ECHS girls aiming to get better in season

Published 9:30 am Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Escambia County’s Lady Blue Devils want to get better.

First-year coach Stephen Murray said Sunday there is a lot of talent on the young team.

The Lady Blue Devils lost against Flomaton, Excel and T.R. Miller in the invitational in Brewton last weekend, and fell 8-3 in Class 4A, Area 2 play to W.S. Neal on March 2. Each of the losses at the invitational was by double digits.

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“I know we lost, but I’m so proud of them,” Murray said in spite of the loss to WSN. “We have so much talent on our team with those young ladies out there playing. My big thing I keep stressing is to turn it loose.

“If they do that, they would be surprised at what they can do,” he said.

Murray said the girls played hard against Flomaton in the first game of the invitational.

“We played them tough in the first couple of innings, and then they started to get around us,” he said. “Not to discredit the girls; we just don’t have the pitching. The girls played hard.”

While the Lady Blue Devils are losing some games, their attitudes have been great, Murray said.

“I actually want to compliment the girls and players,” he said. “In spite of the losses and scores, the attitudes have been fantastic.”

ECHS made it to the south regional in Gulf Shores last year. The Lady Blue Devils, this season especially, are aiming to get better with each passing game, Murray said.

“We want to keep improving every game,” he said. “We are going to keep up the great attitude and learn from our mistakes, and just keep playing.”

The Lady Blue Devils are back in action on Friday in Mobile against B.C. Rain for a doubleheader. Action starts at 4:30 p.m.