Lady Devils blow out B.C. Rain

Published 1:39 pm Saturday, March 31, 2012

The injury bug was not enough to keep the Escambia County Lady Blue Devils from picking up their 11th win of the season Thursday at B.C. Rain High School in Mobile.

The Lady Blue Devils (11-2, 2-2) were without their starting pitcher Kaylee Cox, who suffered a concussion in Tuesday’s loss to Saraland, but with Taylor Hill in the circle, ECHS still dominated the Lady Raiders 21-0.

Hill, a freshman, recorded three strikeouts, while giving up no runs to earn the win.

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It was also a big day at the plate for ECHS, as every girl on the roster played and recorded a hit in the game.

The strong performance showed Lady Blue Devils head softball coach Darryl Otwell the possible depth on his team, he said.

“We had a great team win against B.C. Rain,” he said. “All of our girls made it in during the game, which is great to get young girls experience. Several of our younger girls had hits in the game, and freshman Ashleigh Simpkins had a big day with three hits. It was just a great day from our entire roster.”

Simpkins showed her impact to the team going 3-for-4 in the game with a double and two singles, while scoring a run.

Lady Blue Devils junior Jasmine Ireland (2-for-3, HR, 3B, 4R) also had a big day recording an inside the park home run, a triple and scoring four runs in the win.

Escambia County made quick work of the Lady Raiders in the game jumping out to a 8-0 lead through the second inning.

With Hill keeping B.C. Rain off of the scoreboard, the Lady Blue Devils took advantage of the momentum and scored 13 runs in the top of the third to get the edge they needed to end the game early at 21-0.

Escambia County turns their attention towards a rematch at Saraland on Tuesday. The Lady Blue Devils hope to redeem themselves after suffering an 8-0 loss to the Lady Spartans last Tuesday.

With the team’s starting pitcher recovering from an injury, Otwell said he hopes she is back for Tuesday’s game.

“Kaylee is day-to-day with her concussion,” he said. “We are staying in close contact with her parents, so if she has any kind of symptoms, we will hold her out. We expect her back next week with Tuesday being the latest return.”

The Lady Blue Devils and Lady Spartans face off at 6:30 p.m. in Saraland.

Saraland 8, ECHS 0
A few bad breaks went against the Escambia County Lady Blue Devils Tuesday in their loss to Saraland.

The Lady Blue Devils put runners on base, but were unable to get hits at crucial times, as they fell 8-0 to the Lady Spartans.

Ychelle Walker was the offensive leader for ECHS going 2-for-3 in the loss. Kaylee Cox and Y-netta Craft also had hits with both going 1-for-3.