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Lady Blue Devils end season as district runners-up


The Lady Blue ­Devils ended their season as district ­runners-up for the second year in a row.
Williston-Elko High’s softball team competed in the district championship on May 9 against Whitmire, but lost 3-21.
“Disappointing end to the season last night but if you play in May only one team gets to avoid that huddle of tears. Doesn’t take away from the amazing season these girls had,” said Williston-Elko head softball coach Jamie Wootten.
With a 15-9 record for the season, the Lady Blue Devils finished second in the region and second in the district. The team had a .384 batting average, hit six homeruns (four over the fence), scored 300 runs, stole 89 bases, had 68 extra base hits, and the pitchers recorded 131 strikeouts. There were four All-Region players and Hailey O’Neal was All-State player.
“The Lady Devils set records for batting average, runs scored, and homeruns this year. They have some great young talent and the future for the program is bright,” said assistant coach Kevin Jones.
Coach Wootten asked Coach Jones, who is head football coach for the Blackville-Hilda Hawks, to help the Lady Blue Devils this season, particularly with their hitting. Coach Jones has experience coaching softball at other schools, but previously gave it up to focus on football.
“I had a blast working with the girls this season. I want to thank Jamie and Greg Williams for allowing me to help. They pour their heart and soul into these kids and do a good job. Obviously it could have been awkward with me being the head football coach at their rival school but they along with (WEHS athletic director) Kenny Lipsey and the administrators at Williston-Elko made me feel welcome,” said Coach Jones.
The senior class leaves with 38 wins.
“To my seniors, girls I love you, I’m here for you, and you are always welcomed back. Thank you for helping build this program back from the ashes,” said Coach Wootten.
Coach Jones said he wishes the senior good luck with the next chapter in lift. “I hope the younger players continue to work hard going forward,” he said.
Coach Wootten also thanks the parents, fans, and school staff for their support.