In this county it’s always good to get a rivalry win and Lawrence County got their first one of the season when they picked up a big win over the East Lawrence Eagles.
The Lady Devils overcame an early 1-0 deficit to score 12 straight runs and earn the win.
“It makes me feel a lot better because we could have easily gotten down,” said Lawrence County head coach Courtney Lovelady of her team’s response to getting behind 1-0. “They could have gotten down on themselves and not came back and made the right plays. But they didn’t and I’m proud of that mentality.”
Lovelady is in her first season as head coach of the Red Devils and the team has gotten off to a hot start. The win over the Eagles put them at 4-1 on the season. After a tournament in Auburn over the weekend, they now sit at 7-3.
East Lawrence grabbed the 1-0 lead in the first inning when Grace Parker sacrificed to score Tori Crow.
After that it was all Red Devils.
Rylie Terry tied it up with a single in the first and then they added two more runs in the second. Then they broke the game open in the third inning.
Madelyn Ray, Raigen Henderson and Patti-Anne Smith had RBI singles, while Sadie Thompson hit an RBI triple. Hayley Clemons and Kendall Terry sacrificed for RBIs and the Devils led 10-1 after the inning.
“My whole lineup was hitting and that really helped,” Lovelady said. “I had some that hadn’t been hitting well step up and overall everybody was getting involved in some way. We had base runners in scoring position and we were able to get them across.”
Patti-Anne Smith picked up the win in the circle, allowing three hits and one run with four strikeouts.
Sadie Thompson led the Devils with three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored. Rylie Terry, Smith, Maggie Shelton and Raigen Henderson all picked up two hits.
Briley Pitt, Camryn Langley and Tori Spears all had hits for East Lawrence.
The Red Devils have gotten off to a big start, but their new head coach knows there’s still a lot of work to do.
“We’ve been practicing all this time and kind of run out of stuff to work on,” Lovelady said. “But now that we’re playing I’m seeing the things we need to work on and I’m excited about that.”