The Davis High softball team’s season came to an unfortunate but somewhat fitting ending in a Sac-Joaquin Section tournament out-bracket game Tuesday at the DHS field.
It was somewhat fitting because, as has happened in too many contests this season, the Blue Devils couldn’t generate enough runs to support a stellar outing from their pitchers. In the Tuesday playoff game, visiting Modesto eliminated DHS, 2-1.
The Devils actually started out hot, hammering three singles to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the first inning. The Panthers held them off, however, getting two outs to end the threat.
Loading the bases again in the second inning, this time with no outs, the locals managed one run when junior Emily Ginn drove in Dominique Sommer to give her team a 1-0 lead. But despite filling the bases again in the fifth, the Blue Devils could not manage to extend their advantage.
“We loaded the bases three times,” said DHS manager Art Guerra. “We just couldn’t get the big fly ball or something like that.”
After a scoreless sixth inning, the Devils needed just three outs to escape with the 1-0 win. It wasn’t to be, however, as a couple of Davis miscues led to a pair of Panther runs in the top of the seventh.
The locals got the tying run to second — in the form of senior Kaitlyn Lagattuta — but that was as far as she got.
The loss overshadowed an incredible pitching performance from junior Rachel Mobley, who went six-plus innings on an injured hip. She gave up just two hits, and allowed only one runner to get past second base.
Their final 12-15 record doesn’t do the Blue Devils’ hard work this season justice. Not only did DHS play a tough nonconference schedule, but it lost more than a few close games.
“They never quit,” Guerra said of his squad, which finished second in the Delta Valley Conference. “What was this, our 11th one-run game? They just kept going and going. They’re a great group of kids.”
There were several standouts this season, including jack-of-all-trades Ginn and pitchers Mobley and freshman Audrey Dufresne, who combined to spend nearly every inning in the circle.
“I was very proud of the pitching, coming from struggling and being very young to where we finished,” Guerra said. “Emily Ginn was probably our most consistent (player). I think she played every position except pitcher.”
In addition, the two Devils manning the corners — third baseman Maddie Asta and first baseman Madi Yule — played well throughout the year, while it was Stanford-bound shortstop Lagattuta whose performance garnered a number of awards, including All-DVC honors.
And Davis graduates just four seniors, with impact players like Mobley and Ginn returning to lead the Blue Devils to success in 2015.
— Reach Spencer Ault at [email protected]