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Davis leads the way in Pacifica blowout
MISSION VIEJO – In just five innings, Pacifica's Kyle Davis turned in a full day's work.
At the plate, Davis went 4 for 4, including a two-run and three-run home run, and drove in seven runs. His last at-bat came in the fourth inning.
On the mound, he went the first five innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out five to lead the visiting Mariners to the 17-2 victory over the defending CIF-SS Division 2 champion Mission Viejo on Friday.
Davis improved his record to 9-2. He now has five home runs and 36 RBIs for the season.
Andrew Marquez pitched the sixth and Brandon Scales worked the seventh to close the victory over the Diablos (19-15) .
Pacifica (27-5) will face South Hills of West Covina in the semifinals on Tuesday. South Hills defeated Rancho Verde, 10-0, in one of Friday's quarterfinal games.
"This is a day I'm always going to remember," Davis said. "Hitting multiple home runs and pitching ... I just wanted to come in and be ready for my team. It was a special day."
Davis' first home run came in the first inning, hitting a 1-1 pitch over the right-field fence for a 2-0 lead against Mission Viejo's Kieran Lovegrove.
In the third Davis hit a three-run home run to give the Mariners a 6-0 lead.
"He's been doing it all year," Pacifica coach Mike Caira said. "He's one of the best players in the county, if not the best. He wants it on his back. He's been pitching well and we're in a good place right now."
The rest of the bats in the Mariners' lineup took the cue from Davis. Pacifica pounded out 19 hits, sent 11 batters to the plate in a seven-run third inning and scored four in the fourth inning.
Jonathan Herkins was 4 for 4 and scored four runs. Devan Campos had two hits, both in the third inning, hitting a solo home run and a double. Max Bethell hit a three-run home run in the third.
"This was our first game on the road in the playoffs and we wanted to jump on them early," Davis said. "We were up 6-0 (after the third) and we wanted to stay after them. Six runs is nothing, any team could come back. We wanted to keep attacking. We saw the ball well and it paid off."