Gobble, JV softball soar in opener

Published 11:26 am Thursday, March 12, 2020

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Freshman Melanie Gobble and the Davie JV softball team launched immediately in the season opener at Central Davidson on March 4.

Gobble produced a jaw-dropping performance in her high school debut, going 4 for 4 to lead a 15-3 belting of the Spartans.

Gobble – who doubled, tripled, drove in three runs and scored three runs – started in right field and ended the night at second base. She can play anywhere in the infield, presumably not at the same time.

“Melanie’s solid,” said Chad Hall, who was all smiles after his first game as Davie’s coach. “She really hit the ball good. She played good defense, too. She’s all around. She’s a good infielder. We may use her at short and third, too.”

Bailey Snow (2-2, four runs, two steals), Kaisee Osborne (2-4, double), Shelby Smith (2-3, three RBIs, two doubles) and Courtney Woody (2-3) helped Davie rack up 15 hits.

The top of the first was something to behold. It was 5-0 before Central got the first out of the game.

Snow walked, Gobble doubled, Kaitlin Mischler walked, Osborne reached on an error, Isabel Lane walked, and Smith doubled before the first War Eagle was retired. Woody and Bailey had singles as Davie batted around. Gobble singled again, going 2 for 2 in the first inning alone, as Davie scored eight runs on five hits and three walks.

Lane overcame a slow start in the circle and pitched a four-inning two-hitter with five strikeouts.

“Our whole team did really good,” Hall said. “From top to bottom, they all hit. I was tickled with the way they played.”