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Devils dominate in season opener
SHS Softball
Statesboro High pitcher Brinson Anne Rogers notches one of her 13 strikeouts in Statesboro's season opening win at Greenbrier Monday afternoon. - photo by JOSH AUBREY

The Statesboro Blue Devil softball team got the 2018 season off on the right foot as they knocked off the Greenbrier Wolfpack 9-2, behind a solid pitching performance by Brinson Anne Rogers, and three hits a piece from Avery Wiggins, Jenna Coble and Mckenzi Wilkerson.

“This was a good program we beat here tonight,” said Statesboro coach Jim Simmons. “It was good to finally get a game under our belt, especially with missing so much practice time to the rain the last few weeks.”

Trailing 1-0 the Blue Devils took a 2-1 lead in the third. With two outs Wilkerson came through with a bases loaded single to right. Meanwhile Rogers was mowing down the Wolfpack batters, allowing one unearned run in the first, then striking out four of the next six batters she faced.

“Brinson Anne did a great job on the mound tonight,” Simmons said. “I think her strike percentage could have been better, and I think she would expect more herself. She did keep her composure well out there throughout the game.”

The Blue Devils added two more runs in the third. Coble came through with an RBI single to center, and then with the bases loaded Sloan Aubrey hit a hard ball to short driving in Bailee Roberts.

Statesboro tacked on three more runs in the fifth. Following a lead off double by Wilkerson, Morgan Thomson singled to right, which plated Wilkerson. Coble then picked up two more RBI’s with a single to right to extend the lead to 7-1. 

“We put a lot of quality balls in play, even when they didn’t go for a hit,” Simmons said. “One thing we need to work a little is our signs, and anticipating what’s going to happen in certain situations. That’s the kind of thing you sometimes expect the first game or two.”

Greenbrier struck for one more run in the bottom of the fifth, but Statesboro responded in the top of the sixth. Tanner Kaiser drove home Coble with a single to right. Thompson then plated the final run of the game driving home Kaiser.

Kinlee Carter pitched a perfect seventh ending the game with a strikeout. Rogers ended up going six innings, allowing only three hits while striking out 13. 

Statesboro now embarks on a busy week in which they will play six game over six days. Next up they travel back to Evans to take on the Knights of Evans High School with a 6 p.m. start.