HEALDSBURG — Davis National blew an early lead on Saturday, but the local Little League Juniors squad wasn’t about to let its Section 1 tournament opener get away.
So, DNLL scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 10-9 win over Mill Valley at the Healdsburg Recreational Park.
With the win, manager Kevin Bell’s Davis squad — which captured the District 64 title last week — next plays Monday in the double-elimination section tournament.
On Saturday, Connor Bunfill had three hits and two RBIs to power the Nationals, Ryan Bell added a pair of knocks and Kevin Blanc worked Mill Valley hurlers for a pair of walks.
Tanney Olney and Sebastian Anaya each smacked doubles and joined Trevor Hewitt, Ronnie Leymaster and Blanc in posting RBIs.
Davis mound duties were shared by Bell and Olney — who each notched two strikeouts — along with Jacob Wieking and Gabe Gutierrez.
Olney, Bunfill and Gutierrez stole bases to help the DNLL cause.
The locals went up 3-0 after one inning and held an 8-4 advantage after three. Mill Valley, the District 3 champions, then began to chip away at the lead, eventually tying things up and going ahead with its two runs in the top of the seventh.
Davis National, however, completed its 13-hit attack by plating two runs of its own to end the game in the bottom of the frame.
A stellar DNLL defense finished the game without making an error.