By Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
ABERDEEN – Hatley’s quick start and Lesley Hudson’s six strikeouts were too much for Amory to overcome as the Lady Tigers took the Monroe County Fastpitch Softball Tourmanent championship.
Hudson, who beat Amory twice on Saturday, allowed five hits and walked none in Hatley’s 11-0 win.
Hatley coach Chris George called the senior a ‘stud’ and said she’s been able to keep them in games all season.
“She keeps us on our toes and throws a lot of first pitch strikes,” George said. “The defense always goes out there and plays well behind her.”
The Lady Tigers opened up the scoring with a seven-run second inning. Mary Reeves’ sacrifice fly with the bases loaded drove in Kelsey Wilson, who had reached on an Amory error. Taylor Richey followed her with a two-RBI single, knocking in Hudson and Katy Duling.
Jamelle Vance added an RBI single of her own later in the inning, driving in Richey and Courtney Roberts. She came home on Deanna Wright’s single. Wright rounded out the scoring in the second, coming home on Amory’s second error of the inning.
The Lady Tigers added two more runs in the third with another two-RBI single from Richey. An error and a wild pitch both led to runs for Hatley in the top of the fourth.
Sophomore Josie Booth took the loss for the Lady Panthers in her third start of the tournament.
“She wore out early in the game,” Amory coach Amir Hunt said. “They really got some hits off her early in the game. There’s not much you can do with a team hitting the ball like they are. You just have to tip your hat to them.”
Wilson, Wright and Richey all had two hits for the Lady Tigers, who also beat Hamilton on Friday night to stay in the winner’s bracket of the tournament.