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Softball takes Channel League title

By Haley Peterson

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Story by Haley Peterson | Features Editor | Pictures by Kierstin Brown | Media Editor | May 4, 2012

Everything was on the line for the Chargers for their Senior Day game against the Buena Bulldogs on Thursday, May 3.

A win would make them Channel League Champions for the second year in a row. A loss would result in a co-championship with Buena.

With a riled-up crowd of about 400, junior Cassie Davis’ sixth-inning solo home run into deep center-field gave the Chargers the 3-2 victory and the outright Channel League title.

“I wasn’t thinking about getting a home run, I was just thinking that we needed a base runner,” said Davis. “I was really determined to get a hit and get on base.”

Davis ensured the win in the top of the seventh inning when the DP right-fielder made the game-winning throw to gun the Buena runner out at home plate.

“We have practiced that play so much in practice that I just reacted off of instinct. I was focused on getting the ball home to make the play at the plate,” said Davis.

The Chargers got the early lead during the first inning when senior pitcher Hannah Harris walked on four straight balls and was knocked in on a double by junior short-stop Chloe Madill.

Freshman first baseman Veronika Gulvin, who went 3-for-3 at the plate, drove in Madill for the second run for the Chargers.

It wasn’t until the fourth inning that the Bulldogs gained some momentum when Buena’s first baseman Rieanne Thomas hit a two-run homerun to tie the game.

But Harris remained composed and ended the inning with no more runs scored.

“I had a lot of mixed emotions going into the game,” said Harris on the last league game of her high school career. “I was ecstatic that we were playing for the league champioship, but also very sad knowing I will never play a league game again.”

In her 21st win of the season, Harris recorded 7 strikeouts and allowed 5 hits, while walking two batters.

“I have had great memories being a Dos Pueblos Charger,” said the senior pitcher. “But I also cannot wait to see what the future has in store for me at Fresno State.”

Courtney Linhares, who has been in the softball program at DP for 3 years was also honored for Senior Day, along with Lindsay Rose who would have been a senior this year if her life had not been prematurely ended by a surfing accident in 2009.

Dos Pueblos is 23-3 overall and 11-1 in league play. The No. 3 ranked team in Division 4 doesn’t play again until the postseason. Playoff brackets are released on May 14.

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