VACAVILLE — The big bats of Vacaville Central Little League left nothing to chance Thursday, closing out Davis National, 13-1, in a mercy-rule, four-inning District 64 tournament clash at Centennial Park.
But in youth sports there is always a silver lining. In this case, for the local 11- and 12-year olds, having an abbreviated game got DNLL players out of the 100-degree weather quickly. It also meant Fourth of July barbecues started a little earlier.
And all is not lost … It marked Davis’ first loss after two wins in the tournament and the Nationals live to play another day: Friday against Woodland American at 7 p.m. (also at Centennial). It is an elimination game.
“They’re a great team,” DNLL manager Scott Carrell said of his kids’ foes. “They can really hit. And you know what? Our pitchers were throwing strikes. I thought we pitched well (Thursday).
“I told our guys to lift their heads up and come back (Friday) and play a better game.”
Carrell added, “But give credit where credit’s due. Vacaville played a good game.”
With a brisk breeze blowing straight out to center field, it was evident from the beginning that the team that got the ball in the air had a chance of doing serious offensive damage. It was host VCLL that succeeded in that regard.
Noah McCoy’s two-run double off the right-field fence in the first inning helped stake Vacaville to a 3-0 lead.
When starting Davis hurler Adrian Sanchez blasted an opposite-field homer in the bottom of the frame, DNLL had what would be its only run.
From there, it was the Casey McGuire Show.
The Vacaville right-hander settled in to limit the Nationals to a Zach Bergevin single in the second and a Tyler Brown infield hit in the fourth. McGuire fanned five and issued nary a walk.
At the plate, McGuire resembled a former MLB guy named McGwire.
After driving in a run with a single, McGuire launched a space mission into the outfield of an adjacent diamond, some 300 feet away. The blast followed Brandon Chalk’s three-run dinger and gave VCLL a 10-1 third-inning bulge.
In the fourth, McGuire closed out Davis when his second home run was a 275-footer that landed far up in the trees beyond the left-field fence. The shot came with Chalk and Matt Ferguson on base.
For the game, hitter McGuire was 3-for-3, five RBIs and three runs scored. Pitcher McGuire went all the way, tossing a three-hitter.
The VCLL sluggers knocked out 14 hits against three Davis hurlers, scoring seven times in the third and three in each of the first and fourth innings.
— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-747-8047.