Don’t you dare go from first to third on Megan Winton … She’ll erase you.
Gonna sneak a fastball by her? Might as well try to throw a pork chop past a mountain lion.
You’ll never catch her sleeping on the bases — which she frequents A LOT.
And come May, you’ll probably see this standout Davis High center fielder in the middle of the Sac-Joaquin softball playoffs.
You see, Winton comes by her skills honestly. Her mom, Laura, is the former Blue Devil softball coach who, as a player, still tears it up in local leagues. Her brother Wade was a slugging first baseman on championship DHS baseball squads.
The diamond is in her blood.
“She brings poise, maturity and tremendous knowledge of the game (to this) team,” Davis assistant coach Dave Reuben says. “For her age — she’s only a junior — she’s got great experience.”
Winton is one of the driving forces of an explosive DHS team that, at 6-4, looks to challenge powerhouse Elk Grove for the Delta Valley Conference crown.
When Winton went 3-for-3 in a 16-1 victory Thursday against Grant, she raised her batting average to .500. Her three runs batted in give her eight on the young season and she now has five extra-base hits. All lofty numbers in the small-ball world of softball.
“My mom got me started,” reports Megan, not surprisingly. “I like how she can come to almost every one of my high school games, because she doesn’t always have the same to opportunity to attend during my travel ball.”
Blue Devil No. 25 says her sister Brooke comes to as many games as possible, and Wade “always calls to talk about the game.”
Winton’s father, Rick, died during her sophomore year: “I can still sense his presence when I play … and I know in my heart he’s there cheering.”
Megan points to Mark Bollinger and his family as great sources of support — “Kind of my surrogate father, you could say.”
As word spreads to other teams, cautioning them to “watch that No. 4 hitter on Davis,” Winton has relished the challenge.
She’s thrown out three runners trying to stretch things on the bases, and is hitting over .620 since the rain stopped.
“She’s got it all,” second-year head coach George Meagher points out. “She’s fast, she’s got that great arm. She’s got everything. She makes things happen. She’s a coach’s dream.”
Now Winton, like the rest of her teammates, is on a mission. Davis didn’t make the playoffs last year — despite tying Franklin for second place.
“When we lost the coin flip last year, it was very frustrating to see Franklin get a berth to the playoffs over us,” the right-handed slugger explains. “The whole situation made us motivated to make sure that there is NO question on who’s going to the playoffs (in May).”
Not if Winton continues to play her game.
Notes: Winton and best friend and shortstop Melanie Habib (who Megan calls Melvin) have played every one of their softball seasons together. Winton says she and her teammates have each been together on at least one traveling team over the past six years. … Winton says a DHS race and social justice class is her favorite and praises history teacher Kevin Williams, saying, “You can tell he really cares about the success of his students and wants to (have) his students enjoy the class.” …Again, no surprise: Winton wants to play softball in college. She isn’t sure where, yet.
— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 747-8047.