By Daily Journal Reports
Hamilton and Hatley have had Baldwyn’s number. The two Monroe County schools have ended Baldwyn’s softball seasons the past four years. In fastpitch, the Lady Bearcats had never been past round two.
Both changed Saturday as Baldwyn completed a sweep of Hamilton with a 2-1 home win. Hamilton had only one hit off Jorda Waters.
In its first North State series, Baldwyn (20-12) will now face 1-2A foe Hatley for a chance to go to the state championship. “I think they finally realized they could beat Hamilton,” Baldwyn coach Jessica Taylor said. They finally got the confidence and realized they are good enough.”
Hatley beat Baldwyn twice this season and Saturday completed a sweep of East Webster with a 5-4 road win.
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Houston pitcher Haley Gravat struck out six to help Houston to an 8-0 win and Class 4A sweep of Corinth. Corinth managed only seven hits off Gravat in the series.
“We had two really solid defensive games,” said Houston coach Keith Jernigan. “Haley did a good job working through all their batters and we hit pretty well. They’re playing with all their heart and doing everything we could ask for.”
Houston will face Pontotoc for a berth in the state championship series. The Lady Toppers (30-1) scored four runs in a decisive fourth inning, three on a bases-loaded triple from Chelsea Gates.
In Class 1A, Vardaman continued its run with a 12-2 win to sweep Greenville St. Joe. Pitcher Grace Edmonson improved to 14-8 for the Lady Rams, who will face the Smithville-Pine Grove series winner in the North State series. In Class 5A, New Hope completed a sweep of Saltillo with a 4-1 win.