Given the opportunity to play at the NorCal Classic, Johansen and Sadie Coenen jumped into the elite Platinum bracket. Both the Vikings and Coenen had plenty to celebrate afterward, as the Vikings upset East Union and Coenen provided plenty of hitting over the weekend's four games.
The three-year starter batted .556 (5-for-9) in the tournament. That included going 3-for-3 in a semifinal loss to Buhach Colony, The Bee's top-ranked team, and 2-for-3 with a two-run triple in a 3-2 upset of East Union.
"Sadie was our first baseman, but this year she's had to adapt to second, as well," coach Debbie Guenther said. "She's an all-around solid player, so the transition has only had a few bumps. She is an outstanding baserunner and solid hitter. She leads the team in batting percentage, on-base percentage, walks (and) slugging percentage."
There's little room for error in Davis High's bid for a Modesto Metro Conference title, not with Enochs just a game back and keeping the pressure on.
That's one of the reasons that Jake Sisco's performance at the 40th Windemuth Spring Classic could be crucial for the Spartans.
The 6-foot-2-inch junior fired a five-hitter to beat Pitman 7-1, striking out 10 and walking three. Sisco also reached base 11 of his 14 trips to the plate in the four tournament games, going 4-for-7 with two doubles and a triple, drawing six walks and being hit by a pitch. He scored four runs and struck out once.
He returned to MMC action Tuesday with another impressive outing, throwing five innings of one-run ball in an 11-3 win over Downey. It was Davis' 12th win its last 13 games, the only defeat coming against top-ranked small-school Escalon.
When Rubi Granado moved to the varsity last spring, her goal was to win the third-base job. The challenge was Granado was coming off back surgery.
"I told her she needed to improve her agility and lateral movement," coach Andre Pomicpic said. "A week later she was robbing grounders from our shortstop. This year during volleyball, Rubi hurt her knee and sat out half the season. She came back strong (for) softball and works through pain without a complaint."
Granado used her glove and bat to lead Livingston to the finals of the NorCal Classic Silver bracket, where the Wolves fell 2-1 to Los Banos. Granado had three RBIs, including a key two-run double, to rally Livingston past Gustine 8-2. "Rubi's quick hands and ability to adjust makes her a tough hitter to throw to," Pomicpic said.
Filling the No. 2 hole in the batting order is usually a job for an unselfish player, one who might be asked to take pitches so the leadoff hitter can swipe bases. Or it might mean giving up an at-bat to bunt a runner into scoring position.
That's the role Spencer Franceschetti is in. Last year's leadoff hitter, the junior shortstop slid into the second spot so the Cougars' could exploit his skills, coach Greg Largent said.
"He's a very intelligent player who will take pitches and is a good bunter," said Largent, noting that Franceschetti batted .429 with a triple, homer, six runs scored and eight RBIs last week. "He'll surprise you if you think he's just a regular guy in the two spot."
Franceschetti led Escalon to the title of the 40th Windemuth Spring Classic, with a triple, homer and four RBIs in the championship game.
RICHARD T. ESTRADA