It appears Enochs High has found the pitcher it needs for a run at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.
Junior right-hander Matt Boone was masterful Thursday, firing a two-hitter with a school-record 16 strikeouts as the Eagles beat Downey 8-0 to stay a game out of first place in the Modesto Metro Conference.
The Eagles (12-4, 8-1) have their ace in John Alonzo, but had yet to settle on a No. 2.
That's no longer an issue.
"Matt's made an impact on me," Enochs coach Matt Brown said. "He's thrown well the last couple of times out. He just keeps throwing strikes. He was around the plate all day, and when he missed, it wasn't by much."
The top of the Eagles' lineup — J.T. Boles, Matt Walsh and Alonzo — were 9-for-12 with three doubles, a homer, six RBIs and six runs scored.
Enochs opened the first with three straight hits, then cleanup hitter Brian Dix hit a two-run homer. Dix had hit a grand slam in Wednesday's 9-4 win over Downey.
"Those kids at the top of the lineup are getting us going," said Brown, whose club trails first-place Davis (12-4, 9-0).
Enochs and Davis play a home-and-home series the final week of the season.
DAVIS 5, JOHANSEN 3, at Johansen — The Spartans survived a scare by scoring two runs in the eighth to top the Vikings (6-11, 2-7). Johansen had scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to tie it.
Johansen had a runner on third with two out in the seventh, but Julian Castaneda's double made it 3-2. P.J. Watzke then singled in Castaneda.
With two out in the eighth, Jake Sisco walked and scored when Michael Creamer hit a 3-2 pitch over the center fielder's head for a double. Ryan Stice's triple then made it 5-3.
Sisco pitched four strong innings, but Creamer — who surrendered the lead — went the last four and got the win.
BEYER 15, MODESTO 3, at Modesto — Garrett Roberts and Stephen Roy each had two homers and five RBIs as the Patriots (6-11, 4-5 MMC) pounded the Panthers (6-11, 1-8) in a five-inning game.
Roberts homered to open the game, and Roy hit both of his homers in a 10-run fifth. Kyle Crawford and Garrett Matuzo also homered for the hot-hitting Patriots.
Crawford, a junior, struck out nine and gave up two hits.