By Mack Gordon
WATER VALLEY – The Blue Devil baseball team opened up their 2017 campaign on Saturday, Feb. 18, as they hosted several teams from around the area for the annual Water Valley Jamboree. The team took the field under new leadership, as Head Coach Jeb Lee coached his first game at the helm of the Blue Devil program.
Water Valley announced the hiring of Coach Lee last summer after former Coach Kary Bridges accepted the Head Coaching position at St. Martin High School.
In the first game of the day the host Blue Devils faced off against the Lafayette Commodores. The Blue Devils and Commo-dores both leaned on good pitching to keep the offenses quiet for much of the four- inning contest. Both teams were each able to plate two runs leading to a 2-2 tie in the first game of the Water Valley jamboree.
The Blue Devils did not play again until Saturday night in the last game of the jamboree, facing off against the Lewisburg Patriots. The Patriots used a dominating pitching performance to keep the Blue Devils off the board, and were able to plate five runs to come away with the 5-0 victory.
Water Valley will officially kick off the season this Saturday as they take part in the Bulldog Classic hosted by the New Albany Bulldogs. The Blue Devils will play two games in the Classic, first taking on the North Pontotoc Vikings and then the Potts Camp Cardinals.