Over the past couple of years it has been my privilege to do the play by play along side with Dr. Eric Wright for the Huntington Devilettes softball playoff runs.  It's been a great opportunity for some exciting action (including a state title a few years ago), plus I've been able to meet and become friends with some great young ladies, coaches, and fans.

This year proves to be no exception.  Friday night, in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs, Huntington scored 11 total runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings to run-rule the Bulldogs of Tyler Chapel Hill.

In that game, Morgan Brown had 3 hits including a two-run blast over the left-center field fence, plus Kelsie Batten pitched four innings of no-hit ball while fanning 7, Erica Wright completed the no-hitter by setting down the side in order in the top of the fifth while striking out two.

Chapel Hill has a senior pitcher who will be playing college ball next year at Marshall University in West Virginia, however, the Bulldogs opted to start a freshman pitcher who features more change-ups and an overall slower ball.  The Devilettes, who are definitely a great fast ball hitting club, didn't take too long to adjust to the slower pitches scoring 11 runs after a scoreless first.

The Bulldogs finally did bring in their ace hurler, however, the Devilettes also put across several runs on her.

Huntington will now take on a familiar playoff foe in the Rockets of Waco Robinson.  The next match up will be a best of 3 series, featuring a 7pm game on Thursday and Friday nights in Madisonville, with a third game, if necessary,  at 10am Saturday.