Girls win softball opener

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By Jim Clark

When you're a leading scorer and rebounder on your high school's girls basketball team, and you're only two days away from a key regional game, how do you spend your time?

If you're Margaret "Nana" Brown of Williston, you help your team to a 5-2 season-opening softball win.

The senior all-state centerfielder drove in four runs with a single and an inside-the-park home run, and made a catch in deep left-center to help put down a Keystone Heights rally in the sixth inning.

Meanwhile, freshman pitcher Tori Stamper made her debut on the varsity a successful one, striking out eight and giving up just five hits. She walked the first batter she faced, then settled down and didn't allow another free pass the rest of the game.

Trailing 1-0, WHS picked up its first two runs in the third. With one out Kayla Thorrington walked and went to third as Crissy Rawls was safe on a throwing error. After Rawls stole second, Brown singled to left to drive in both runs, and took second when the left-fielder bobbled the ball. Heather Porter, another Red Devil waiting for Thursday night's basketball game, singled, but Brown was thrown out at the plate.

Laurrin Howard singled in the fourth but was left stranded.

In the fifth the other three runs scored. Rawls walked and scored as Dayna Hunn boomed a triple to deep right-center. Brown followed with a slicing liner to left that the outfielder dove and couldn't get to. The ball rolled all the way to the fence and it was no contest as Brown circled the bases, easily beating the throw for an inside-the-parker.

That was the end of the scoring with the only other hit a single by Alneidra Graham in the sixth. Howard and Mandy Lee were safe on errors in the final two innings.

Keystone rallied for a run in the third on a single by Cortney Cases, a slow-rolling single by Sam Sibley and an RBI hit by Tori Jolley. The other run scored in the sixth as Sibley was safe on an error and advanced on another error on Jolley's fielder's choice. Chandler Singletary singled to left to drive in the other run, but only after Brown had chased down a long fly for the first out and Stamper collected another strikeout.

The only other Keystone hit was a single by Ryan Stacey in the seventh.

Williston travels to Gainesville on Thursday and returns home to play Interlachen on Friday.