Devon Paysour’s sweet play clinches Virginia AAA Cardinal District title for Osbourn Park

May 10, 2013

Osbourn Park’s Devon Paysour made a pair of critical plays to lift the Yellow Jackets to a 2-1 win over Forest Park on Friday night in Woodbridge.

Her fifth-inning single scored Hannah Garner, snapping a 1-1 tie. And the senior left fielder’s shoestring catch for the first out of the seventh squelched a potential Bruins rally.

Forest Park’s home dugout erupted in protest as Paysour raised her glove with the ball, but the umpires ruled it an out.

“[It was] right on the tip of the glove, like a snow cone,” Paysour said. “Half of it was on and half of it was off. My heart was rushing so fast.”

Paysour’s heroics would not have been possible without a commitment to small ball by the Yellow Jackets (17-2. 11-1).

In the fifth, Garner reached on a single, and a sacrifice bunt by Caitlyn Isenberg moved her into scoring position.

“That’s what we do,” Coach Tim Garner said.

“There have been a few games lately where we haven’t executed small ball. I asked them tonight to execute.”

Sophomore shortstop Evie Raley scored the only run for Forest Park (17-3, 10-2). Raley reached base on a walk in the third inning and crossed the plate when junior pitcher Jess Middleton ’s single sent her home.

The Yellow Jackets responded in the fourth thanks to another timely bunt.

Third baseman Peyton DelGallo singled, then stole second. Second baseman Lauren Eckley came up to bat and placed the ball straight down in front of the catcher. A throwing error at first base allowed DelGallo to score.

Osbourn Park is the only AAA Cardinal team to down Forest Park in 2013. The Yellow Jackets claimed a 1-0 victory over the Bruins in April that was decided in the seventh inning.

The rivals split wins in the 2012 regular season, then were slated to meet each other in the district tournament final, but rain canceled the contest.

Friday night, Paysour helped ensure an Osbourn Park sweep.

“It means so much to us,” she said. “It comes from all of us. We love to beat them.”

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