The Statesboro softball team played their home opener Monday evening at Mill Creek Park, and the Blue Devils were able to continue their winning ways as they knocked off Richmond Hill 7-1 behind solid pitching, and some timely hitting, improving to 5-0 on the season.
“I was impressed with our performance,” said Statesboro coach Jim Simmons. “This is our third straight win over a 6-A school. I felt like Brinson Anne was strong on the mound, and once again we put plenty of balls in play, which helped us offensively.”
Statesboro opened the scoring in the first inning. A ground out by Bailee Roberts plated Avery Wiggins for a 1-0 lead. Brinson Anne Rogers then singled home Jamiah Jones to make it 2-0.
The Blue Devils added three more runs in the second. With the bases loaded Mckenzi Wilkerson hit a high fly ball to right, that was dropped, allowing all three runners to score and giving Statesboro a 5-0 lead.
“I felt like we had a few players that had some solid at bats, and then a few that came through that second or third time around,” Simmons said. “We still had a few that never really got it going, and that’s something we need to address at practice.”
Meanwhile Rogers was getting it done on the mound as well. Rogers finished with 10 strikeouts, and allowed only three hits while walking four.
“BA through the ball well,” Simmons said. “Not as well as she did last time out, (A no-hitter vs Brunswick) but still looked sharp. She used some off speed pitches toward the end of the game, which I was happy to see.
The Blue Devils added 2 more runs in the bottom of the fifth. With runners on second and third, Morgan Thompson came through with a two run single to left center plating Kinlee Carter and Wiggins for a 7-0 Statesboro lead.
The Wildcats were able to avoid the shutout in the top of the seventh as Kyra Byrd hit an RBI double to center, but Rogers sat the last two batters down, and Statesboro improved to 5-0 on the season.
“We are playing well,” Simmons said. “But we know it all starts to really matter later this week as we open up region play at South Effingham Thursday.”
Statesboro won't have to wait for its second home game as the Devils face Screven County tonight at 6 p.m.