Late errors turn table in quick Monroe softball rematch

By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal

HAMILTON – Errors doomed Hamilton in a one-run loss at Hatley on Monday night but helped at home on Tuesday.
The Lady Lions fought back from a 4-2 deficit with four runs in the sixth inning in a 6-4 Division 1-2A win against their Monroe County rivals.
“We made three errors in the last inning and gave them a chance to win (Monday, in a 10-9 loss),” Hamilton coach Lewis Earnest said. “Tonight they made a couple and gave us a chance.”
The two are tied with one division loss each, but Hamilton has two games remaining.
With wins against Okolona and New Site, the Lady Lions (16-7, 5-1) would be the division winners, owning the runs-tiebreaker over Hatley.
Trailing 4-2 in the sixth, Addie Thompson singled to open the inning before consecutive errors scored her and courtesy runner Myiah Dobbs for a 4-all tie.
With one out, Earnest used freshman Hallie Dobbs, a junior varsity regular, as a pinch-hitter.
The lefty blooped a single into right field as Christy Willis scored from third for a 5-4 lead.
“She’s been hitting it good in JV and she’s going to hit it to right,” Earnest said. “She got it done. I’m proud of her.”
Dobbs scored the potential division tie-breaking run after pitcher Alison Atkins (16-7) singled and Emily Earnest drive her home with a sac fly.
Lauren Sloan put Hatley (17-6, 7-1) ahead 2-0 with a two-run home run in the first. Hatley took a 4-2 lead in the sixth on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice from Mary Reeves and after pitcher Abby Cantrell (17-6) reached on an error to score Kelsey Wilson.
Hamilton got on the board on a dropped flyball in the third and tied it on Lexus Jordan’s sac fly in the fifth.
“All the errors we made were on routine hit balls. You’ve got to make all the routine plays,” said Hatley coach Chris George. “We simply didn’t do it and don’t deserve to win.”
Hatley had four of the game’s six errors.