By GENE PHELPS
BOONEVILLE – Bailey Hankins singled twice for Booneville in Monday’s game against defending 4A state champion Corinth, but she never reached home.
Hankins was forced out at second in the third inning and was stranded on second in the fourth as the Lady Blue Devils stranded nine runners in their 4-1 loss to the visiting Lady Warriors.
“The main thing we need to do is work on not leaving runners on base,” said Hankins, a sophomore outfielder. “It’s a problem we’ve had lately.”
Booneville (0-3) scattered eight hits, but scored its lone run on a fielding error in the fifth. Laura Horn doubled to lead off the inning was the runner who crossed the plate.
Corinth (3-0), which returns five starters from last season’s state championship team, pounded out 11 hits, but needed two late runs to seal the win.
Rebekah Williams had an RBI double and Anna Kayte Webb plated a run with a single in the seventh.
“Those two players mean business,” Corinth coach Janna LaBarreare said. “They play with a lot of fire and intensity.”
Williams’ three hits
Williams, a junior outfielder, led the Lady Warriors with three hits and two RBI. Webb, a sophomore outfielder, had two singles.
“I was looking to give us a boost of confidence,” Williams said of her seventh-inning hit. “I wanted us to be able to go back out on the field and get three outs (in the bottom of the seventh).”
Corinth took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on singles by Williams and freshman shortstop Colby Cox.
Mychaela Nixon added a double for the Warriors’ other extra base hit. Maria Lauderdale had two hits to join Hankins as Booneville’s hits leaders.
“We’re not playing consistent, just well enough to win … This team is driving me crazy,” LaBarreare said, then smiled. “I’m proud of the way they came back today. They had their backs against the wall.”
Corinth defeated Booneville 6-1 in extra innings Saturday in a Classic game. The key blow was a three-run Williams homer.