Smithville loses 1A title series for third straight year

RIDGELAND – Smithville coach Jeremy Duke said after Friday’s 10-0 win in Game 1 of the Class 1A championship series that there was still plenty of work to do.
Smithville didn’t get it all done, losing Games 2 and 3 on Saturday, 1-0 and 6-2 against Bogue Chitto to lose its third straight state championship series.
In Game 2, Kerri McGehee scored the game’s only run in the third inning when Mattie Avant’s bunt skipped past Smithville third baseman Caitlyn Capps.
In Game 3, Smithville junior pitcher Kami Roberts provided an early comeback shot in the bottom of the first inning.
Trailing 1-0, her two-run blast to center put the Lady Seminoles (27-8) ahead 2-1.
Bogue Chitto (22-9) tied things at 2, then went ahead 3-2 on Josie Porter’s RBI double for a 3-2 lead in the third.
Bogue Chitto’s big hit came in the seventh, a three-run double from Adrienne Wallace.
“We didn’t hit when we should have. We didn’t make some plays when we needed to,” Smithville coach Jeremy Duke said. “The game could have been blown wide open with the errors we made. We just played a great team.”
Smithville had its opportunities. In the fourth, Kyla Ford walked, but after a bunt single from Mallory Cooley and a sacrifice bunt from Capps, Rheagan Welch (11-4) got Whitney Fears to ground out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Courtney Phillips led off the inning with a walk but was stranded at third base.
After a Friday shutout, Bogue Chitto managed only four runs until the seventh inning of Game 3 off of Game 2 starter Roberts and Game 3 starter Meagan Whitehead, but Smithville’s only two runs came on Roberts’ home run.
Game 1 ended with a taste of controversy. With Marissa Pitts at first base and two outs in the seventh, Cooley’s flyball looked to have been tipped in fair territory and land foul. Pitts raced home but was sent back to first when the ball was called foul.
“I felt like the umpires kind of took us out of the game,” Duke said. “We had two plays at second base I thought were safe, then an interference call…but you can’t blame it on them.”
Welch got both wins. Roberts (17-5) and Whitehead (10-3) took the two hard-luck losses.

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