RIDGELAND – Enterprise got on the board on a two-out error in the top of the first that allowed two runs to score, but the Hatley Lady Tigers battled back to score a run in the bottom half of the first and second innings.
It wasn’t enough as Hatley fell in Game 2 of the Class 2A fast-pitch championship series 9-2.
The error “was frustrating because we’ve struggled throughout the playoffs hitting, but our girls came back and hit the ball today,” Hatley coach Chris George said. “I can’t complain about that. We just didn’t have any breaks to go our way today.”
Kelsey Wilson doubled to lead off the bottom of the first and scored on a groundout by Deanna Wright to make it a 2-1 contest. Lesley Hudson roped a double to the fence in the second and her courtesy runner Lachelle Vance scored on a single by Amber Fulton.
Enterprise picked up a pair of runs in the top of the third when Haley Smith singled and scored on a triple by Randa Mathis, who scored on a single by Stacia Whitaker to push the Lady Bulldogs to 4-2.
Hatley (22-11) put two runners in scoring position in the bottom of third and another in the fourth inning with one out, but failed to plate any runs to cut into the two-run lead.
The Lady Bulldogs exploded for five runs in the sixth highlighted by a two-run triple by Smith, who scored on a throwing error and a solo home run by Mathis to help lead Enterprise (29-4) to the sweep.
George said the season was a special one he will be able to look back on tomorrow.
“Today I’m disappointed,” said George after the school’s first trip to the finals. “Tomorrow I’ll wake up happy.”
Fulton finished 2-for-2 with a pair is singles. Wilson and Hudson each had a double while Jamelle Vance, Deanna Wright, and Mallory Ashcraft each had singles for Hatley.
Hudson (18-7) gave up six earned runs on 10 hits, two walks, one hit batter, and four errors.
Smith went 3-for-4 with a pair of singles and a triple with a pair of RBI and two runs scored for Enterprise.
Hayleigh Harper (21-3) went the distance for Lady Bulldogs giving up two earned runs on seven hits, one walk, and three strike outs.
Adam Gore/Special to the Journal