The Evangel Lady Eagles celebrated the pregnancy of coach Amanda Busby Juneau by winning the first District 1-5A title in school history on Thursday night.
Evangel did it by holding on to a 3-2 victory at Byrd behind the one-two pitching punch of Emily Deramus and Tally Turnbow.
“We didn’t play well early in the season and we had some hard losses,” Busby Juneau said. “But that challenged us. After that first loss to Byrd, I believe that was a turnaround game for us. We started holding a seventh-inning prayer and we just give all the glory to God.”
The Lady Jackets had their chances late but couldn’t come up with the timely hit. Six runners were left stranded in the last four innings. Hannah Lee was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Kelsey Terry was 2-for-2 with a double and Lillie Daniel added a double for Byrd.
The Lady Eagles (19-9) scored single runs in each of the first three innings with Tally Turnbow going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Taylor Mayo chipped in with a double.
“I took some risks as a coach tonight including calling a fake bunt with a steal of third base by Blakley Cangemi,” Busby Juneau said. “They overthrew the ball and we were able to score on that.”