Cathedral Catholic senior Hannah Gilliland kisses the trophy with teammates Laurel Coito (left) and Lauren Meyerson nearby after Gilliland’s three-run home run helped the Dons defeat Ramona for the San Diego Section Division I title at UC San Diego.
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Open Division: Carlsbad 8, Bonita Vista 4
Division II: Mater Dei Catholic 3, Valhalla 0
Division III: Clairemont 3, Brawley 0
Division IV: Central 5, Bishop's 1
Division V: Mountain Empire 11, San Diego Southwest 9
What a difference a week makes.
Seven days after Ramona’s Kailey Hill shut down the bats of top-seeded Cathedral Catholic, the Dons fought their way back through the loser’s bracket to beat the No. 4 Bulldogs 6-1 in the San Diego Section Division I softball final Saturday at UC San Diego.
“We really did hit her hard last game, but at people,” said Cathedral Catholic coach Margaret Mauro. “She’s really an outstanding pitcher. We needed to jump on her early.
The Dons (29-3) did just that, pushing across unearned runs in the second and third innings to take a 2-0 lead behind the pitching of sophomore Devyn Magnett.
They broke it open in the fourth inning, riding the wave of a three-run homer by senior Hannah Gilliland over the left field fence.
“Before I came up, one of my coaches joked it would be great if I took a low pitch over the UCSD sign and that’s what I did,” said Gilliland. “I felt it was gone right when I hit it.”
Gilliland finished her final high school game going 3-for-3 with a pair of singles and a walk.
“It’s always about the seniors and sending them out in style,” said Mauro. “On and off the field our seniors (Gilliland and Laurel Coito) have kept this group together — standing tall and talking small.”
Ramona’s Jordyn Fick ended Magnett’s shutout effort when she singled in Hayley Brinker with two outs in the bottom of the fifth for the Bulldogs (22-9).