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Lady Devils Wind Up Season, New Coach Is Hired

Lady Devil catcher Shade Epes dives to make a tag at home plate as pitcher Callie Davis leaves the mound to assist. The Lady Devils fell to Nettleton in playoff action. – Photo by Claudia Anthony

Ashley Phillips is safe at second. Phillips, who will be attending Mississippi State University this fall, is also the recipient of the Natasha Nicole Woodard Memorial Scholarship, given by the Pine Grove East Church. Ashley is the daughter of Rodney and Darlene Phillips. – Photo by Claudia Anthony


By Mark Anthony
Sports Reporter


WATER VALLEY – The Lady Blue Devils finished up the season last week with a pair of losses to defending state champions, the Nettleton Lady Tigers.

    The girls finished overall 14 – 12 and were 5 – 1 in division play. A few key injuries late in the season stalled  the championship run after just two rounds.

    An injury to key defensive player, shortstop Briana Thompson, had Coach Kendra Bensch struggling to fill the void in the field late in the season.

    The Lady Devils also struggled to fill the pitching slots on the mound, fielding two or three starting pitchers.

    The Lady Devils will now focus on next year as a new head coach will take the reins. Casey Clouse has served as the head coach of Simmons High School for the last year and comes to Water Valley with an impressive athletic background.

    Clouse played high school ball at Mooreville and Clinton, and also played at Hinds Community College.

    She will also serve as volleyball coach in her new dual role.

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