By BRANDON JUDEH
Columbiana High’s Dakota DeAmicis has aquired several injuries over the past year.
A broken wrist this past winter and a pulled muscle in her leg, which she is still battling through, are just some of what she has endured, but it has not hindered her performance.
Monday was no different, as she took a line shot off of her leg during the Clippers’ 6-1 softball victory over Crestview in an Inter Tri County League battle.
While standing on third base in the fourth inning she took a line shot off her leg, as the crowd gasped, DeAmicis got up, walked it off and smiled to signify she was all right.
Clippers (9-3) coach Jerry Beltempo said it was no surprise DeAmicis stayed in the game, because she has proven to be a tough kid.
“She has been battling through some injuries, but she’s tough and she will get through it and in the end that will only make us a better team,” said Beltempo.
DeAmicis pitched a brilliant game, scattering three hits and allowing one run over seven innings that featured her striking out eight and retiring the final 12 batters.
“My defense backed me up nicely out there, I know I can trust them to take care of things,” DeAmicis said.
Columbiana started the game with three consecutive walks before Katie Libb’s two-run single.
Lauren Schlueter and Megan Cutlip added RBIs to push the lead to 4-0 and the Clippers never looked back.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for DeAmicis, as 50 mph wind gusts whipped dirt and dust into her eyes throughout the game.
“It was a little tough because my pitches weren’t always going the right way because of how hard the wind was blowing and a few times I got a face full of dirt,” DeAmicis said.
“My screwball was going inward instead of outward, it messed up everything, but in the end it worked out.”
DeAmicis also had a nice game at the plate, reaching base three times and scoring a run.
The Rebels (6-8) scored their lone run in the top of the third inning when Anna Hardenbrook knocked in Adrianne Huston on an RBI triple, which was the only extra base hit for either team.