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Cathedral Catholic lucky to have No. 13

05/02/2014, 9:17pm PDT
By Terry Monahan, Special to the U-T

Sophomore pitcher lets defense do the work for top-ranked Dons

Cathedral Catholic pitcher Devyn Magnett (shown in a game last season) improved to 17-2 this spring with Friday's win over Madison.

Some people are deathly afraid of the number 13 and fear even mentioning it.

Then there are people like Devyn Magnett, the sophomore softball pitcher at Cathedral Catholic, who ignores triskaidekaphobia and proudly wears a 13 on her jersey.

She has plenty of superstitions — she has to help post the starting lineup and only a coach can give her the ball at the start of an inning — but batters are the ones with a fear of facing her.

“I had a choice of numbers and I was fine with 13,” said Magnett, shrugging.

Magnett scattered six hits, walked one and struck out seven on Friday in a 12-1 victory over Madison in a game halted after 4½ innings by the mercy rule.

An eight-run third inning helped turn the day into the same feeling Friday the 13th has for many people as the No. 1-ranked Dons (22-2, 10-0) close in on yet another Western League championship with their 11th straight win.

“Getting eight in an inning is exciting, especially when everyone is hitting,” said Magnett, who improved to 17-2. “Then the only thing left to do at that point is throw strikes and let the defense back me up.”

Madison (10-9-1, 3-6) made seven errors in the game.

Cathedral junior Sarai Niu highlighted the big inning with a double and a run-scoring single. She also scored twice in the third inning.

Freshman Raven LeClair, junior Tierra Falo, sophomore Madison Casiano and Niu led the 11-hit attack with two hits each.

“Offense is great, but our hitting can’t be hot every day,” Dons coach Margaret Mauro said. “Devyn is good enough to get the job done with a good defense behind her. We made no errors in this game.

“Defense has been a strength of this program all the way back to when we were Uni (a decade ago).”

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