On April 29 in Region 5A softball action, the Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils picked up key conference sweep of North High to stay in the playoff hunt.
With the wins, Williston-Elko High improves to 5-5 in the region. The team will battle Blackville-Hilda High in a regular season playoff game for the final seeding position.
Williston-Elko High coach Dwayne Garrick said the team stepped up when its season was on the line.
"We knew we had to win both of these games to keep our playoff hopes alive and we accomplished that," Garrick said.
"All three of our pitchers did a fine job of finding the strike zone. Offensively, we swung the bat really well. We came up with big hits all through the lineup."
In game one, the Lady Blue Devils grounded the Lady Eagles by a score of 12-2.
The Lady Blue Devils gave starter Katy Richardson plenty of run support as they rattled off a season high 15 hits.
Richardson took care of business from then on, allowing only two hits with six strikeouts.
The Lady Blue Devils came out of the dugout swinging.
Both Lauren Pruitt and Makayla Nuno singled, then scored off a double by Mikki Raska.
Caroline Burt's single down the rightfield line one batter later scored Nuno from second.
The lead went to 4-1 moments later when Jamie Grubbs sent a double to deep centerfield. Before the inning ended, Grubbs scored off a hit by Mattie Williams for a 5-1 lead.
In the second inning, the Lady Blue Devils' hitters continued to torch Eagles' pitching.
Highlighted by home runs by Richardson and Nuno, the Lady Blue Devils plated seven runs off five hits to close out the scoring. Others scoring in the inning included Pruitt, Jordan Nix, Burt, Grubbs and Williams.
In the second game, Jennifer Kanagy and Shelby Miller combined to throw a four-hitter in a 14-2.
Kanagy, who started the game, went four innings with two hits allowed and four strikeouts. Miller worked the fifth inning with two hits allowed get the save.
The Lady Blue Devils collected 14 hits in the contest, including two each by Pruitt, Raska, Nix and Miller. Pruitt did the most damage at plate with a two-run homer in the second inning. Also swinging the bat well were Nuno, Grubbs, Octavia Mack and Williams, each with a hit and a run scored.
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