MONROE TWP.-- As Emily Komis hit a ball deep to center in the top of the third, she thought it was a casual flyout.
Seconds later, the Hammonton catcher was greeted by exuberant teammates at home plate.
“I thought they were going to catch it,” Komis said. “My coach was yelling at me to run. It was nice. It hasn’t been like that in a long time.”
Komis’ home run was one of many offensive highlights in Hammonton’s 16-6 Tri-County Royal win over Williamstown on Wednesday.
The senior’s round tripper was her first in two years, and one of four extra-base hits recorded by the Blue Devils.
Mikaila Rodriguez set the tone for a seven-run third with a double, Kenzie Edwards doubled in a run later in the inning and Remy Smith’s two-bagger brought in a pair to cap off the best offensive inning of the game.
“(The hitting) really is contagious,” Rodriguez said. “Once we see one girl do it, we all just push off that.
“It’s definitely important because once girls see you do what you have to do they push off that energy and keep it going through the inning, I feel that’s what’s kept us up.”
The Blue Devils, who are 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Tri-County Royal with wins over Clearview and Williamstown, are benefiting from a new sense of togetherness in all aspects of the game.
“I think it’s a lot better than it’s ever been because we’re such a tight group and working together and everyone is keeping each other up,” Komis said.
“It definitely feels good because we work together a lot more than we did in the past,” Rodriguez said. “We definitely had some people who brought us down in the past. This year we’ve put everything behind us and we just do whatever we have to do to win.”
The ability to rally around each other showed in the second inning, as the Blue Devils gave up four runs and turned to Edwards in relief.
Instead of getting down, the Blue Devils responded with a seven-run rally, a characteristic indicative of how tough a team they’re going to be.
“You have to trust everyone on your team,” Komis said. “When I’m back there, I have to trust everyone that they’re going to do their job and we do. That’s why we’re such a good group. We trust that everyone is going to do what they have to do to win.”