PICKERINGTON — Sometimes, all it takes is the tiniest of sparks to ignite a huge fire.
Kara Mills provided more than a tiny spark for the Danville softball team Thursday, helping the Blue Devils overcome a 4-0 deficit and roll to an 8-4 win over Millersport in the Division IV Central District Final at Pickerington Central High School.
The Devils (22-7) had been a little listless through the first four innings, not getting much going offensively and struggling as well in the field. But, trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Mills lit the match with a solo home run and ignited the Devils offense.
“I’d been trying to get them going the whole game. I guess someone’s got to start it,” Mills said. “I knew it was a good hit, but I didn’t see it until I rounded first base. I looked out and saw the girl running back. It felt great.
“We kind of got down and weren’t doing so good there for a while. I was trying to get them going, but sometimes words just don’t get it. You’ve got to take action.”
“That was awesome,” senior Hannah Matheny said of Mills’ home run. “I’m so proud of her. That was amazing. That definitely gave us a spark. Everybody was so loud and really came together. It was awesome.”