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Devils' bats erupt to defeat Claxton

    Statesboro High School eviscerated Claxton Tuesday evening by a count of 15-0 in three innings, marking the Blue Devils' third mercy rule win of the season.
    Funny as it is, Statesboro has only three wins this season — giving them the highest run differential in the county in wins this season with a plus-31 rating. To make things even more interesting, Statesboro head coach Jim Simmons didn’t play any of his starters Tuesday night.
    “I was really happy to see the younger girls who played today execute fundamentally,” Simmons said. “It speaks volumes to what my assistant coaches do with them in practice.”
    Statesboro went right to work in the first inning, scoring 10 runs off of just four hits and three errors by Claxton. All nine girls in the starting lineup reached base safely in the frame as Statesboro batted around and back to the four hole before finally reaching the third out.
    Laura Ashley Groover, Sloan Aubrey, Madi Mobley, Emma Jayne Godbee, and Cassidi Rushing all knocked in runs in the first inning, with Rushing and Godbee bringing in two each on their second plate appearance of the frame. It topped the season-high of runs scored in an inning by the Blue Devils, which was nine in Monday night’s game against Jenkins.
    “We brought it today,” Rushing said. “Our bats were swinging really well.”
    Aubrey added another RBI in the second inning and Rushing followed with two more to make it 14-0 following another error by Claxton. The final blow was delivered with one out in the third inning when Claxton made its sixth error of the game to bring in Kalli Harsha to make it 15-0. It marks the biggest win by any team in Bulloch County this season.
    “It’s good to have a game like this to puff up the morale before we get into region play,” Simmons said.
    Rushing was 2-for-3 with four RBI, both team highs for the game. King also came through with two hits, while Godbee and Mobley each had two RBI on the night. Seven of the nine starters registered a hit and eight of the nine scored at least on run. Godbee and Groover each had a team high three runs scored on the evening.
    “Before games we have a new routine where we go to the cages and work on the technicalities of our swings,” Rushing said. “I think it’s helped us a lot on offense.”
    While the game may have only been three innings, McKenney Corbett technically pitched a no-hitter despite walking five batters and hitting another. Even while allowing six base runners, none came across to score and two others struck out.
    “She played much better after how she pitched against Metter,” Simmons said. “Today was another step forward for her. There will be times this season we need her to eat some innings for us, so if we can get her to the level of our other starters we will be more fortified as a staff.”
    Statesboro (3-3) will be back in action tonight when they travel to Dublin High School, with first pitch set to go at 5 p.m.