Zach Davies is good enough on the mound not to need any help, but Hamilton gave it to him anyway.
The Mesquite ace allowed only a wind-aided home run and got out of a pair of jams by picking runners off second base as the top-ranked Wildcats defeated No. 2 Hamilton 7-1 in a 5A non-region baseball game on Wednesday at Hamilton.
Davies gave up just five hits and struck out five in the complete game victory.
The pickoffs came in the third and fourth innings, and the Huskies would only get one more player past first base the rest of the way.
Davies, an Arizona State commit, used pinpoint control and a steady mixture of off-speed pitches to baffle the Hamilton hitters.
“This was all about Zach Davies,” Hamilton coach Mike Woods said. “He pitched a great game.”
Mesquite took a 2-0 lead early, but Parker Osborne hit a solo homer in the bottom of the second inning to cut the lead in half. From there on, though, Hamilton’s bats went silent while Mesquite’s heated up.
Garrett Jeffries had a run-scoring double in the top of the third to make it 3-1 and a bases loaded fielder’s choice groundout to make it 4-1 in the fifth. Nick Rosales followed with a single to make it 5-1, and Spencer Applebach added some insurance with a two-run single in the seventh.
It was plenty for Davies, who retired five of the final six batters he faced.
Jeffries, Lane Doty and Nick Rosales each had a pair of hits for Mesquite, and Matt Poterson added a solo home run in the second inning. Trent Goodrich went 2-for-3 for Hamilton, the only Huskies player to have multiple hits off Davies.
The win improved Mesquite to 15-1 on the season.
“We’ll take it, but we’ve still got to focus on the long season ahead of us,” Mesquite coach Jeff Holland said.