Blue Devils advance to regional finals

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The Holmes County Blue Devils baseball team defeated Jay 9-6 in Tuesday’s playoff game to earn a spot in the regional finals.

Holmes County managed through a push by Jay in the second inning where the Blue Devils coughed up four runs. Jay’s K. Gilbreath and E. Melvin all moved runners across the plate with RBls in the inning. Holmes County collected nine hits, and Jay had nine in the high-scoring affair.

Landon Lumpkin earned the victory on the hill for the Blue Devils. The righty lasted five innings, allowing five hits and four runs while striking out five.

Jones threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen and recorded the last six outs to earn the save.

E McDonald took the loss for Jay. The hurler surrendered nine runs on eight hits over four and a third innings.

Holmes County totaled nine hits in the game with Braydon Young and Faircloth each collecting multiple hits.

Holmes County didn't commit a single error in the field. Young had the most chances in the field with ten.

The Blue Devils fired up the offense in the first inning, when an error scored one run for the team. They pulled away for good with three runs in the fourth inning.

In the fourth, Colby Jones singled on a 1-2 count, scoring two runs, and Hayden Revels grounded out, scoring one run.  They put up three runs in the fifth inning. Tucker Faircloth and Jake Riley powered the big inning with RBIs.

The Blue Devils will play Northview at 7 p.m. Friday in Bonifay.

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