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Yule, Mobley deliver in must-win for Devil softballers

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The Blue Devils mob Madi Yule, middle, after the senior's walk-off single gave DHS a 6-5 win over Laguna Creek in a key DVC matchup on Wednesday. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

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From page B1 | May 01, 2014 |

Davis High broke through for four, sixth-inning runs to tie Wednesday’s softball matchup, then Madi Yule’s game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh gave the Blue Devils a dramatic 6-5 decision over visiting Laguna Creek.

Yule’s hit drove home Emily Ginn and put DHS into a second-place tie with the Cardinals at 5-3 in Delta Valley Conference play. Meanwhile, Franklin (6-14, 4-4) lost to Elk Grove (16-6, 8-0), giving the Devils and Laguna Creek legs up for playoff spots.

The Sac-Joaquin Section takes three DVC teams for the postseason (more about that later).

Yule’s walk-off single to left was made possible because Rachel Mobley tripled to right-center in the big sixth frame, driving in Ginn, pinch runner Olivia Schmidt and Maddie Asta. After winning pitcher Audrey Dufresne worked a one-out walk in that inning, Mobley scampered home on Dominique Sommer’s fielder’s choice.

With the game tied 5-5 in the top of the seventh, Dufresne stranded a Laguna Creek runner at second before Davis completed the comeback.

Has the versatile junior Mobley ever had a bigger hit?

“Probably not,” Mobley told The Enterprise afterward. “When I went up there … I felt really relaxed. I felt like I had to drive it. I saw how many people were on base and felt like I had to get a hit for the team.”

Mission accomplished.

But there was a perk beyond DHS’ biggest win of the year …

“I had to do it for shaved ice. That was motivation, too,” Mobley said with a laugh.

What’s with shaved ice?

“Shaved ice is life. Buy one, get one free at Sweet and Shavery,” Mobley added before joining her teammates to quickly close out field prep so the Blue Devils could get their treat — as if the Wednesday victory wasn’t tasty enough.

Mobley, who pitched a complete-game victory over Grant on Monday, went 3 1/3 innings against LCHS before giving way to Dufresne.

The Cards scratched out two unearned, first-inning runs and one in the third with Mobley in the circle.

A walk, infield single, an error and an RBI double accounted for two more Cardinal tallies off Dufresne in the fifth — and the Laguna Creek half of the sixth looked like Doom for the Devils …

Courtney Beatty — for five innings brilliant in the circle for The Creek — opened with a single. Mazzie Davies followed suit before cleanup hitter Alex Scardini walked.

With bases loaded and nobody out, Mari Quinteros’ grounder forced Beatty at the plate just before Jordyn Wong lined into a double play.

Apparently with shaved ice on their minds, the Devils were cool enough in the 90-degree afternoon heat to stage their late rallies.

“They didn’t quit,” said Davis assistant coach Dave Ruben. “It’s been a looong season. There’s been a lot adversity and we had to win this game, and we did.

“Mobley and the clutch hit by Madi Yule … You have to give her credit, too.”

So, about those playoffs …

Eight Division I leagues will get three representatives each. Champions, like Elk Grove who clinched the DVC pennant when Laguna Creek lost, will not have to play until May 17 at the Sacramento Softball Complex. Meanwhile, on May 13, outbrackets will feature eight contests at seeded sites. Lose that play-in game, say SJS officials, and that squad’s season ends.

Notes: The Cards fell to 12-8, while DHS improved to 10-16 overall. The Blue Devils now travel to Monterey Trail (6-14, 2-7) Monday and host the Thundering Herd on Senior Day (Wednesday). Both games start at 4:15 p.m. Franklin gets The Trail and Grant (4-15, 0-8). Laguna Creek ends with Elk Grove and Grant. So what happens in case of ties for that last playoff berth? Well, Davis, Laguna Creek and Franklin split each of their games against one another. According to DHS coach Art Guerra, “Another coin flip.” … Catherine Slabaugh opened the bottom of the first with an inside-the-park home run, aided by a nasty collision in center between Cardinals Julia Page and Cassandra Thomas. Page (leg) was helped off the field and did not return.

—Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or 530-320-4456. View galleries and purchase prints of Blue Devil sports photos at http://davisenterprise.zenfolio.com.

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