Lions capture second straight title

Chris Todd | Special to the Journal Taylor Hyland celebrates scoring a run for Hamilton.

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Taylor Hyland celebrates scoring a run for Hamilton.

By Adam Gore

Special to the Journal

RIDGELAND – Camryn Savage wasn’t in Hamilton’s lineup two weeks ago.

Saturday, the junior outfielder was a key in the Lady Lions’ sweep of Stringer in the MHSAA Class 1A championship series.

In wins of 9-3 and 10-0 (in five innings) Savage went 7–for-7. It’s the second straight slow-pitch state title for Hamilton, winners in 2A last season.

“I came into the game really nervous, but my teammates and coaches supported me, told me to relax and hit the ball,” Savage said.

In Game 1, Savage had four singles with an RBI before driving in a two runs on a double and a pair of singles in Game 2.

“Camryn struggled the past few weeks, but to have her come out today and go 7-for-7 is just unbelievable,” said coach Bryan Loague… “All the girls put it together at the right time.”

The Lady Lions plated five runs in the first inning of Game 1. Alison Atkins had a leadoff double, Raimi Bryan a two-run triple.

Hamilton pushed across a run in the top of the second and third innings before adding two more on a two-run double by Addie Thompson.

Stringer (20-15) picked up runs in the first, third, and seventh innings as Teshia Jones and Kaitlyn McCurty each had a single and double.

Game 2

In Game 2, Hamilton scored a pair of runs on Thompson’s double in the first before rolling up four runs on an RBI double by Haliee Jones, Hallie Dobbs’ two-run triple and an RBI single from Taylor Hyland.

Hamilton tacked on three more in the third. Thompson singled and scored on a single by Savage. Jones had an RBI single. Dobbs’ single ended the series.

“This is the most amazing feeling ever,” Savage said. “We really just wanted to win this for the seniors because it is their last year.”