By DAVID GRAVELY
SWT Sports Editor
The first goal of most teams is to win as many games as possible during the regular season. Their second goal is normally to win a championship in the post season. This season the Dublin Dirt Devils did both, as they brought home the Southwest Virginia Fast Pitch Softball tournament championship on Tuesday.
After ending the season with a very respectable 9-1-1 record, head coach Jeff Linkous led his 11-13 year old squad through the tournament to earn a shot at the title against Wytheville.
The scrappy Maroons took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Dirt Devils came roaring back with a seven run performance in their half of the first. The big hit of the inning came when Laikin Smith sent the ball into the outfield for what looked to be a triple. The speedy catcher took the signal from her coach and continued towards home, sliding in under the tag for a home run.
Leading 7-1, Dublin continued to pressure the Wytheville team by adding runs, and in the end that pressure proved to be too much. The Dirt Devils ended the game by catching a routine pop-fly to the third base player, finishing out an 11-3 victory.
The Dirt Devils are (front row, left to right) Destinee Landreth, Shaylen Jackson, Alicia French, Lani Hagee, and Jordyn Linkous. Second row: Coach Donnie Tawney, Carlee King, Laikin Smith, Jennah Truman, Alyssa Dean, Madison Thompson, and Coach Jeff Linkous. Not pictured is Alexa Nicely.