Thursday, August 21, 2014

Youth roundup: Championship outings for two local softball squads

From page B8 | July 03, 2014 |


Davis Demons hitter Brooke Imamoto digs in during her team's recent run to a tournament title. Courtesy photo

The Davis Lady Demons, a 12U all-star softball squad, emerged from a competitive 18-team tournament last weekend in Elk Grove as the Gold Bracket champions.

Playing with just a nine-player roster, the locals went 2-1 in pool play and just squeaked by as the sixth and final seed into the single-elimination round. And that’s where the Demons started flexing their muscles …

After getting past the third-seeded AASA Future Stars, 6-5, Davis pounded the No. 2 Foothill Hold, 7-1, to reach the finals.

Awaiting the Demons in the championship contest was the top-seeded California Breeze, one of the most highly regarded teams in this part of the state. But it was Davis that looked like the area power, winning the title with a convincing 8-3 victory.

Early in the game, the two teams were locked in a 1-1 deadlock as local pitcher Kaylee Hill kept the Breeze hitters off-balance through the first three innings. Fielding help came from Demons infielders Brooke Imamoto, Lily Heilman, Katie Gibson and Jazmin Roberts, while center fielder Mia Gladding made the defensive play of the game as she charged a sinking liner and made a shoe-string catch to preserve the tie.

Later in the contest, the Davis bats heated up, getting to a Breeze flame-thrower who had allowed just two runs in the whole tournament. That all changed thanks to a local rally, which was jump-started by a Grace Harrison line drive into the right-center field gap.

The Demons also benefited from the speed of Hope Rios and the power of Haven Wright, who was behind the plate for all three games that day, with Hill and Gladding adding RBIs in the victory.

Aftershock softball

The Davis Aftershock, a 14U all-star softball team, reached the championship game of last weekend’s GSSA Tournament, the team’s best performance ever at the prestigious event.

Davis’ run was more impressive considering it opened the tourney with a 9-7 loss to Woodland. In that contest, Caitlyn Miller scored three times to help the locals enter the final inning with a 7-6 lead, before Woodland came back.

The Aftershock, however, did not lose again until a wild championship contest. The winning streak started with a 14-6 victory over Dixon that featured the Davis offense exploding for 10 runs in the top of the third inning.

Abbie DeWit got the local bats going in that game with a two-run homer in the first and ended up scoring three times. Shekine Prewett and Abby Sutcliffe added two runs each for the Aftershock, with Caylee Ade throwing four strong innings.

Davis stayed hot against American River, putting up five runs in the top of the first then holding on for a 10-6 victory. Mikayla Stillwell scored three runs, DeWit, Jessica Christopulos and Sutcliffe  — who tripled — each tallied twice and Emily Bonnel had three RBIs. DeWit’s contributions extended to the mound where she used good control to allow just six hits in four innings of work.

Next up was a close matchup with Sunrise in which the locals used a six-run final frame to finish off a 10-8 win. Sutcliffe tripled and Lauren Aquino singled and scored in the big inning. The victory not only sent the Aftershock to the tournament finals, but secured its spot in the Western Nationals next month in Medford, Oregon.

The title match was a high-scoring rematch with American River, which ended up taking a 19-17 win. Offensive stars for Davis included Rachael Bernauer (three runs scored), Aquino (four walks, four runs), Sutcliffe (triple, on base five times), Stillwell (two-run triple) and DeWit, who homered and tallied three times.

Heat soccer

The Davis Heat, a U18 girls soccer team, opened its summer season with a strong performance at the National Cup XIII West Regional last month. Though the locals didn’t advance to the finals because of total points, they finished without a loss in three games.

Davis edged Orchard Valley, 1-0, in its opener as Suleikha Sutter sent a great shot over the keeper early in the second half. The Heat’s shut-down defense was paced by goalies Christina Roeckl-Navazio and Devan Reische, who each made several impressive saves.

The locals found themselves down by two goals after a sluggish start to their next match, but rebounded to tally twice in the second period to earn the tie. Sophia Hernandez scored both goals — off assists from Mikayla Vang and Sofia Evanoff — while Davis’ Alexia Moore, Melissa Teuber, Annie Leck, Nikki Morales, Kaitlyn Wagner, Vanessa Arellano, Brooke Rosenblum and Renee Schuman also played well.

The Heat’s third outing was another draw, this time 1-1 against the Stockton Storm. Teuber scored first off of a free kick, but Stockton was able to equalize quickly. After that, offensive pressure from Hernandez, Evanoff and Kristin Ward wasn’t enough to find the winner for Davis.

Junior Blue Devils

The Davis Junior Blue Devils football and cheer organization is accepting applications for the upcoming season.

Youngsters ages 6 to 14 may apply. The football cost is $350 while the cheer cost is $325.

Practices begin July 22 and families can sign up at

Lacrosse camps

Registration is now open for the Davis Lacrosse Association’s summer boys and girls camps, which are designed for players of all skill levels — grades two through eight — who are interested in developing and refining their playing skills.

The next boys beginner and intermediate camp, which costs $135, is July 14-17 and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A boys advanced camp is set for Aug. 4-8 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. at a cost of $260.

The girls beginner and intermediate camp, which costs $135, is from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 11-14.

For more information or to register, visit

Youth volleyball camps

The Davis High volleyball program will host six youth camp sessions this summer, where boys and girls who will be in sixth through eighth grades next year can receive instruction from head coach Julie Crawford and Blue Devil players.

Sessions on July 21, 23 and 25 will make up an All-Skills Camp, while workouts on July 28 and 30 and Aug. 1 are skill-specific.

All sessions are 4 to 6 p.m. at the The Cage.

For more information, visit the Davis High School Athletics page online or email Crawford at



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