By Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
CORINTH – On Senior Night, a trio of Corinth seniors came through for the Lady Warriors in a 8-2 win over Amory to clinch the Division 1-4A championship on Tuesday.
Corinth’s Stennett Smith, Bailee Kramer and Haley Christian combined for six hits and four RBIs as the Lady Warriors (19-6, 5-1) took control of a game that was scoreless after three innings.
“The girls were ready and focused,” Corinth coach Janna LaBarreare said. “We just weren’t finding the spots early. I knew once we got on the board though, our confidence would build, and they would take control from there.”
Amory (15-11, 2-3) got on the board first in the top of the fourth when Erin Griffith’s RBI single plated Josie Booth, who reached on a Corinth error.
Corinth would respond in the bottom half of the inning with six straight hits, including RBI singles by Kramer, Christian and Anna Kayte Webb, to put three runs on the board, and the Lady Warriors would add another three in the fifth. Smith laced an RBI triple to left field, while Kramer would add her second RBI single of the game.
The Lady Panthers loaded the bases in the sixth when Booth reached on an error and Aynslee Willis and Shelby Thornton hit back-to-back singles, but the Corinth defense turned a double play that sent home a run but ended Amory’s threat to take the lead.
“It was a good game until the fourth,” Amory coach Chris Pace said. “We had a misplaced ball in the outfield then, and they just started hitting, got the momentum and never looked back.”
Corinth, who reached the state championship series last season, honored its five seniors after the game.