Softball: Lady Lions win Monroe tourney

hamiltonwinstitleBy Melissa Meador
Monroe Journal

AMORY – Hamilton’s bats cranked up in the Monroe County slow-pitch tournament, pounding out 15 hits and holding off a seventh-inning Amory rally for a 10-9 win.

Amory (6-2) put up six runs in the seventh inning but Hamilton made its early lead hold up.

“It’s been a long day. We were tired and lost some focus there at the end,” Hamilton coach Bryan Loague said. “We hit the ball well today, but we have to keep getting those base hits and not live off the home run.”

Hamilton jumped out to an 8-0 lead after five innings with the big knock coming on a three-run homer from Taylor Hyland in the fourth inning.

Jordyn Jackson’s RBI single and Addie Thompson’s run-scoring triple put the Lady Lions on the board originally in the third, and a pair of insurance runs for Hamilton in the top of the seventh, including an RBI single from Hope Manasco were the difference maker.

Amory got on the board with three runs in the sixth. Bailey Oswalt’s sacrifice fly brought in the first run for the Lady Panthers, while Aynslee Willis hit a two-run double.

In the six-run seventh, Oswalt brought home another two runs on her double, while Bailey Boyd’s single scored a pair before she came home on a three-base error in the Hamilton outfield.

“We were one hit away from tying it up and going into extra innings, but we had too many errors,” Amory coach Chris Pace said. “But to come out fighting in the seventh, that’s something to build off.”

Hamilton 6, Amory 5: The Lady Lions, who advanced out of the loser’s bracket with a 6-0 shutout of Smithville, came from behind with a four-run seventh inning. Hallie Dobbs knocked in a run with an RBI single before the tying and winning runs came home when Hailee Jones and Cheyenne Logan each reached on errors.

Amory reached the championship game with a 2-0 start on the day, grabbing a 1-0 wins over both Hatley and Smithville.

melissa.meador@journalinc.com