Lady Blue Devils torch Lady Hawks in cross-county rivalry game
Rich in softball tradition, the Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High varsity girls are considered one of the most competitive rivals in the state.
That, however, was not the case when the teams met March 21 in the Devils Den.
The Lady Blue Devils, who were coming off a disappointing loss to Jefferson Davis Academy, took out their frustrations on their in-county rivals.
The end result was a lopsided 18-3 victory.
With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 4-1 in region.
“This was a much better performance today. I thought we came out and performed with a lot of intensity,” Williston-Elko High coach Mark Crossland said.
The game was tight through the first three innings with the Lady Blue Devils clinging to a 4-3 advantage.
That changed in the fourth inning when the Lady Blue Devils erupted for 14 runs to take control of the game at 18-3.
In all, the Lady Blue Devils sent 16 batters to the plate in the inning and tallied 9 hits, including four doubles.
Fueling the scoring run were Jennifer Kanagy, Jasmine Amstead and Kaylee Wooten with RBI doubles. Several players scored twice in the inning. They included Madison Campbell, Shelby Miller, and Grace Samerrco.
Jennifer Kanagy picked up the win in the circle. Kanagy went four innings with three hits allowed and six strikeouts.
The Lady Blue Devils’ standouts on defense included Madisyn Williams, Makenzie Edison, Madison Campbell, Jasmine Amstead, Shelby Miller and Karili Overton.