VACAVILLE — A baseball win can come in many fashions.
Sometimes, pitching is overwhelming and just one run can be the difference. Frequently, the pitching fails and enough offense can outdistance a foe.
Then there are games — like Davis National’s on Friday — in which pitching can be good with the offense clicking and the team still loses. In those games, errors make the difference.
In bowing out of the Little League District 64 11-12 tournament, Davis had a general defensive lapse in falling to Woodland American, 11-9, at Centennial Park.
National skipper Scott Carrell said it was just one of those things …
“All of our pitchers pitched exceptionally well,” Carrell told The Enterprise. “We threw strikes, got a lot of ground balls, but we were a little flat … and made all those errors.”
The local offense came out swinging, putting up eight runs in the first two innings.
But because the Nationals played fast and loose with the ball when Woodland was at the plate, Davis couldn’t shake the opposition.
Despite a first-inning Adrian Sanchez homer (his third of the tourney) and key hits by Shinye Ho, Zach Bergevin and Sanchez in a six-run second, DNLL led only 8-7 going into the third frame.
But of the seven Woodland runs, just two were earned. Those darned errors …
By the time the fourth inning was complete, Davis had used Zach Carrell, Ho and Caden Neel on the mound, but none — although pitching “very well,” according to the coach — could turn off the WALL run production.
In fact, had Neel not made a diving stop of grounder with runners on second and third and thrown to first for the final out in that fourth inning, the damage could have been worse.
Woodland tallied twice in the fifth, providing the margin of victory, but even after that the Nationals had a couple of late hits — Neel and Bergevin — and runners on base in the final two innings as they tried to work their way back into contention. But WALL rose to the occasion, keeping DNLL off the board in those frames.
“Despite the errors, our pitchers stayed composed,” Carrell continued.
“It was a phenomenal three weeks together. We had 11 different players start games. We had really, really good players. This was a very deep team.
“All 12 kids could throw strikes. Actually, I thought our pitching was much better than theirs (Friday) night.
“We just couldn’t make all the plays.”
Woodland and Vacaville Central were scheduled to play in Saturday’s District 64 championship game. WALL needs to win two to wrest the title from VCLL.
“No one hung their heads,” Carrell noted. “I’m just really proud of them. Unfortunately, the ball didn’t bounce our way.
“It was an honor and a privilege to coach them.”
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