridge in an elimination game at Sac City. Del Oro has already eliminated longtime power Jesuit and top-seeded Vacaville, and the Golden Eagles seek their first D-1 title after competing for years in Division I or D-II.
Davis won section titles in 2000, 2004 and 2014 under current coach Dan Ariola.