(El Monte) – Tony Davalos fired a complete game two hitter and struck out five to lead Arroyo to an 11-0 shut out over South El Monte Friday in the Mission Valley League opener.
Davalos was dominant through out the contest. He walked just one and never allowed a South El Monte base runner past second base. He gave up only an infield hit by Mario Lopez in the second and a bunt single by Patrick Loosvelt in the fourth.
“He’s been our most consistent pitcher. He’s been throwing pretty well,” said Arroyo Coach D.J. MacKinnon. “We have a pretty good staff all around.”
Davalos also provided a spark on offense as he singled home the first two Arroyo runs in the second with a base hit to center to pick up Mark Roche who had walked and Steven Adame who singled. The Knights added two more in the inning when Alex Solis walked and lead off man Anthony Miller doubled in two more.
Four runs were more than enough for Davalos on this day but Arroyo added another in the third, two in the fourth and four more in the fifth.
Miller reached base all four times, had three hits, scored two runs and drove in two. David Guerrero batting behind Miller, walked twice and scored a pair of runs.
“They did what they do best. We swung the bats pretty well,” MacKinnon said.
The Knights accumulated 11 hits overall. Mike Amaya had two, Adame had two and Eddie Federico had a base hit and three ribbies including a two run single in the two run fifth.
“This was good for our mental state of mind. We have a pretty good team,” MacKinnon said. “It’s a little different when you’re playing Damien and Northview (in the Northview-Bonita Tournament), but we’ve shown flashes that we can play well.”
South El Monte used two pitchers. Isidro Garcia started and went three and one-third innings before being relieved by Andrew Belzano who went the rest of the way.
The Eagles fell to 2-4 overall while Arroyo improved to 3-3.
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