Sunday, April 20, 2014

Youth roundup: Dragons breathe fire in baseball doubleheader

Davis pitcher Matt Butler delivers during the Dragons' recent 4-3 win over the East Bay Lookouts. Butler struck out seven and the locals won in walk-off fashion. Courtesy photo

The Davis Dragons, a 14U team, split a Continental Amateur Baseball Association doubleheader against the East Bay Lookouts last weekend at Playfields Park. The locals took the first game, 4-3, before falling, 7-4, in the nightcap.

With Davis’ Matt Butler throwing six strong innings — and finishing with seven strikeouts — the two teams were tied heading into the bottom of the ninth inning of the opener. The Dragons then got consecutive singles from Jacob Sherwood, Kevin Blanc and Jacob Avila to set the stage for Ben Begevin’s walk-off RBI single.

Ryan Bell pitched well for the locals in Game 2, striking out five while allowing only one hit and two earned runs in four innings of work. But the East Bay bats eventually got going and the Lookouts earned the split.

Throughout the day, Davis’ outstanding defense was led by catchers Avila and Sherwood, along with outfielders Ian McIsaac and Joe Schaaf. The local offense was sparked by sluggers Ben Easton and Bell, who each finished the day 4-for-7, and leadoff hitter Connor Bunfill’s five stolen bases.

NorCal Extreme hockey

The NorCal Extreme Roller Hockey Club sent three teams to last weekend’s NorCal Cup tournament and came back with one gold medal and a silver.

NorCal’s 14U squad rolled through the tournament on its way to a title. After going undefeated in round-robin play — crushing the Stockton Thunder (3-0), the San Jose Rampage (8-0) and the Junior Sharks (5-2), the Extreme thumped the Mustangs, 9-1, in the semifinals, then won a rematch against Stockton, 5-2, to capture the championship.

Locals Joe Blakewell, Michael Cognetti and Miguel Witham each scored six goals in the run, Brandon Pacciorini and Sam Blakewell both tallied four and Noah Bristow logged a hat trick. Max Landy completed the scoring with a single tally, defenseman Dylan Lee contributed two assists and 14U goalie Nicholas Leacox stopped 91 percent of the shots he saw.

The Extreme’s 12U team swept through round-robin play on their way to taking second place. Wins over the Stockton Thunder (6-3), San Jose (6-5) and the Bay Area Junior Sharks (9-1) set up a championship matchup with the Mustangs, who prevailed, 5-3.

Sam Blakewell paced the NorCal offense with 10 goals, while Jack Shields, Pacciorini, Cole Skoog and Nick Blakewell each punched in four. Thomas Witham added two scores and U12 goalie Max Muller was strong in the net, finishing with 52 saves.

The local 16U squad opened with a 7-6 victory over the Junior Elite Extreme, then shut out the Ripon Junior Savage, 6-0. A loss to Elite 97 forced NorCal into a shootout against Omega, which it won to reach the semifinals. But that was were the run came to an end with a loss to Silver Creek.

Along the way, the Extreme got five goals each from Caleb Hermle and Danny Kumata and hat tricks from both Tyler Shafer and Joe Blakewell. Ricky Pacciorini and Ryan Kowta added one goal apiece for the locals and Henry Campbell and Seth Lipson each contributed an assist. Jacob Lipson was a force on offense setting up the plays, while Dalton Byard was key to the defense and goalie Leacox had nerves of steel in the shootout. He turned away more than 60 shots on the day.

Wildcats 12U hoops

The Davis Wildcats’ 12U boys’ team finished 2-1 in the Black Division of the NorCal Challenge Tournament last weekend in Rocklin.

The Wildcats dropped a their first game, 34-29, to the Antelope Assaults. In the loss, Kayden Hoal led the locals with 12 points and 11 rebounds, Rayan Tilmatine scored four and pulled down six boards and every Davis player got into the scoring column.

