Williston-Elko gets playback in softball

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Michael Young - Sports Editor

For the second time in a week, the Williston-Elko High varsity softball team played in-county rival Blackville-Hilda High.
On March 26 in the teams first meeting, the Lady Blue Devils were plagued by errors in an 18-15 loss.
This time, the Lady Blue Devils cleaned up their act on defense and the end result was a convincing 15-5 win.
Williston-Elko High coach Dwayne Garrick said was the team responded well after an earlier loss to Blackville.
"I am so proud of the girls. They came out focused today and ready to play," Garrick said.
"Katy Richardson did a good job of keeping their hitters off balance. Offensively, we didn't get a lot of hits. However, when we got on base, we were able to score runs."
The Lady Blue Devils got their bats warmed up early with two runs in the first innings.
For WEHS, Lauren Pruitt and Makayla Nuno scored off a two-run RBI single by Jordan Nix.
Down by two runs, the Lady Hawks responded swiftly in the top of the second inning. Fueled by a lead off triple by Deshae Staley and RBI single by Alexis Moors, the Lady Hawks scored five runs for a 5-2 lead.
The Lady Blue Devils fired back in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The team scored five runs off two hits, two walks and three errors. Players scoring included Pruitt, Shelby Miller, Katy Richardson, Caroline Burt and Jennifer Kanagy.
Two innings later, the Lady Blue Devils added to their lead as Pruitt, Nuno, Nix and Kanagy all scored for a 11-5 lead.
The six-run lead was all right-hander Katy Richardson would need for run support. Richardson grounded the Lady Hawks' hitters in the final four innings, allowing only two hits and no runs.
Meanwhile, the Lady Blue Devils added four more runs in the fifth and sixth innings to close out the game.
For WEHS, Pruitt, Miller, Burt and Jammie Grubbs scored.