It's been a long season so far for the Deerfield-Windsor softball program, which came into Thursday night's game against Calvary Christian winless at 0-10.
But the Lady Knights' dismal days on the diamond may be a thing of the past.
Led by Lauren Fulford on the mound, and Amber Young, Sabrina Curry and Bailey Cook at the plate, DWS picked up its first win of its 2010 campaign by beating Calvary, 13-3.
Fulford, the team's starting pitcher all season in each of the Lady Knights' losses, struck out two, while Young -- the younger sister of former DWS and current Clemson basketball star, Andre Young -- went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
DWS coach Meredith Gruhl marveled at how well Amber Young has played this season, considering it was her first playing the sport.
"She's like a gazelle out there," Gruhl said with a laugh. "She can bunt and run, and you know she's going to bunt and run -- but you just can't get her out. She's played great."
Cook, meanwhile, was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Curry had three hits: two singles and triple, while also scoring four runs.
"We played small ball -- we got 'em on and got 'em over (the plate)," Gruhl said. "We were really happy to finally get that first win."
But Gruhl said there was no rushing the mound of cheering like they'd just won the state title over one lil' ol' win.
"I told the girls, who were of course excited, that we don't need to go out there screaming like maniacs or anything," she said. "We just acted like we'd been there and done it before."
The other significance of the win is this: Calvary and DWS were tied for fourth place in the region standings before Thursday and now force a tiebreak game to decide which team makes the playoffs and which doesn't Sept. 27 at Calvary.
RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 10, WESTWOOD 2:
The Lady Patriots all but locked up the Region 2-A title Thursday as Madison Ragan struck out 11 and allowed just four hits.
The Lady Patriots are now 4-0 in region play and 6-3 overall, and they've beaten all their remaining region opponents once already this season.
Lindsey Whatley went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Brittany Holbrook was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.
Westwood was led by Hannah Hinsley (2B, RBI) and Morgan Singleton (2-for-4, RBI.