By Blake Long | Special to the Journal
JACKSON – Beginning Game 1 of the MHSAA Class 2A championship series by leaving the bases loaded is something Hatley coach Chris George did not want to see.
Following that up in the bottom half with a fielding error and a misplayed fly ball wasn’t a good sign for the first year coach, either.
Enterprise-Clarke would follow those miscues by scoring four runs in the first, well on their way to a sweep of Hatley with 12-2 final scores in both games at Jackson’s V.A. Fields.
It’s the first slow-pitch softball title in school history for Enterprise. The Lady Bulldogs (30-3) also won the Class 2A fast-pitch championship this past spring.
“That first inning went pretty bad,” George said. “You know nerves. Some of the throws were high. But we were still in the game.”
Hatley would respond to Enterprise’s four-run first in the second and cut the lead in half on a run scoring single by Kelsey Wilson, who would then score three batters later on an error.
From that point, though, the Lady Bulldogs would score the final 10 runs of the contest, finishing the game early with a five-run fifth capped by Hayleigh Harper’s walk-off single.
Morgan Porter made sure the Lady Bulldogs would not have a letdown in game two, beginning the contest with an inside-the-park home run to right-centerfield, the first of two for the senior.
Porter’s second homer in the seventh, a two run hit nearly identical to the first, put an exclamation point on a 24 hit game for Enterprise. The Lady Bulldogs totaled 39 hits in the doubleheader.
“You hear the saying hitting is contagious and it is, especially in girls softball,” Enterprise coach Josh Perkins said. “We really relaxed and swung well in the second game.”
The Lady Tigers, who were held to seven hits in game two, would tie things up 1-1 after the first when Lesley Hudson tripled and scored on Taylor Richey’s RBI single.
Hatley (24-10) would score their final run of the series in the fifth when Katelyn Duling scored on Courtney Roberts’ fielder’s choice.