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Starr's Mill sends Devils' perfect mark off into night

    Statesboro began its baseball season with five consecutive victories, but couldn't get out of its own way Friday night.
    The Blue Devils put up a good fight, but seven errors led to their demise as they suffered a 7-5 defeat at Mill Creek Regional Park.
    Despite all of the miscues, the Devils were still within striking distance in the final inning.
    Statesboro advanced the potential tying run to second base, but Mahlon Williams went down swinging as the Devils dropped their first contest of the 2014 season.
    Following the game, it was obvious what the tipping point was for the Devils.
    "We know that errors are going to be made, but you never want to see seven of them," SHS coach Jim Simmons said. "You definitely don't want to see all of them happen so fast either."
    Jordan Finch and Blakely Brown turned in solid efforts on the mound, but were tagged with the unearned runs. Finch started and was credited with the loss.
    Down 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Devils still showed some fight.
    Williams led off the inning with an infield single, and worked his way to third before scoring on a balk.
    Clay Reed and Jacob Schofill both singled and Jackson Ware got SHS within 6-5 as he stroked a two-out single into left-center.
    Starr's Mill scored one more run — again unearned — in the top of the seventh and was able to escape with the win.
    "The one positive is that we made physical errors and not mental errors," Simmons said. "We have guys who have played awhile and know how to correct that. I trust that we'll be able to bounce back quickly."
    Statesboro will try to get thing turned around this afternoon as they host Walnut Grove. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

    Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9404.