JDA Softball rallies to beat WEHS

  • Ashleigh Still of JDA recorded the win in Monday’s game against WEHS.

It’s amazing how many emotions can sweep across a team in the span of one inning of softball.

The Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils had the Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders right where they wanted them with a two-run lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Then, in a blink of an eye, the Lady Blue Devils found themselves down.

Trailing 8-5, JDA showed its resiliency as a group by scoring five runs in the sixth inning, then holding off a late surge by WEHS to preserve a 10-9 win Monday in Blackville.

JDA coach Greg Williams talked about his team showing poise late in the game.

“This was a huge win for our ball club,” Williams said. “We trailed for most of the game, but we never panicked. We continued to play hard until things finally started to go our way.”

A Lady Blue Devils team, who pounded North High 14-1 on Friday, got on the scoreboard first against the Lady Raiders.

Sparked by Shelby Miller’s two-out RBI double, WEHS plated three runs in the first inning.

It was the Lady Raiders turn at-bat in the bottom of the first inning and the team answered with two runs off two hits and an error.

For the Lady Raiders, Shelia Miller and Rebecca Fogle singled and scored to cut the lead to 3-2.

In the second inning, the Lady Blue Devils increased their lead to 6-2 on runs by Kaylee Wootten, Shelby Miller and Jennifer Kanagy. Makenzie Eidson was credited with a RBI in the inning.

Down by four runs, the Lady Raiders quickly got back into the game, scoring two runs in the third and fourth innings to narrow the lead at 7-6.

Trailing 8-5 going into the bottom of the six inning, the Lady Raiders started to put together a rally. The team erupted for five runs highlighted by doubles from Makayla Thomas, Ashleigh Still and Anna Beth Morgan.

The Lady Blue Devils tried to answer in their last at-bat. Jeniffer Kanagy scored off a single by Shelby Miller to make the score 10-9.

Asheligh Still, however, ended their rally. With the bases loaded and two outs, Still got the next batter to fly out of the end the game.

Still pitched a terrific game. She went all seven innings with seven hits allowed and four strikeouts.

“Ashleigh pitched a great game. Overall, I thought she fought through some tough spots tonight to get us the win,” Williams said.