Sometimes it’s amazing what a fun weekend can do for your spirits in the upcoming work week.
Knowing it had a busy week of “work” scheduled, the Davis High softball team used last weekend to get emotionally prepared, and it worked wonders in Monday’s 15-5 mercy-rule win over a visiting Yuba City team that came into the game at 8-2.
The victory came in the first of four home contests for the Blue Devils (4-5) and after a fun weekend that featured a low-key scrimmage with the DHS baseball team and a visit to the Davis Youth Softball Association’s Opening Day Ceremony on Saturday morning, which was followed by a spirited practice that afternoon.
“We had a lot of team bonding this weekend that brought us a lot closer together,” said Devil senior catcher Ashley Dufresne, who went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. “It was a lot of fun, a good weekend.
“We just have to remember to keep each other up and always be positive.”
Davis coach Art Guerra said he could feel the good vibes as soon as he got to the field on Monday.
“The whole day started very positive,” Guerra said. “We had the DYSA opening ceremonies … and a great practice on Saturday and then I also think some of the pressure is off when you are at home. The kids can relax and they know the park.
“I felt good when I got here.”
It was clear that senior Kaitlyn Lagattuta felt the same way as she got the Blue Devils going with her two-run homer to left field in the bottom of the first. The shortstop, who will play at Stanford next year, was coming off of a hamstring injury that caused her to miss DHS’ 4-3 loss to Woodland on Thursday. Lagattuta was hurt legging out an inside-the-park home run in the Devils’ last home game, a 10-0 win over Inderkum on March 11.
Winning its past two home contests by a combined score of 25-5 shows how happy Davis is in its newly-remodeled stadium.
“We’re so thankful for our new field, we love it,” Dufresne said. “We also have more friends and family come out so that always helps too.”
Dufresne was so glad to be hitting at her home field on Monday that even the one time she didn’t get a hit, the Blue Devils still got two fifth-inning runs when the Honkers’ pitcher made a throwing error.
Those two tallies made it 12-4 in the fifth, and DHS ended the game an inning later on the mercy rule.
In all, 10 different Devils had hits in the contest, with another, junior Rachel Clift adding an RBI.
After freshman pitcher Audrey Dufresne set Yuba City down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, senior Danielle Styers (2-for-3 with two RBIs on the day) got the Davis offense started by working a walk. Lagattuta followed with her dinger, then Ashley Dufresne and Madi Yule (2-for-4, two RBIs) hit consecutive doubles to make it 3-0.
Audrey Dufresne singled Yule home, allowing her to take the circle for the second inning with a 4-0 advantage.
The Honkers actually battled back to cut it to 4-3 in the top of the third, but the Devils scored once in the bottom of the frame, then broke the game open with four runs each in the fourth and fifth innings.
“(The Honkers) fight for their conference championship every year so this was a big win,” said Guerra, whose team hosts El Camino on Tuesday (4 p.m.), Del Campo on Wednesday and Pleasant Grove on Friday.
“This is a big week for us. Four games, three of the four against top 15 teams. We have our work cut out for us, but if we keep playing like this … our pitching is really starting to gel and we hit very well (Monday).”
— Reach Chris Saur at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-747-8049.