In the next outing, the Wildcats defeated the Colfax Green, 53-15, after taking a 20-3 first-period advantage. Tilmatine had a huge game with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Collin Yee (10 points two steals), Will Ziegler (10 points, seven steals) and Erick Lengtat played tenacious defense for the locas, who caused 19 turnovers. Mathew Uriate added six points and had 10 rebounds.

Finally, in a game that was close through three quarters, Davis ran away from the El Dorado Hills All Net in the fourth to win 48-28. Yee led the way with 10 points and three rebounds, with Hoal and Tilmatine each scoring nine and combining for 28 rebounds. Max Seed got hot from the perimeter to finish with six points, two steals and two blocks.

Knights U15 lacrosse

The Davis Knights’ U15 boys lacrosse team powered past a pair of opponents last weekend, trouncing Fair Oaks, 16-3, then beating Red Bluff, 11-0.

Against Fair Oaks, Rowan Hart led the locals with six goals and Gabe Beauchamp added a hat trick. Other scoring came from Sean Gellen (two goals), Austin Griffiths (two), Aiden Mager (two) and Kyle Morse, who also won six of nine face-offs.

Ethan Iacono (seven) and Diego Sandlin (six) led the Knights in ground balls, while goalie Miles Herget posted five saves as Davis was in control from beginning to end.

That also was the case in the next game, though that one ended early after a pair of Red Bluff injuries. Iacono, Liam Condon, Paul Buhlman, Enya Fujishima and Herget paced the dominating local defense, with Griffiths (four goals), Gellen (three), Hart (two), Mager and Beauchamp providing the Knights’ scoring.

Knights U13 lacrosse

The Davis Knights’ U13 boys lacrosse team used two more big victories last weekend to raise its season record to 9-1.

On Saturday at Playfields, the Knights defeated the fifth-ranked Napa Force, 14-5, behind a dominating performance from Nate Soeth, who poured in eight first-half goals as the locals jumped out to a 12-2 halftime lead. The Knights also got two goals from Casey Aikawa and tallies from Faustino Villarreal-Blozis, Ayush Malik, Will Johnson and Nick Hicks. Luke Maffly had a pair of assists.

Davis goalie Wade Matern played a very solid game, making 13 saves, while Ryan Benjamin and Alex Wold paced the local defense.

The Knights defense was even better on Sunday as they posted their first shutout of the season in beating the host Fair Oaks Stampede, 14-0.

In that victory, Aikawa scored four goals, Maffly and Jordan Murga each posted a pair and single tallies came from Johnson and Jimmy McGlynn. Soeth had four goals before relieving Matern between the pipes.

With Sam McGlynn scooping ground balls and Sam Blakewell, Owen Musgrove, Bradley Kishaba and Kyle Difentorum adding strong defensive play, the game was never in doubt.

Knights U15 girls

The Davis Knights’ U15 girls lacrosse team played four games last weekend, and saw all kinds of results, eventually winning two.

In a 15-7 loss to Granite Bay, an injury left the locals without an subs and they couldn’t keep pace despite the best efforts of Maggie Whittemore, among others.

Still playing short-handed, Davis nearly bounced back against the Diablo Scorpion Venom, using three goals apiece from Camille Renaud and Chloe Nicolet and single tallies from — Ella Silverstein, Carolina Leshuk, and Tess McDaniel — to build a six-goal advantage. But Diablo responded with eight consecutive scores to take an 11-9 victory.

The Knights finally got back on the winning side when they topped the El Dorado Trojans 11-10. This one still wasn’t easy as the locals had to come back from an 8-3 halftime deficit.

In the win, Nicole Pugh scored six goals, Renaud added a hat trick and McDaniel tallied once. Davis bolstered by the additions of Kelly Zheng, Brinley Morris and Alex Agnew — who scored the other local goal — from the Knights’ U13 team, while Hanah Wyman, Jeanne Kim and Sophia Sangervasi played stout defense.

Davis would not be denied in its final contest of the weekend, running all over the Walnut Creek Warriors. Local highlights included goals from Sabreen Rashmawi and Zheng as well as Knights goalie Sophia Hahn leaving her regular post to score twice.

Enterprise staff


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