Blue Devils ride huge first inning

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

BOONEVILLE – Booneville forced fans in blankets to watch a long, chilly inning on Friday night, but they didn’t mind watching their team win. The Lady Devils won Game 1 of a best-of-three Class 3A fastpitch series 13-2 in five innings over Water Valley.
“We did a very nice job early on of not taking too many bad swings, making them come to us and put the pressure on throughout the game,” Booneville coach Jeremy Reece said.
Booneville sent 10 to the plate in the first inning and scored six runs. It added a run in each of the next two innings and walked off after Bre Agnew’s two-run home run.
Starting pitcher Madison Davis (7-5) held the other Lady Devils at bay and her three hits outhit the two she allowed. The sophomore had six strikeouts and drove in two.
“We’ve had several games where we hit the ball extremely well and we’ve had several tough games where we’ve had to have key hits,” Reece said. “Today the bats came alive for us.”
Davis had two triples for Booneville (12-11). The Lady Devils had 12 total hits. Agnew drove in two, Chloe Eubank two, Caroline Goodwin, Karah Stepenson and Kayla Moore one each.
“In the middle of the game I started losing it, but I got it back,” said Davis. “I had my defense behind me, so I wasn’t really worried about it.”
Game 2 is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Water Valley. Game 3 would follow. The series winner will face Mooreville.
Water Valley didn’t score until a two-run single in the fourth inning from Kelsey Neely.
“I heard they were hitting the ball well,” Water Valley coach Casey Clouse said. “We didn’t hit well at all. We have home field advantage.
“We’ll come back and try tomorrow.”
brandon.speck@journalinc.com