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Remember back when heavy coats, blankets, gloves and even ear muffs were the wearing apparel for fans attending the opening game for the softball season in early February. Just two months later on Friday night April 15, it was shorts and shirt sleeve clothing.
What a difference a few months make in not only the weather, but in two rival teams playing to start and end their seasons.
It was February 7, in Chiefland that a Lady Red Devil team with great expectations by the fans beat the Lady Indians in a 10 run rule stoppage 11-1 in five innings.
But this is April 15, the final game of the regular season for the Lady Devils before the start of their District Playoffs and these Lady Devils are not playing to their potential.
Coming off back to back loses to PK Yonge and Oak Hall, a third loss in a row would be a scary way for the Lady Devils to go into the District playoffs. Also, this was senior night for the Lady Devils as well. But the Lady Indians needed just 3 base hits to score 5 runs, for an easy 5-1 win to spoil senior night for the error plagued Lady Red Devils.
Most fans are finding it hard to watch a team with the talent that these Lady Red Devils have, continue to commit the high number of errors they have become accustom to committing. Also the lack of hitting has continued to haunt this team as well. Four players have collected 85% of the hits this season for the team. After all this team did play in the Final Four last year for a State Championship and only 2 players on this years team did not play in that final four game.
The Lady Indians scored 3 runs off 2 Lady Devil errors in the third inning and 2 runs off another error in the fifth inning for a 5-0 lead.
Angie Wilcox laced a stinging hit for a 2 out triple in the bottom of the fifth inning that was followed by a Dayna Hunn double, her second of the game, off the center field fence for the Lady Devils lone run in the game. Twice in the game Lady Devils had runners on first and second base with one out in both the first and third innings and left them stranded each time.
The District Playoffs are up next for the Lady Red Devils as they travel to Santa Fe on Thursday April 21, at 5:00 pm to take on Fort White in their opening playoff game. A win will put them into the Championship game on Friday April 22, with a chance to continue their season. A loss to the Lady Indians will send them home ending their season.