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Lady Devils win big in Morristown

Weather couldn’t hold the Lady Devils back from playing softball this week.
Unicoi County (38-3) are now the proud owners of an outright Morristown Invitational title after last year’s weather caused the Lady Devils and Jefferson County to share the title as co-champions, with both teams being unable to play in the finals.
After a successful stint throughout the earlier tournament games, that included an 8-2 win over Pope John Paul II High School pitched by Lady Devil sophomore Kacy Silvers, the ladies would encounter Daniel Boone (31-6) (11-1) from the Big Eight Conference.
Daniel Boone met Unicoi County in Johnson City Tournament three weeks ago before the inclement weather set in to cancel the tournament, and the game went in favor of the Lady Devils.
The Trailblazers had revenge on their mind.
Each team defeated their foes in the semifinals by one run each, and the championship game would follow suit of the preceding games.
Morristown’s Frank Lorino Park was the site for a pitchers’ duel in the circle between three-time all state pitcher for Unicoi, Kara Woods, and the Trailblazers ace, Kellie Waycaster and the match-up did not fail to disappoint.
An early error by the Lady Devils, led to a sacrifice fly RBI by Natalie Sheffey that put the Trailblazers up early, 1-0.
Woods would make sure that would change, in the circle, and in the batter’s box.
The Trailblazers lone score would come in the first, as Woods held the Blazers to a stalled offensive effort throughout the rest of the game.
Coach Lingerfelt sat by as girls continued to get closer and closer to scoring, until his senior pitcher came through … with her bat.
Woods’ solo homerun to centerfield off Waycaster in the bottom of the fourth inning knotted up the game at 1-1, but the Trailblazers would put out the fire by getting Brittany Depew to pop up, leaving Chelsey Gardner at third base to end the inning.
The game would follow in the same tradition as a normal Red Sox/Yankees match-up from the major league in baseball, with each team relying on its defense to keep the game within reach, but Lingerfelt’s girls relied on the power of the bunt to get the lead.
The bottom of the sixth inning would see the emergence of the Devils, as Shea Pearson started off the inning by getting on base by a bobbled Trailblazer second baseman Andrea Rogers. Gardner, the number-five hitter, followed up with a base hit up the middle to get the fire going for the girls from Erwin.
Sophomore Kelsey Peterson would be out at first base, but did the job of advancing Pearson and Gardner into scoring position for Depew.
The bunt was put in place.
Depew (two RBIs) wasted no time by laying down a bunt with one out between first and the pitching circle, that brought in Unicoi’s two runs to put the Lady Devils on top, 3-1.
The Trailblazers made a final attempt in the top of the seventh, but after a tremendous catch by Haley Tittle with one out, the Trailblazers: Meredith Good hit the ball to senior third baseman from Unicoi, Whitney Webb, to wrap up the game.
The tournament win marks the Lady Devils fourth tournament win during the year.

This Week
The Lady Devils will look to wrap up the Three Rivers Conference title this week, the girls go on the road this week to play against the Sullivan North Golden Raiders on Monday, after the The Erwin Record’s press deadline. The game is rescheduled from last Monday’s affair that was canceled due to rain. First pitch will be thrown at 5 p.m.
The district tournaments begin this weekend, with the Lady Devils receiving a bye after placing high within the conference, the girls will be in action on Monday, May 9, at Johnson County High School. Time and opponent to be announced.