By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal
HAMILTON – Visiting Shelby Broad Street committed 16 errors and managed only one hit Tuesday in a first-round sweep at the hands of Hamilton.
After 21-0 and 16-0 shutouts, Hamilton advances to face East Union on the road Saturday in the second round of the MHSAA Class 2A playoffs.
“Over the years all the seniors talk about how bad they want to win it all,” senior Emily Earnest said. “Now that I’m a senior, I realize how important it is.”
The Lady Lions (20-7) scored 17 runs in the bottom of the first inning of Game 1 to take control. Earnest and Taylor Hyland had back-to-back doubles, with Hyland’s scoring two for a 2-0 lead.
Hamilton scored four more runs on walks and errors in the inning and got RBIs from Mary Willis, Lexus Jordan, Cheyenne Logan, Addie Thompson and winning pitcher Ali Atkins (20-7).
Three bases-loaded walks scored three more. Broad Street’s five errors sent seven runs to the plate in the inning. Hyland had a pair of doubles and a single in the win as RBI singles from Logan and Jordyn Jackson sandwiched a pair of run-scoring errors in the second.
In Game 2, Hyland singled in a pair of runs in the bottom of the second for a 7-0 lead. Nine errors for the Lady Jaguars (1-9) plated nine runs.
“All year we’ve been smothered with errors,” said Broad Street coach Loria Harris. “A lot of them never played before. We suffered errors most all year.”
The hits keep coming
Hamilton finished the series with 28 hits, three from Logan in Game 3, three from Atkins in the opener.
Macy Cooper had the visitor’s lone hit with one out remaining. Rashena Boss (1-9) took both losses.
Hailee Jones had an RBI single in the top of the fourth and Lacey Holley and Myiah Dobbs both singled and came home on errors for the game’s final three runs.
“At the beginning I wasn’t sure how far we would get,” Earnest said, “but I’ve seen what potential our team does have.”