SACRAMENTO — It was exactly what Davis High softball coach George Meagher had been preaching: be more aggressive on the basepaths and good things will happen.
In sweeping Rocklin and Lincoln on the opening day of the Victory Tournament at the Sacramento Softball Complex, the Blue Devils used a well-placed sacrifice and base-running daring as the coup de grâce.
After pitcher Becky Nakano threw a two-hit shutout to beat the Rocklin Thunder, 5-0, she was instrumental in DHS bringing its record even at 2-2 with a 3-2 nod against Lincoln.
Opening the final frame with a single, Nakano was lifted for pinch runner Chelsea Brent. Sophomore Stephanie Cello was asked to bunt Brent along.
Cello got the ball down, with Brent going to second and Cello out at first, but Brent saw nobody covering third. Off she went — and when the Fighting Zebra’s second baseman threw the ball away — Brent came home with the game-winning run.
“We had a squeaker in that second game,” Meagher thought. “But we got that perfect bunt down and had some good base running.
“I thought Kaitlyn (Grim) and Becky pitched well for us, too.”
Nakano, in relief of Grim, picked up her second win of the day. In the earlier complete-game victory, Nakano walked four and fanned four.
Megan Winton had a big day for the Devils, going 4-for-6 with a double and two RBI. Nakano had singles in both games and walked twice in the opener. She also had a first-game RBI.
Sydney Rosenblum and Haley Cameron were both 2-for-3 in the second contest.
Brittany Bloomfield, Cello and Emily Glass also had hits for the locals, who are to meet Ponderosa today at 3:15 p.m. Meagher said winning that game puts DHS in great position for a run at the tournament title on Saturday.
Notes: The Blue Devils battled through a constant rain in the first game, but skies cleared in Sacramento for a semi-dry second outing…. On Wednesday,Davis battled for nine innings before falling to McClatchy in a 2-1 nonleague game on the road. Alex Barbaria and Grim shared the pitching duties, with Grim going the last five innings. Melanie Habib’s double drove in Rita Allen-Sutter with DHS’ only run. Singles by Allen-Sutter and Jordan Kelley (combined with a walk) loaded the bases for the Devils in the fourth, but the locals couldn’t capitalize.