DOUGLAS, Ga. — What a difference a week makes.
On Aug. 5, Tift County opened its softball season with an 11-1 loss to Coffee. Seven days later, Tift traveled to Douglas to face the Trojans. The result? A 5-0 Devils victory.
"Everybody played really, really well," said head coach Taylor Barber, whose team improved to 2-3.
Paige Hill was a dynamo in the circle, according to Barber, giving up just three hits while striking out four.
"She was unreal," he said. "She commanded the zone."
Hill also helped the Devils' cause with an RBI single and two hits. The mightiest swing, however, belonged to Alaina Stephens.
Stephens went 3-for-4 on the day, one of those hits a home run in the fifth inning that he described as "a big bomb." Emily Henderson picked up the squad's other RBI. Barber said he wasn't sure going in that Henderson would be able to play because of illness. He also cited the defensive play of Niambi Battle.
Late runs led to Tift's ruin in the opener. Already up 3-1, Coffee tacked on eight tallies in the seventh inning. They were quiet Monday, but did load the bases in their half of the seventh inning.
Hill got out of the jam unscathed by forcing a flyout to Henderson. Barber said Hill "competed her tail off."
Tift County will return home Wednesday afternoon to play Worth County. The two met earlier this season in a scrimmage.