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May 4, 2013

Herd tied atop DVC

Davis had a chance to snap Elk Grove's four year run atop the Delta Valley Conference, but committed four errors in a 12-2 loss to the Thundering Herd. The two teams meet again on Tuesday in a winner take all contest to end the regular season.

With plenty of buildup coming into the game, there were fireworks early in a first inning home plate collision. With Blue Devils on first and third, John Ariola attempted to steal second and got caught in a rundown with Carlos Moseley and Ryan Tellez. After Tellez tagged him out, he spun around and threw a strike to catcher Dom Nunez/db] to get Davis second baseman Joe Murray for the third out. Murray created a collision with Nunez and was ejected per high school rules and will have to sit out Tuesday's finale.

After two scoreless innings, Elk Grove scored a run in the second off two Davis errors. The Thundering Herd opened the game up with four runs in the third inning off Davis starter Matt Trask. Freshman Dylan Carlson drew a bases loaded walk and Elk Grove got RBI singles from sophomores Ty Madrigal, Moseley and senior DJ Mico. Davis got two runs back in the fourth inning off a hard hit two run double to right field from catcher Hayden Duer.

"We did an absolutely great job. We got a lot of two strike hits from our young guys," Elk Grove head coach Jeff Carlson said. "Our young guys have done a good job at the bottom of the order."

From there, it was all Elk Grove with five runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth. Moseley had a two RBI single in the fourth while Davis' fourth error plated Tellez and Derek Hill to mark an early end to the game.

Elk Grove senior David Smith picked up the win and owns just two varsity losses over the past three years. One was against Cathedral Catholic as a sophomore and the other versus Campolindo this year

"He's been outstanding," Carlson said of his senior. "He just wins."

Prospect Report

Elk Grove has a slew of high level hitters to make up the best lineup in NorCal. Tellez and Nunez lead the group and are two of the top draft prospects in the region. Tellez went 2-for-3 with an infield single, a hit by pitch and a smooth swing in driving the ball to the right-center gap for a double. He also had a couple of nice scoops at first. Nunez was once again behind the dish and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Sophomore shortstop Nick Madrigal went 1-for-4 with an infield single, but showed off his speed getting down the line. Hill went 3-for-3 in reaching base four times. He was able to hit the ball to multiple fields and also possesses speed. The junior makes a strong case for top hitter in the 2014 class.

Smith is a lanky 6-foot-4, 185 pound right-hander. He didn't have his best stuff on Friday, but has transferrable skills. He has some velocity and good feel on his breaking stuff. He walked one and hit two batters while striking out five. He allowed five hits and two runs on 76 pitches.

Trask took the loss in throwing 90 pitches in 3.1 innings. Through a combination to being a little off his game, a good approach from Elk Grove and some tough breaks, he allowed 17 base runners. The 6-foot-3 right-hander has good breaking stuff and looked to pound the bottom of the zone, but Elk Grove did a good job on not chasing. The UCLA commit defeated Elk Grove earlier this year.

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