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Chris Davis was 5 for 6 with four RBIs last week in Aragon’s sweep of El Camino. Currently on a three-game winning streak, the Dons are now tied for first place in the Ocean Division.
After three series splits at the outset of league play, Aragon’s mission was simple.
The Dons had to sweep a series to climb back into the Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division race.
Last week, Aragon swept a two-game series from El Camino to extend its current winning streak to three games. With the streak, the Dons have made things quite interesting in the Ocean Division race by moving into a first-place tie with Hillsdale and Sequoia, all at 5-3 in league, with Capuchino at 4-4 trailing by one game.
The driving force of the Dons’ lineup against the Colts was Chris Davis. The senior third baseman went five for six at the plate with four RBIs and two runs scored. On the mound, he worked two innings in the series opener to earn his second save of the year in support of a 4-2 win.
For catching fire just when Aragon needed it the most, Davis has been named the San Mateo Daily Journal Athlete of the Week.
“That was the hottest week I’ve had so far,” Davis said. “Just a lot of adjustments mentally and physically I had to make.”
Davis currently leads the Dons with a .410 batting average and 25 hits on the year. After beginning the season batting leadoff, he quickly settled into the No. 3 spot in the order. And Aragon manager Lenny Souza is impressed at how his hot-hitting senior has responded to the pressure.
“You get pitched so much tougher in the three-spot — and he’s hitting .410 on the season,” Souza said. “He’s handled everything so well. He has a really simple approach and doesn’t try to do too much.
“Every time I look he’s on base. He’s been playing a really good defensive third base too. That’s what’s made a big difference. He’s been picking balls, turning double plays from that side. Last several games we’ve had zero errors and he’s been a big reason why.”
Davis picked it clean at the hot corner in support of right-hander Kevin Hahn’s shutout gem in the 5-0 win over El Camino to cement last week’s critical sweep. Both native San Mateans, Davis and Hahn have played together since their Pirates little-league squad with Hahn’s father Don as the manager.
Known as C.D. by his teammates, Davis is a self-proclaimed baseball rat. In grade school, he dabbled in basketball and soccer, but by middle school he made the decision to play all baseball all the time.
However, this year is the senior’s first year on the varsity squad. And Davis made a quick impression, hitting for three legs of the cycle in Aragon’s opening scrimmage at San Mateo. But after starting the regular season winning five of their first six — including three one-run victories — the Dons hit the skids, losing seven of their next nine.
“We were feeling [the pressure] and then we came together because we want to make this the most memorable senior year we’ve had,” Davis said. “We want to make it to [Central Coast Section playoffs] and to make it as far as we can go.”
But an injury to senior outfielder Andre Perkins to start the year played a factor in staggering the Dons’ momentum. And pitcher-shortstop Hahn was a late arrival due to Aragon basketball’s run in the Northern California postseason tournament and then also experienced downtime due to an injury.
Now Aragon is getting healthy with three two-game series left on its schedule, including a big matchup this week with Hillsdale. So, the Dons are keeping the strategy simple. The mission — sweep, sweep, sweep.
“We’re at the point where we’ve got [Perkins], Davis and Hahn in the lineup for the first time all year,” Souza said. “So, I think that’s the reason why you’re seeing us pick up. And hopefully we can get things going and play our best ball in this home stretch.”