By Mack Gordon
OXFORD – The Water Valley Blue Devils (2-8) competed in the Oxford High School spring break tournament last week. The Blue Devils faced talented competition against the Lake Cormorant Gators, Houston Hilltoppers, and the host Oxford Chargers.
The Blue Devils took Lake Cormorant to extra innings before falling to the Gators, and were run-ruled by the experienced Chargers and Hilltoppers. Facing off against talented teams like this will only help the young Blue Devils continue to grow as a team as they prepare for division play.
In their most competitive game of the tournament, Water Valley was defeated by the Lake Cormorant Gators 4-3 in the 8th inning. The Blue Devils scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the 1st inning as they took an early 3-1 lead over the Gators. Lake Cormorant added two in the 3rd inning to tie the game up at three, but neither team was able to plate a run over the next four innings, sending the game to extra innings.
Lake Cormorant ended the game, scoring one in the top of the 8th and holding Water Valley off the board to earn their 4-3 victory.
The loss to the Gators, dropped the Blue Devils to (2-6) on the season. Gavin Darby led the Blue Devils with two hits against the Gators, and Blayne Clark, Ty Kuykendall, Chapel Hyde, and Martavis Rockette each recorded one hit.
In the second game of the tournament, Water Valley faced off against the Houston Hilltoppers, who were very effective offensively winning 18-4 in five innings. Houston finished the game with 15 hits, Water Valley produced six hits.
In their final game of the Spring Break tournament, the Blue Devils took on the host 5A Oxford Chargers. The talented Chargers used impressive pitching to hold the Blue Devils to only one run, and scored 11 runs of their own to win 11-1. With the loss to the host Oxford Chargers, Water Valley fell to (2-8) on the season.
The Blue Devils will be back in action on Friday as they face the 2A Bruce Trojans on the road.