VACAVILLE — Facing a strong Winters side that already had beaten them once in the Little League District 64 11-12 tournament, the Davis National All-Stars knew they would be hard-pressed to come up with the result they would need to stave off elimination in Monday’s rematch.
And unfortunately for DNLL, the necessary outcome wasn’t in the cards as Winters again prevailed, this time 12-5 in a hard-fought game at Centennial Park in Vacaville.
“It was one of those games where it’s an elimination game and (Winters was) coming off a very large loss so they were hungry and ready to play,” said Davis manager David Watts. “They made a couple of great plays in the first inning which sort of set the tone and got us back on our heels.”
Winters began the game with a 1-2-3 inning on defense before a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame created a lead it wouldn’t relinquish despite some late-game offense from the locals.
Down 7-2 in the fourth inning, DNLL tightened things up when Giacomo Sorrentino and Kel Williams singled to begin the frame. One out later, a single from Joey Asta and a walk to Roland Watts gave Davis hope at 7-4.
Those hopes were dashed in the bottom of the fifth when good hitting and plate discipline helped Winters score five runs, putting the game away and ending the Little League careers of all 11 Davis players, each of whom is 12 years old.
“It was a good game,” Watts said. “We got down, we fought back. I was proud of the boys for continuing to keep fighting and to keep going after it.”
Though DNLL couldn’t solve Winters, the locals did post a win in a Sunday game against Esparto.
“They had a great experience (at the tournament),” Watts said. “We got a win, which is a good thing … we played some good baseball. We ran into a team that had our number. They beat us twice. That’s the way it goes sometimes. It was a good experience for the kids.”
Note: A two-run double that Roland Watts hit in the opener on Saturday was incorrectly attributed to another player in Sunday’s Enterprise article.
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