Williston softball wins opener

  • Lady Blue Devil Jenifer Kanagy zeroes in on the strike zone against the Trojans.

Although the softball season is new, it was business as usual for the Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils March 7 in their season opener.

The defending Region III champions picked up from where they left off on the diamond by torching the Lady Trojans of Ridge Spring-Monetta by a score of 11-0.

The Lady Blue Devils asserted their dominance in their first at-bat with five runs off four hits. From there, the team never let up, scoring three runs in the second, one in the third and two more in the fourth.

Williston-Elko High coach Mark Crossland said it was good to get that first win under the belt.

“This is what we wanted. We lost some quality seniors from last year’s team so it was important for us to get off to a good start,” Crossland said.

As a team, the Lady Blue Devils batted .435 and received a solid pitching performance from Shelby Miller to score in five inning to earn the run-rule victory.

Miller, who led the team with 11 wins last season, continues to sparkle on the diamond. Miller silenced the Lady Trojans’ bats with an 11-strikeout, two-hit outing.

Offensively, the Lady Blue Devils totaled 13 hits in the contest with seven different players contributing.

Leading the bats was Anslee Hiers, who had a career-high three hits and two RBIs.

Others producing at the plate included Madison Campbell, Makenzie Eidson, Jennifer Kanagy and Baylee Sanders with two hits each.

Defensively, Kaylee Wooten, Jennifer Kanagy, Madison Campbell, Jazmyn Anstead and Madisyn Williams were credited with good plays.

“It’s just the first game of the season, but the way we performed is a good indication for the rest of the season,” Crossland said. “The defense was good. We did a great job of putting the bat on the ball, especially with runners in scoring position.”