Willis leads Panthers’ hit parade

By Melissa Meador
Monroe Journal

AMORY – County rivals Amory and Hamilton may have combined for 17 hits on Thursday night, but just one of those runners crossed the plate in a 1-0 Amory win.

Gabby Hall’s RBI single in the second inning brought home the only run of the game as the two teams combined to leave 19 on base.

“Defensively, both teams played well. We had some timely hits, but having runners on first and third, you’ve got to score. There’s no excuse,” said Amory coach Chris Pace. “We’re still trying to find what we want to go with to give us the right opportunities.”

Amory’s best chance to add to its lead came in the fourth when Aynslee Willis led off the inning with a double and Erin Griffith followed her up with a single to right before Hamilton worked out of the jam with a pair of fly balls and a lineout to second base.

Hamilton left the bases loaded in the third with a walk to Camryn Savage and two-out singles from Alison Atkins and Taylor Hyland before Cheyenne Logan grounded out to end the inning.
‘got to hit’

“Defensively, we’re okay, but we’ve got to hit. Slow-pitch softball, it’s a hitter’s game. There’s nothing comforting about not scoring in slow-pitch softball,” Hamilton coach Bryan Loague said. “We had 8 hits, and only four people hit.”

Willis paced Amory with three hits, including a double, while Griffith added a pair of singles.

For Hamilton, Hyland went 3 for 3 while Atkins and Jordyn Jackson each added a pair of hits.

The two teams are likely to meet up again at Amory in Saturday’s Monroe County Tournament. Amory and Hamilton met in last year’s championship game with the Lady Lions winning the tournament on their way to a Class 2A state title.

“They’re a good team. I told our girls that they’re going to come back this weekend and take it out on somebody,” Pace said. “We’ve got a big weekend at home, and we don’t like to lose here.”

melissa.meador@journalinc.com