Williston-Elko Blue Devils rebound for win

  • JC Woods, right, of Williston-Elko High slides home safely for a run in Friday’s win over Wagener-Salley High.

The Williston-Elko High varsity baseball team bounced back in fine fashion Friday, March 24 with a 6-4 win on region rival Wagener-Salley High.

The game was close until the sixth inning when the Blue Devils erupted with three runs to take a 6-1 advantage.

The Blue Devils were then able to hold off a late charge by the War Eagles, who answered with three runs in the seventh inning, to preserve the win.

With the victory, Williston-Elko High moves to 5-3 overall and 4-0 in region play.

Williston-Elko High coach Alan LeRoy said the team needed a win after suffering back-to-back losses to Jefferson Davis Academy and Silver Bluff High.

“We lost two very tough games, but we didn’t dwell on it. The players showed a lot of fight today against a very good Wagener-Salley team. Hopefully this win will get us going,” LeRoy said.

The Blue Devils were able to seize the momentum early behind the bat of Tres Rimes. Rimes reached on a single, stole second and scored off a hit by Noah Wootten in the first inning.

In the second inning, the Blue Devils tacked on two more runs to extend their lead to 3-0. For the team, Griffin Zimmerman and Tyshawn Allen singled and scored. Rimes was credited with a RBI in the inning.

Down 3-0, the War Eagles got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning with a run off two hits.

After keeping the game close, the War Eagles pitching fell apart in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Blue Devils pounded out five hits and scored three runs in the inning. Griffin Zimmerman and Tres Rimes highlighted the inning. Zimmerman had a RBI single and Rimes recorded a two-run RBI double.

The five-run lead would be enough for right-hander JC Wood, who had an exceptional game pitching.

Wood, who retired five batters in a row during a stretch, finished with six strikeouts in 6 and 2/3 innings of work. Brandon Nix came on in relief to get the final batter out in the seventh inning.

Players shining defensively for the Blue Devils included Wyman Long, Noah Wootten, Tyshawn Allen, Tres Rimes and Case Wiles.