DEA softball off to a good start

by | August 26, 2008 12:00 am

The David Emanuel Academy Lady Eagle softball team almost won as many games in the opening week of the 2008 season as they did in all of 2007. After wining three games last year, DEA began the current campaign with an 11-9 win over Robert Toombs and a 10-5 victory over Thomas Jefferson Academy. But in their effort to start the year at 3-0, the Lady Eagles led Curtis Baptist 5-2 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh before falling 6-5 in North Augusta, South Carolina last Thursday.

“This team has come together very well at the beginning” said Head Coach Kristi Garrett, who returned just five players from last year. “The game on Thursday was a tough loss and we will see how well we respond to that the next time out.”

In the season opener in Lyons on Monday, August 18, pitcher Gabrielle Story allowed just three hits in picking her first win of the season. She helper her cause by going two for three at the plate with a walk and was hit by a pitch. Story scored four of the 11 DEA runs, drove home two more and stole seven bases in the win. Other notable performances included Jessica Wimberly, who stole five bases, had a hit, walked three times and scored a run, and Blair Whitfield, who was one for three with two stolen bases and one run scored. Cheyenne Duckworth, Lauren Bridgers, Brittany McNure, Allison Coleman and Sarah Fulghum all contributed a hit to the win.

The home opener was the following day when Thomas Jefferson Academy visited Stillmore. Once again Story was instrumental in the DEA win as she struck out nine Lady Jaguars and gave up only two hits in going 2-0. At the plate the 2007 All-State player went three for four with five stolen bases, scored two runs, drew a walk and drove in two runs. The win could also be described as a total team effort as eight other players contributed at the plate. Lauren Bridgers had a hit, scored a run, had a sacrifice and stole a base. Cheyenne Duckworth scored two runs and stole two bases. Jessica Wimberly had a hit, scored two runs stole five bases, and had an RBI. Jordan Brett had a hit scored a run, and stole three bases. Brittany McNure scored a run and stole two bases. Blair Whitfield stole two bases. Macy Wiggins had a hit scored a run and drove home a run and Allison Coleman had an RBI in the first region contest of the year.

The Lady Eagles will be in action again on September 2 when they travel to Douglas to play Citizens Christian in a region contest.

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