By Zach Hertz,
It was a hit and miss day for the Davis High women’s softball team that ended in a 10-3 loss for the Blue Devils on Mar. 10.
Davis started out strong, matching Rocklin run for run to stay a run behind at 4-3 in the second and third innings. But the undefeated Rocklin scored three runs in the fifth inning, widening the lead 7-3, leading to the Devils’ eventual 10-3 defeat.
It was a performance that coach Art Guerra described in a word as “lackadaisical” but he admitted, “I’m not going to fault anything.”
“I mean, for four innings, or really probably five of the seven innings we played quite well,” Guerra said. “We still are hitting very well, but you miss one bunt, it could change the whole game, so, we just got to be confident in what we do there.”
Senior Emily Ginn put Davis on the board, dodging an attempted tag by Rocklin to score off of a single by freshman Evelyn Andrews.
Junior Hazel Jackson, senior Rachel Mobley and junior Mickey Cross loaded the bases in the second inning, and a error on Rocklin saw Jackson score. An RBI from senior Dominique Sommer allowed Mobley to score, but when Cross tried to steal third she was thrown out ending the inning.
Guerra also lauded the team’s defense, and said “we still played well, I can’t complain about [our defense].” Defensive highlights included inning-ending catches by Ginn and Mobley, and an impressive double play by Sommer and junior Shelby Bernauer.
“Our energy was not what it has and should have been,” Jackson said, “If we kept playing like we were early in the game it would have been a lot closer.”
Guerra agreed and said, “You just have to pick yourself up and move on. Playing games tomorrow, the day after, that definitely helps.”
The Devils go on to face Franklin tomorrow, a tournament this weekend and the start of league games next week.