By Brandon Speck
RIDGELAND – A lot happened in Hamilton’s 15-9 win on Friday, in the opening game of the Class 1A state softball championships.
Too much to remember, unless you were Hamilton. The Lady Lions’ celebration for winning: film study at the hotel.
“I don’t know how much I’ve got, but we’re going to watch it,” Hamilton coach Bryan Loague said.
What they’ll see is a pair of lost three-run leads and six errors. But also a seventh inning that saw Taylor Brock reach on one of four Bogue Chitto errors. It scored a hesitating Cheyenne Logan to break a 9-all tie. Then Raimi Bryan reached on an error that scored a run off hard-throwing Christian Black and Addie Thompson had the last of her three hits, a two-run single that made it 14-9. Alison Atkins tacked on an RBI single.
Thompson (9-1) was a surprise pitching selection for the Lady Lions, regular starter Cheyenne Logan in center. Logan had a pair of singles, an RBI and three walks.
Bogue Chitto (27-8) rotated pitchers Black and starter Alana Nettles (15-3), who had thrown seven innings the night before in a delayed South State final.
“She pitched a heck of a game. She got a little tired at the end,” Bogue Chitto coach Scott Leggett said. “Hamilton’s got some sticks.”
Hamilton (23-9) took a 9-6 lead in the sixth as Kaley Loague reached on an error, and two walked in.
The Lady Lions will be looking for their first state championship today at 10 a.m.
“We didn’t play that good, but we came through as a team,” Thompson said. “I knew we would.”
Class 2A – East Webster 3, Taylorsville 2: Trailing 3-2 in the seventh, nine-hitter and eighth grader Jessica Davis singled in the winning run with two outs.
“They’ve done it all year,” East Webster coach Lee Berryhill said. “Five out of seven innings we have people in scoring position. It’s got to find a hole at some point.”