High School Sports

Wakefield shortstop Amanda Dacunto shows off versatility

Amanda Dacunto stood on third base knowing exactly what she would do.

When Enloe starter Niya Boone released the pitch, Dacunto took off running, her eyes fixed on home plate.

She raced down the line and slid home, beautifully evading the tag by Enloe’s catcher. Dacunto went underneath it and extended her hand to touch the plate in the seventh inning.

“I know the catcher was set up in front of the box and she had the ball,” Dacunto said. “It was either get tagged out or slide. I usually like sliding around anyway, so I went for the outside and dragged my hand. It turned out pretty good.”

Dacunto’s slide scored her fourth run in Wakefield’s 16-8 victory over Enloe Tuesday. The senior shortstop finished 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs. An RBI doubled ignited the at-bat, her final, that ended with the slide.

Wakefield had managed four straight hits in the top of the seventh.

Dacunto’s base running drew compliments from Enloe.

“When you do a play like that and the other team comments on how good a play it is, you know you did something good,” Wakefield coach Danny Inscore said. “I told Enloe’s third baseman, ‘I wish I could take credit for that.’ (Dacunto) is great running the bases, being where she needs to be and sliding under or around it. It’s hard to teach that.”

Inscore said Dacunto leads sliding drills in Wolverines practice.

She’s committed to Salem College and didn’t just perform at the plate or on the bases against Enloe, she also made plays at short. Dacunto assisted on three outs and accounted for two more, catching a line drive for the final out of the third; she leaped into the ball to secure it.

Dacunto is part of a strong infield with lethal arms, one that turned a double play against Enloe.

“Amanda and (second baseman) Erin (Fox) up the middle have been playing with each other since middle school,” Inscore said. “It takes a lot of confidence to know that the other person is going to be where they need to be.”

Fox finished 3-for-4 Tuesday, as the top of the order propelled the Wolverines to a second straight conference win. They amassed 17 hits on 37 at-bats, seven of those combined hits coming from leadoff Fox and Dacunto, who batted second.

“Coach keeps telling us it’s senior year and we have to treat every at-bat like it’s our last,” Dacunto said. “I keep that in the back of my head every time I go to the plate.”

Jessika Morgan: 919-829-4538, @JessikaMorgan