The Lady Devils led wire-to-wire Friday night in their 11-3 rout of Sycamore.
Eleven at-bats in the first inning resulted in six runs, giving the Lady Devils plenty of cushion which they never ended up needing.
“I love the way they came out in the first inning and put the runs on the board, and that kind of set the momentum even though we had a couple of innings where we didn’t even score any,” JBHS head coach Jada Head said.
Freshman Julia Arms got the start, pitching 3.1 innings, giving up three runs. Korey Harris replaced her in the fourth and pitched the rest of the game, holding the Lady War Eagles scoreless in the final three innings.
“It takes teamwork, and I tell you we have a pitching team,” assistant coach Savannah Starling. “There’s not one of them that’ll take over, but they’ll get the job done together, so that’s all we can ask for.”
From the beginning of the season, Head has always said her team was capable of great things if they could see it themselves.
“I think I’m more confident than the girls,” Head said. “If they had my confidence, they would be all-stars, but sometimes they just can’t shake an error, and the ball will end up finding them. But I definitely think that we’re going to get through districts, and I’m really confident in regions, too.
“This is a great group of girls. When they’re hot, they’re hot.”
The Lady Devils will try to take that energy into the district tournament in the coming days.