HAMILTON – Smithville won its seventh straight Division 4-1A fastpitch softball championship Thursday … with a little help from Hamilton.
The Lady Seminoles recorded just five hits against Lady Lions pitcher Cheyenne Logan, but took advantage of six Hamilton errors to capture an 8-5 victory.
“(Logan) pitched well,” Smithville coach Jeremy Duke said. “Both sides made some mistakes, but luckily we capitalized on some.
“That (win) was huge. When we play it’s like State and Ole Miss … two good teams going at it.”
The Lady Seminoles (16-4 overall, 4-0 division) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Breanna Edgeworth, a wild pitch and an error.
Smithville made it 7-2 with a three-run fourth. Two errors, another wild pitch, and RBI singles by Lane Kennedy and Angel Guyton produced the runs.
Hamilton coach Bryan Loague watched his Lady Lions (9-5, 2-2) not only commit the errors, but struggle putting hits together. They produced 10 hits off Smithville starter Morgan Barrett but left 14 runners on base.
“We’ve played better,” he said. “When we led off an inning with a walk or an error they scored.”
It was even more frustrating for his pitcher, Logan, who recorded nine strikeouts and walked three.
“I just try to stay focused and pitch my game,” the Hinds Community College signee said. “I have faith in my team. If I get frustrated, it makes it worse on them. We can all hit, it’s just mental.
“It was frustrating because this is a big rivalry. We’re going to be all right.”
Hamilton scored two runs in the second inning off a double by Taylor Hyland. She led the Lady Lions with three hits.
In the sixth, Hamilton chopped Smithville’s 8-2 lead to 8-5, but left the bases loaded. The Lions scored on a passed ball, a sacrifice fly by Addie Thompson and a single by Hailee Jones.