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Blue Devils remain undefeated

Blue Nation’s “Big Blue Machine” keeps rolling along at Baxter Field.
Weather prolonged some action early in the week, but Unicoi County High School’s baseball program was able to secure three wins throughout last week’s slate of games.
The Blue Devils (5-0, TRC 3-0) made an early push toward the top of the Three Rivers Conference after beginning the week with a 10-3 victory over Elizabethton on Tuesday, March 19, at Joe O’Brien Field in Carter County.
Non-conference action popped up in the forecast in Erwin as UCHS saw William McInturff throw the first Blue Devil no-hitter of the year in a five-inning 12-0 win over Unaka on Wednesday, March 20.
UCHS wrapped up their second league win on Saturday, March 23, in an afternoon contest against Sullivan East, where the Blue Devils prevailed 7-3.
“It’s good to get in a habit of playing,” UCHS skipper Charlie Baxter said after seeing his squad encounter multiple scheduling changes in the first two weeks of the season. “We’re getting good production from our hitters. We’ve got guys hitting around .400 to .600 as batting averages … and we have the ability to keep that going as long as the guys continue with the right mindset.”
Tuesday saw the Blue Devils battle through chilly temperatures and a late postponed start to pull ahead of Elizabethton, who started off the season with a win over East.
“It was a big win,” Baxter said. “We left more guys on base than we would have liked, but overall I felt our guys did a good job of battling late and Jonathan (Davis) starting to throw well as the game went along.”
Davis (2-0) went the distance on the mound by pitching a complete game while allowing only four Cyclone hits and chalked up seven strikeouts during the night.
The Blue Devils were led by Taylor Lafever in the batter’s box with a 3-4, two RBI performance.
For the remainder of this article please see the March 26, 2013 edition of The Erwin Record.