Sunday, December 28, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

DHS/Franklin I goes to the Blue Devil softballers

By
From page B1 | April 23, 2014 |

0423DHSsoftW

Several DHS players — including junior Emily Ginn, middle — celebrate a good play in the Blue Devils' 6-4 home win over Franklin on Tuesday. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

If there’s one thing that gets Davis High going on the softball diamond, it’s a meaningful Delta Valley Conference matchup against Franklin.

So the Blue Devils had an extra hop in their step during Tuesday’s home game, and the result was one of the season’s best all-around performances. The locals’ 6-4 win over the Wildcats came in front of more than 50 fans.

With Elk Grove running away with first place in the league, DHS (8-13) and Franklin (6-9) are tied — a three-way deadlock with Laguna Creek — for second at 3-2 in DVC play. The two rivals won’t have the same record for long, however, as the Devils play the Wildcats again on Wednesday (4:15 p.m.) in Elk Grove.

The rivalry between Davis and Franklin has been heated since 2010, when a controversial coin flip send the ‘Cats to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs instead of the Blue Devils.

“We have a great rivalry with this team,” said DHS junior Emily Ginn, who acknowledged it had something to do with “an event that happened before I came here.

“Also because of the situation where we are in league, we had to win this game. It was exciting. This game we came out harder and we were more prepared, mentally, emotionally and physically. I just thought we got pumped.”

Ginn went 2-for-3 in the game, one of four Devils with multiple hits on the day.

After two scoreless innings, Davis showed its full offensive repertoire — power, small ball and timely hitting — to get the first run of the game in the bottom of the third.

Junior No. 9 batter Dominque Sommer opened the frame by blasting a double to the left-field fence off of Franklin’s freshman hurler Vanessa Abeyta. Sommer went to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Catherine Slabuagh, then came home on a clutch single up the middle from senior Kaitlyn Lagattuta.

After the Wildcats tied things up in the top of the fourth, the Blue Devils took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning.

Senior Maddie Asta got things started with a double down the left-field line, junior Rachel Clift sacrificed her to third and an error on Rachel Mobley’s fly to center allowed Asta to come home.

Following a hit by sophomore Faith Harlan, Sommer’s RBI single made it 3-1.

“We played absolutely fantastic,” said DHS coach Art Guerra. “We played small ball, had a couple of hit and runs — it was a fun day.

“It’s one of those situations where the rivalry goes pretty deep. That helps the intensity a little bit.”

While the local offense was starting to put together rallies, starter Mobley was humming in the circle. After allowing one hit in each of the first two innings — and getting out of the jam both times — the Devil pitcher did not allow a hit for the rest of her stint.

Freshman Audrey Dufresne took over in the fifth, letting in an unearned run in that frame that was charged to Mobley, but keeping the hitless streak alive until the seventh.

And by that time, thanks to a three-run bottom of the fifth, Davis was sitting pretty with a 6-2 advantage.

The fifth inning saw Ginn, senior catcher Ashley Dufresne, Asta and Audrey Dufresne hit consecutive one-out singles, with the last two bringing in one run each. A sacrifice by Mobley was followed by Harlan’s RBI single to cap the Blue Devil scoring.

A towering two-run homer by Franklin’s Peyton Rawls in the seventh inning accounted for the final two runs of the contest.

Three DVC squads will earn trips to the section tournament and, with Elk Grove already locked in, DHS, Franklin and Laguna Creek are competing for the other two spots.

Guerra and Ginn like the Devils’ chances to get a leg up with another win Wednesday.

“I think we are ready,” Ginn said. “I think we are going to come out hard and just do work.”

— Reach Chris Saur at csaur@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8049.

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
     
    Yolo makes hydrogen connection

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    NYC officer mourned at funeral as tensions linger

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    N. Korea uses racial slur against Obama over hack

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    AirAsia plane with 162 aboard missing in Indonesia

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Sacramento man convicted for 2011 bar shooting

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

     
    Drugs, stolen car lead to women’s arrests

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

    Pedal around Davis on weekly bike ride

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Nominate teens for Golden Heart awards

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    USA Weekend calls it quits

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Supplies collected for victims of abuse

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Sweet success: Cancer Center helps young patient celebrate end of treatment

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Reserve tickets soon for Chamber’s Installation Gala

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Holiday hours continue at The Enterprise

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Covell Gardens hosts New Year’s Eve dance

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    UC Davis debate team wins national championship

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Portuguese breakfast set for Jan. 25

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    At the Pond: It all started with kayaking on Putah Creek

    By Jean Jackman | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Find the first cabbage white butterfly, and win a pitcher

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    Does pre-eclampsia raise autism risk?

    By Phyllis Brown | From Page: A6

     
    Long will talk about value of hedgerows for adjacent farms

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6 | Gallery

     
    It’s a wonderful life — and a wonderful state

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8 | Gallery

    College sees benefits in loan guarantees

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

     
    Tickets for New Year’s Eve party going fast

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12

    .

    Forum

    This cat is on life No. 7

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B4

     
     
    It was a busy, black-eye year for disease control

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

    Say thanks to the caregivers

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Rifkin’s statement is offensive

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Bombing is not the answer

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

     
    Just Us in Davis: Despair and hope for the new year

    By Jonathan London | From Page: A10

    Commission’s list needs vetting

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Writer’s arguments fall flat

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A11

    Cuba policy changes highlight a momentous opportunity

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    .

    Sports

    DHS boys get good film in tournament loss

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Sacramento survives Knicks in OT

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Kings cruise past Sharks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Lady Blue Devils top Tigers to reach Ram Jam title game

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Sports briefs: Republic FC to host camp series

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

     
    College bowl roundup: Sun Bowl goes to the Sun Devils

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

    Kaiser’s trauma center in Vacaville earns verification

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Rob White: Davis tech community is growing

    By Rob White | From Page: A9

    Yolo County real estate sales

    By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A9

     
    First Northern adds Peyret to agribusiness loan team

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    .

    Obituaries

    Ruth Allen Barr

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Charles ‘Bud’ Meyer

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, December 28, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B8