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Cathedral Catholic making noise early

03/17/2014, 10:21pm PDT
By Terry Monahan, Special to the U-T

Hot bats help lead Dons to Platinum Division championship of Cougar Classic

Cathedral Catholic sophomore pitcher Devyn Magnett (shown in a game last year) is 6-0 so far this season.

— Cathedral Catholic High capped the first softball tournament of the season as expected, swinging the bats with authority.

With one of the best lineups in the San Diego Section, the Dons lashed three doubles and a solo home run to defeat Patrick Henry 6-2 in the Platinum Division championship game of the annual Cougar Classic at Kit Carson Park on Monday.

Cathedral Catholic, which blanked Westview 4-0 in the semifinals behind sophomore pitcher Devyn Magnett, raced to a 5-0 lead after two innings in the final.

Magnett wound up allowing four hits in the six-inning game called because of a time limit, striking out seven, including five straight at one point.

“We’ve been hitting the ball real well this week,” Dons coach Margaret Mauro said. “We started being more disciplined at the plate. That’s been the difference from the first game to this one.”

Cathedral Catholic, and Magnett, improved to 6-0 this season.

Junior first baseman Tierra Falo, who has committed to Long Beach State, paced the Dons’ eight-hit attack with a two-run double in the first inning and a solo homer, her third this season, in the fifth.

“We wanted to come out and prove ourselves in this first tournament of the season,” Falo said. “We won the Bronze Division title last year, but we wanted to show everyone we can play good softball.”

Junior Hannah Gilliland was 2-for-4 for the Dons.

Henry, 5-1 after edging No. 1 Poway 6-5 in the semis, scored twice in the fourth inning with Maddie Barraza driving in one run and the other scoring on a wild pitch.

The Patriots had the tying run in the on-deck circle in the final inning before Magnett registered a strikeout and a comebacker to clinch the win.

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