ROCKLIN — It wasn’t exactly a beautiful spring day, but it was a nice way to start the softball season on Wednesday as two of the area’s top prep squads played an entertaining one-run game.
And it was only a slow start that cost visiting Davis High in a 4-3 loss at Rocklin.
In the matchup of two teams that a Sacramento newspaper has ranked sixth (the Thunder) and ninth (the Blue Devils) in the area, the hosts jumped out to an early lead with two runs in each of the first two innings.
After that, it was all DHS as starting pitcher Rachel Mobley and reliever Aubrey Dufresne combined to hold Rocklin scoreless for the final three frames of the game, which ended after 5 1/2 innings because of darkness.
“Aubrey threw really well, especially for a freshman,” said Devil coach Art Guerra.
Meanwhile, Stanford-bound senior shortstop Kaitlyn Lagattuta blasted a three-run homer in the fifth to cut Davis’ deficit to one run.
Then, with runners on first and second in the top of the sixth inning, Blue Devil senior slugger Ashley Dufresne smashed a pitch to the wall, but it was caught by a Rocklin outfielder to end the game.
“Sure, we got off to a little bit of a rough start in those first few innings, but really I couldn’t be happier about the way we (opened the season),” Guerra said.
Senior Danielle Styers had three hits to pace the DHS offense — even leading off the game with a first-pitch single up the middle. Sophomore Catherine Slabaugh also had a hit for the Devils, who will host the Davis Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Several strong teams from the area — Christian Brothers, Pioneer, Woodland and McClatchy — will be joined by teams from Modesto and the Bay Area at the event, which runs all day Friday and Saturday. Davis is scheduled to play at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday.