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Stamper gives up one hit in Newberry; win 4-0

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By Steve Jarboe

  On April 7, just one night after the Lady Red Devil softball team gave up six runs to Ft. White on five throwing errors, the team played almost a perfect game at Newberry.

The Lady Devils got on the board in the first inning as lead off batter Crissy Rawls walked and stole second base before scoring on an Angie Wilcox single for a 1-0 lead. 

Wilcox was then picked off at first base on a throw from the Newberry catcher. Kaitlyn Bannon then doubled with two outs, but was left stranded.

Lady Red Devil Pitcher Tori Stamper took over the game from the mound as she averaged nearly two strike outs per inning and struck out the Panther side in the seventh and final inning.

Stamper allowed the Lady Panthers just one base hit while she walked just three and put a fourth Panther on base with a hit batter. The Lady Panthers never threatened to score the entire game as Stamper continued her domination from the mound.

The Lady Devils played excellent defense the entire game clinging to their slim 1-0 lead. 

On offense the Lady Devils went 3 and out for 4 straight innings at the plate before Coach Carl Williams inserted the moved up junior varsity players into the line up.

It was a move that's been a long time coming. JV move up player, Elizabeth Erickson got the offensive rally going leading off the seventh inning for the Lady Devils with a lead off single to left center field. After stealing second base, Erickson then scored on a Leticia Coronado double down the third base line. Kayla Carnegie then scored Coronado with a single. With 2 outs and a more comfortable 3-0 lead Rawls scored Carnegie with a single to put the Lady Devils up 4-0.

As the Lady Panthers came to bat in the bottom of the seventh and final inning, Stamper finished out the night striking out the side for a total of 12 strike outs for the game. 

 Looking at the score book following the game, it showed the Lady Devils did not commit a single error for the entire game. They had 4 runs on just 5 base hits, three of which came in the Erickson led rally in the seventh inning.