WEHS beats JDA in softball rematch

  • Lady Blue Devil slugger Grace Samarco comes up with a hit in the seventh inning against JDA.

Failure to finish its softball game cost Williston-Elko High in its first meeting against Jefferson Davis Academy in the team’s 11-10 loss.

The teams met again in a rematch April 10 in Williston.

This time, however, it was Jefferson Davis Academy who was unable to hold on to its lead late and fell by a score of 9-8.

Leading 8-7, the Lady Raiders seemingly had control against the Lady Blue Devils in the bottom of the seventh inning.

With no runners on base and two outs, the Lady Raiders needed just one out to finalize a victory.

The Lady Blue Devils rallied, scoring two runs off a hit and two errors for a come-back win.

Lady Blue Devils eighth grader Grace Samarco was the heroine of the day. Samarco’s two-out single in the inning kept the team alive.

Samarco said she was happy she came through for her teammates.

“I was a little nervous at the plate, but when I hit the ball I just ran as fast as I could,” Samarco said.

JDA coach Greg Williams said dropping a game the way his team did is just frustrating.

“We played well all game, but in the last inning, we just kind of fell apart defensively,” Williams said. “I hate to lose games like this when we played so well.”

Williston-Elko High coach Mark Crossland said the team never gave up.

“We were down several times in the game, but we never lost our poise. I have to give credit to our girls for hanging around, then finding a way to win at the end.”

The contest got off to a fast start with both teams scoring two runs in its first at-bat.

For JDA, Anna Beth Morgan and Becca Fogle singled and scored. Caroline Polston had a RBI in the inning.

The Lady Blue Devils answered in the bottom of the first inning on runs by Jennifer Kanagy and Shelby Miller to tie the game at 2-2.

In the third inning, the Lady Blue Devils took their first lead of the game. Kanagy reached on an error. Shelby Miller followed with a single to put runners at first and second. Moments later, Madison Campbell belted a double, scoring Kanagy and Miller for a 4-2 lead.

After going scoreless for three innings, the Lady Raiders regained their bats in the fifth inning.

Makayla Thomas highlighted a five-run inning with a two-run RBI double that put the team ahead 8-5. Others scoring in the inning included Anna Beth Morgan, Shelby Miller, Becca Fogle and Caroline Polston.

Down by three runs, the Lady Blue Devils fought back in the sixth inning. The team plated two runs on scores by Kanagy and Miller to narrow the lead to 8-7

The score remained that way going into the bottom of the seventh inning.

In that inning, Lady Raiders pitcher Ashley Still got the first two batters to ground out.

With two outs, Grace Samarco was the next batter and she kept the team alive with an infield single. Afterwards, Kaylee Wootten reached on an error to put runners at first and second.

Jennifer Kanagy stepped to the plate. Kanagy’s hard-hit grounder was fielded by the third baseman, but the throw to first was off target and allowed Samacro and Wootten to score to end the game.