Blue Devils pin 12-4 defeat on Sunbright

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By Dwane Wilder

Jellico High School’s baseball team was on its way Thursday afternoon to a doubleheader sweep of Sunbright when the Blue Devils ran out of daylight.


The Blue Devils (1-1 district, 1-1 overall) crushed the Tigers, 12-4, in the first game and were winning the nightcap, 6-5, when the umpire suspended play because of a problem with the stadium lights at Carroll-Wilson Field.

“I’d like to have gotten that one in,” said Jellico coach Randy Moses.

“That would’ve put us 2-1 in the district.”

Devin Oakes struck out five batters in the first game and was credited with the victory. Zachary Budd, Michael Smith and Gabe Mitchell had two hits each for the Blue Devils. Smith and Jasper Budd scored three runs each, while Oakes and Zachary Budd scored two each. Mitchell had 2 RBI.

Mitchell was pitching the second game when it was suspended after the third inning.

Jellico opened the season earlier last week with a 7-2 district setback at Wartburg. Jerry Walker was tagged with the loss. The Blue Devils fell behind 5-0 in the first two innings but clamped down on defense to make a game of it.

“Jerry settled down and pitched pretty well after that,” said Moses.

“We’re young in a lot of places, but the players are developing and playing hard.”

Win or lose, the Blue Devils are just happy to be on the field after their first four games this season were postponed because of bad weather.

“I’m glad to be playing instead of sitting around during all of this rain,” said Moses.