Some days, it just all seems to come together.
In the case of the Kennett High School baseball team, however, those days have been few and far between.
That was certainly the case last year as the Blue Demons went just 1-18 overall, and it somewhat continued early this spring as Kennett started their 2006 season by dropping its first three games.
Even though Kennett had showed some promise in opening against tough competition early -- its losses to Oxford, Garnet Valley and Great Valley were all by four runs or less -- the Blue Demons were still a club very much in need of a confidence-boosting victory.
After dropping 18 straight, they got one on Monday afternoon.
In a Southern Chester County League National Division match-up against Devon Prep, Kennett finally clicked on all cylinders and in the process they rolled to an impressive 5-2 win over the host Tide.
The victory was Kennett's first since April 6, 2005, when they defeated Octorara by a score of 10-9.
"Right now I would say we feel pretty good," said Kennett head coach Dustin Mott. "We played well the first four games. This is just the first time we've been able to break through. It's great to get a win. We put it all together today for the first time in a while.
"I'm proud of these guys. They've worked hard so far, and it's nice to see them get rewarded for it. I just hope this continues."
If Kennett keeps playing as it did on Monday afternoon, it will continue.
The Blue Demons put forth a great all-around effort to easily dispatch of Devon Prep.
Sophomore pitcher Bobby Buttafogo tossed a complete game. The southpaw went at hitters all day and the Blue Demons defense made play-after-play to back him up in the field. After giving up a run in the first inning, Buttafogo cruised the rest of the way. For the game, he allowed just two runs on five hits while striking out five.
"I felt really good out there. I was hitting my locations and just having fun," said Buttafogo, who earned his first varsity win after pitching for the JV team last year. "The defense played solid behind me and when that happens everything seems to flow. Because they were making all the plays, I was just focused on attacking them throughout the game."
Kennett (1-3) attacked offensively as well.
The Blue Demons hung a four-spot on the board in the third inning. That staked them to a 4-1 lead, and they never looked back. Kennett's No. 1 through No. 8 batters in the lineup all produced at least one hit on the day as the Demons finished with 10 overall, including two triples and two doubles.
Senior third baseman Mike Hughes led the way out of the clean-up hole by going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Junior centerfielder Andrew Motter added a pair of singles. And the Blue Demons got run-scoring hits from shortstop Mike Kelly, catcher Tim McGarry and Buttafogo.
"We played well as a team in all facets, and when you do that, you win games," said Kennett senior captain and leftfielder Ken Ruf. "This is like a monkey off our backs. We're looking for a lot more than just one win, though. With the team we have, we are going to compete."
Kennett realizes that if it can keep stringing some wins together, they are going to be in the running for an National Division title all season, which would earn them a berth into the SCCL championship game.
After Monday's win, the Blue Demons were just one game behind division leading Garnet Valley (2-3).
In the SCCL's American Division, Unionville (4-0) and Avon Grove (3-0) are currently battling it out for the top spot.
"With the players that we have right now there's no doubt [we can compete for the division crown]," said Mott. "You never know what's going to happen. Our division is up for grabs.
"Today was the epitome of a team day for us on offense. One through nine we really hit the ball with purpose. And that's a good sign, because that's going to determine how well we play the rest of the way."