By Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
SMITHVILLE – Two home runs was all Hamilton needed to take the Monroe County slowpitch tournament title with a 3-0 win over Amory on Saturday.
Alison Atkins led of the game with a solo shot, and Cheyenne Logan added a two-run homer in the third, while the Lady Lions held Amory to seven hits.
“The first couple innings of each game today, we hit the ball hard, and after that we didn’t,” Hamilton coach Lewis Earnest said. “We didn’t hit hard at all in the last game, but it was a good thing we had those two home runs and that they didn’t hit very well either.”
Amory leadoff hitter Bailey Oswalt was the only Lady Panther with multiple hits in the championship game with her two singles. The Lady Panthers left the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth after Josie Booth walked and Aynslee Willis and Savannah Nelson both singled.
Amory pulled out a 4-3 win over Smithville to advance to the championship game and eliminated last year’s tournament winners, Hatley, earlier in the day. Hamilton grabbed an early morning win over Amory and beat Smithville to stay in the winner’s bracket.
“We played some good defense today, but we never really got going consistently with the bats,” Amory coach Chris Pace said.
Hamilton hit seven home runs on the day with Mary Willis, Logan and Atkins each hitting two apiece. The Lady Lions will wrap up the Division 1-2A title with a win over either Hatley or New Site this week.
“We’ve turned things around in the last few weeks, started hitting the ball hard and a lot of home runs,” Earnest said. “But we have to get back going and hit a lot better than we did today.”