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Jellico girls on 3-game win streak

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By Dwane Wilder

It didn’t take long for the Jellico High School Lady Blue Devils to put a heartbreaking loss to Coalfield behind them.

Jellico (2-1 district, 3-1 overall) reeled off three consecutive victories, including a doubleheader sweep Thursday afternoon of Sunbright, to stay afloat in the District 4-A softball race.

The Lady Blue Devils are having to compete in a much tougher league this year after moving over from District 2-A. Prior to last season, Jellico had gone 10 years without losing a district game.

Coalfield, the favorite in District 4-A, has a sophomore pitcher already being recruited by the University of Alabama. The Lady Yellowjackets beat the Lady Blue Devils in a 4-2 thriller on March 16. Since then, Jellico is 3-0.

“I think that was a motivation game for us,” said Lady Blue Devils coach Nancy Douglas.

“We really competed against them with only four returning starters back. We’re having to get some people to step up.”

The Lady Blue Devils responded to the Coalfield loss by trouncing Scott County, 17-6, last Tuesday. Senior pitcher Noel Tiller struck out 13 batters and nearly hit for the cycle with a triple, double, single and 3 RBI. The only thing she was missing was a home run.

Classmate Brittany Hughes smacked a triple and a pair of doubles. She also had 3 RBI.

Also contributing to the victory was Amber Day with a double, single and 3RBI; Ashley Ouimette with a double, single and 2 RBI; Candice Zecchini with a base hit and 2 RBI; and Angelina Rookard with a base hit and 2 RBI

Tiller pitched both games of Thursday’s home doubleheader against Sunbright. She struck out a combined 11 batters.

Hughes belted a home run in the second game and had a base hit and 2 RBI in the first game. Tiller had a combined four base hits and 3 RBI. Day, Felisha Lamb and Shelby Baird each had a base hit and an RBI.