Eight Davis Aquadart swimmers braved stormy conditions Saturday in the Sierra Nevada Open Water Championship at Lake Natoma.
In the 5,000-meter race, Davis swimmers Chenoa Devine, Chris Weiser, Sean Kos and Sabrina Borchard took first place in their age group. Lanna Kozlowski, Jordan Vermette, Riley Hickman and Owen Yancher also swam well for the locals, who finished third overall in the team standings.
“It’s great to see our swimmers showcase their talent in open water swimming,” said Aquadarts coach Katie Swensen. “I look forward to more exciting swims in the future.”
The Davis Hitaways, a 10U softball team, split a doubleheader against Elk Grove on Sunday at Community Park.
In the opener, Madison Rutherford smashed two doubles and drove in three runs while La’Siya Earnest and Shelby Harry had two RBIs each to lead the Hitaways to a 14-8 win. Veronica Roe and Zora Nichols both contributed on offense, while Rutherford (five strikeouts) went the distance in the circle.
Davis dropped a close second game 11-9, despite effective pitching from Zoe West (seven strikeouts) and catching from Harry.
Hazel Anderson, Roe and Alyssa Waterson each stole bases, while Zingaro, Harry, Earnest and Rutherford contributed big hits to keep the game close.
The Hitaways defense shined in both games with Zingaro, Amalia Myo-Flores, Waterson, Anderson, West, Kayla Chin and Annika Fisk providing strong glove work.
The Davis Thunder, a 10U softball team, dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the host Elk Grove Dynamite in NorCal Girls Fastpitch action on Saturday.
A late rally gave Elk Grove a 12-9 win in the opening game despite strong local hitting from Bella Contreras (3-for-3), who smacked a two-run double. Halle Gabriel and Jordan Zuniga both had two hits, including a double for Davis, while Tara Reddy added two singles of her own. Single hits came from Heather Breckner, Bella Hyder, Stevie Spencer and Mia Mark.
Spencer went the distance in the circle, striking out three, and was aided by good defense from Zuniga and Gabriel.
Elk Grove won the second game 17-7. In that contest, Gabriel was 3-for-3, Spencer slammed a double and a single and Reddy added two more hits. In addition, Contreras and Hyder — who pitched and notched three strikeouts — each had hits.
Loz Azules soccer
The Davis Los Azules, a U16 boys soccer team, beat Santos FC, 6-1, last week at Playfields Park.
Barrett George scored two goals, one off an assist from Ruben Mendoza and another assisted by Juan Pablo Almanza.
Mendoza and Otto Nichols both added goals for Davis, then Mauricio Rocha scored off a set up from Will Stukas and Liam Mayr. With more offensive pressure coming from Kyle Gold and Manpreet Singh, Rudy Campos netted the final Los Azules tally.
Good local defense by Ryan Tinsley, Ryan Quinn, Winston Tran and Bryant Murray — plus six saves from goalie Kevin Riley — held Santos to just one goal, while Alec Farboud, Murtaza Mansour, Campos and Almanza provided support from the midfield.
The Davis Stampede, a U12 girls soccer team, posted a 4-1 win over the Cal Cougars on Saturday at the Davis Legacy Soccer Complex.
Skye Shaffer started things off for Davis with an outside shot to the back of the net. Three more Stampede goals came from Jordan Davis, Allie Belafsky and Vanessa Carrazco, as each striker finished strong on breakaways.
Tough defense from Sophie Karperos, Lindsey Vernau and Yasmeen Dmeiri sealed the deal for the locals.
Team Responsible soccer
Team Responsible and Matrix, two U14 boys teams, battled Saturday with Team Responsible winning 2-1.
The first goal for the winners came when Elliot Chan threaded a pass to Danny Smith, who quickly finished for the goal. Goalie Ethan Skinner then made several saves to keep the score at 1-0 heading into intermission.
After the break, good defense from Caleb Young, Uriel Ayala, Skinner and keeper Martin Carriere held Matrix to one goal, while Andrew Bell scored the game-winner.