By Mark Anthony
The Lady Blue Devil fast pitch team (9-9) enjoyed home play this week with a doubleheader against South Pontotoc and Byhalia of Marshall County.
The Lady Devils wasted no time in scoring in the first game against the Cougars. Junior Haley Vance hit a ground-out RBI, sending Shade Epes to the plate and giving the Blue Devils an early one run lead.
An error at the plate put South Pontotoc on the board to even things up in the top of the second inning.
In the bottom of the second, Tonya Phillips got things started with a double and senior Anna True moved her over to third. Courtney True’s next at-bat produced a single and a run. Callie Davis added to the excitement when she singled to center field, putting another runner in scoring position. Tyler Epes successfully bunted, loading the bases.
Shade Epes, the number one hole hitter, scorched a line drive to the short stop, who stepped on the bag for the double play to end the inning.
The Cougars took the lead off a pair of singles in the top of the third, 3-2.
Again the Lady Devils answered with another RBI single from True to score Vance and tie the game.
With perfect field work from both sides in the fourth inning, both sides were retired. South Pontotoc was able to score just one run in the top of the fifth inning.
Vance and Ashley Phil-lips got things going in the bottom of the fifth inning. Vance hit a double to left field and Tonya Phillips brought her in with a triple. Phillips then scored when True hit a ground out RBI and the Blue Devils took the lead 6 – 3.
The Cougars were retired again in the sixth by Tyler Epes.
Mallory Washington hit a two run RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning, giving Water Valley a five run lead.
The Cougars tried to make a late effort, scoring two runs in the seventh, but came up short.
Big at-bats kept the win streak going for the Blue Devils in the Byhalia game. Vance had a two run home run and a grand slam home run to win the game.