Thursday, March 5, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

One local 10-11 squad advances to D64 title game, another falls

Davis American 10-11 players Mark Studer and Iain Smith celebrate during a recent victory. DALL topped Vacaville Central, 6-5, on Friday to reach the D64 title contest. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

By
From page B1 | June 30, 2013 |

Fourth of July came early this year.

At least it seemed that way on Friday with all the fireworks in Davis American’s narrow, 6-5 victory over Vacaville Central. And a walk-off RBI in the bottom of the sixth from DALL’s Jack Carsel was the grand finale to the drama-filled Little League District 64 10-11 All-Star tournament game at Camarena Park in Woodland.

Earlier in the day, Davis National was eliminated by Vacaville American.

But the late game was a familiar show for American head coach Jessie Catacutan, as his squad had a nearly identical finish against the same VCLL squad in last year’s D64 9-10 tournament. In that matchup, it was Mikey Finerty whose single in the sixth inning won a 5-4 contest for DALL.

“It was like déjà vu for me,” Catacutan said. “But it’s actually good for the kids to go through something like that, rather than winning by a huge margin. It’s only going to make them stronger.”

The victory earns the locals a berth in Monday’s tournament finals (7 p.m. at the same venue). And by coming through the winners’ bracket they have two chances to win one game and defend the title they won at last year’s 9-10 tournament.

DALL has the weekend to recover from three consecutive days of play, which saw the squad mercy-rule prior opponents (17-0 over Dixon and 14-1 against Davis National).

Friday’s contest, however, was much less decisive. Vacaville came prepared, with its sluggers making contact almost every at-bat, but the Davis defense was no slouch either.

This was apparent as early as the top of the first inning, when VCLL’s Matt Polen launched a shot to center fielder Kooper Kijanka with a runner on second, only to have Kijanka fire it to third baseman Nate Barclift for the out.

Locals Carsel, Josh Catacutan and Ethan Ramos also made some highlight reel-worthy plays in the four innings that Finerty — who gave up only two hits and two walks — was on the mound.

“We played some really good defense in those first few innings,” Catacutan said. “Vacaville is a good-hitting team, but our defense made it hard for them.”

Meanwhile, Catacutan, Finerty, Ramos and Iain Smith had back-to-back hits in the bottom of the third to put DALL up 5-0.

But Vacaville found holes and exploited them in the top of the sixth, when one batter was hit by pitch and another walked to set up a deficit-erasing inning for VCLL.

A duo of Vacaville batters, Andrew Boele and Colby Conner, picked up hits to drive in the runs. Then, Bradly Morin and Chase Dombrowski tallied doubles for a combined three RBIs, tying it at 5-5.

Dombrowski was subsequently tagged out on an attempt to cross the plate when Christian Panday knocked a two-out blast to the outfield, drawing a collective sigh of relief from Davis fans.

With DALL back on offense in the bottom half of that final inning, Kijanka worked a walk and Cade Sanders moved him to second with a shallow fly to left field.

Next, Carsel, the No. 9 hitter in the Davis lineup, smacked the ball up the middle and Kijanka sped home to score the winning run. As the crowd erupted in cheers, teammates rushed out of the dugout to mob Carsel after he rounded first.

It was a different result in the other Davis vs. Vacaville matchup on Friday, with VALL topping the local National squad, 13-3.

After Vacaville American built a lead through the first five innings of the contest, Davis National leadoff hitter Giacomo Sorrentino looked to turn things around with a base hit to start off the top of the sixth.

He got around to third on an error and a passed ball and, when Luke Dugger grounded into a fielder’s choice, Sorrentino scored to make it a more hopeful 11-3 game.

Unfortunately, his would be the last run of the night for the locals, who can still cite beating Dixon — a team that made it to last year’s 9-10 division championship game — in a 13-3 blowout during the tournament’s first round.

— Reach Brett Johnson at [email protected] or 530-747-8052. Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterBrett

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    ‘The Liar’ will have audiences in stitches

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Hibbert Lumber honored as an Owl Wise Leader

    By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Climate Lobby will meet March 11

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Be featured in Woodland’s water-wise landscape tour

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    UFC speaker series gives ‘A Winemaker’s Journey’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Speaker will illuminate universe’s dark side

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Fiesta dinner, auction benefit Chávez School

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    World Language Fair brings nations to Davis

    By Krystal Lau | From Page: A3

     
    Get crackin’ for Yolo Crisis Nursery

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Taizé service set Friday at DCC

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Divorce options covered in Saturday workshop

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Community forum with police will address hate in Davis

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    .

    Forum

    Hunting has many benefits

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    This river needs our help

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Vernal pools are in danger

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Migratory waterfowl threatened

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Dog in shopping cart concerning

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Drought stresses California’s trees

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Initiative carnival coming next year

    By Tom Elias | From Page: A6

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

    .

    Sports

    DHS golfers dominate Elk Grove

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Davis softball offense explodes for first win

    By Chris Saur | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    DHS boys track team has high aspirations

    By Dylan Lee | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Blue Devil boys mash Marauders

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Devils’ big inning is the difference in baseball opener

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Youth roundup: U15 Knights rout El Dorado Hills

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    Youth soccer: Barker lights it up for Blue Thunder

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    Sports briefs: DHS swimmers speed past Herd

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    Wealth of Nations plays Saturday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ to be screened Sunday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Hear EZ Street Saturday at winery

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    UC Davis bands perform on March 11

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A7

     
    Resler releases memoir, ‘The Last Protégée’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    Athens Guitar Duo to perform at Davis Arts Center

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Thursday, March 5, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B6