Lady Tigers finish 3-3 during busy week.

The St. James High School softball team capped a busy week last week by placing second in the Cuba Tournament on Saturday.

For the week St. James finished with a 3-3 record to move its overall mark to 8-6.

Saturday, Sept. 14
Dixon 2, St. James 1: In Saturday's first game the Lady Tigers suffered its lone tourney defeat, being clipped by Dixon. Dixon took the lead with one run in the bottom of the first inning. St. James tied things with a run in the third. Dixon won with a run in the bottom of the sixth.

St. James outhit Dixon 5-4. Sophomore Abbi Ray was the hard-luck loser, working five innings in the pitching circle and allowing four hits and four walks.

Senior Amie Diestelkamp doubled and freshman Devin Fuhring had a hit and scored the run for St. James.

St. James 18: Bourbon 3: It was all St. James in the second game, as the Lady Tigers exploded for 14 runs in the bottom of the third inning. St. James also got four runs in the first and outhit Bourbon 8-2 and took advantage of four Bourbon errors.

Junior Alexis Uffmann was 3-for-4 with three triples, three runs and an RBI while junior Skyla Risner had a three-run double and freshman Mackenzie Ketcherside and Fuhring each scored three runs.

Ray was the winning pitcher, allowing two hits and a walk while fanning five.
St. James 14, Cuba 4: The Lady Tigers ended tourney play by whipping the host Wildcats. St. James got five runs in the first inning, three in the second, five in the fourth and one in the fifth. Cuba got two runs in each of the fourth and fifth frames.

The Lady Tigers outhit Cuba 11-5.

Senior Courtney Crider was 2-for-2 with a double, three runs and RBI for the Lady Tigers while Ray was 2-for-2 with two RBI; junior Lindsay Seams was 2-for-3 with two runs; Fuhring was 2-for-3 with two RBI, and junior Sarah Rankin scored twice. Ray was the winning pitcher, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out six.

Sept. 12
Union 15, St. James 3: In Four Rivers conference play at Nelson Hart Park the Union Wildcats tallied two runs in each of the first, third, fourth and fifth innings; four in the sixth, and three more in the seventh. Union outhit St. James 18-5 and the Lady Tigers committed five errors.

Fuhring had a three-run triple for the Lady Tigers. Ray was the losing pitcher, working five innings before being relieved by senior Kara White.

Sept. 10
Sullivan 11, St. James 0: In another conference game the Lady Tigers were shut out by the rugged Lady Eagles. Ray was the losing pitcher.

Sept. 9
St. James 15, Salem 8: At Nelson Hart Park, Salem held an 8-7 lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning. However, St. James erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull away.

Uffmann and junior Ashlee Marlatt were both 3-for-5 with three runs and an RBI for St. James while Seams was 3-for-4 with a run scored; Fuhring was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, and Ray doubled and singled.

Ray was the winning pitcher, alowing 10 hits, and three walks while fanning seven.

St. James outhit Salem 12-10.

"In the Dixon game we had opportunities, but we left runners stranded at third base three times," said St. James head coach Brad Purvis. "Overall it was a very well-played game by both teams. On the day as a whole our defense played much better.

"In our two conference games we had some defensive struggles, and you can't allow teams like that extra outs."

On Saturday the Lady Tigers host the St. James Invitational at Nelson Hart Park. St. James, Bourbon, Eldon and Newburg are to compete in the event.

Here is Saturday's schedule:
St. James vs. Bourbon, 8 am
Newburg vs. Eldon, 9:45 a.m.
Newburg vs. Bourbon, 11:30 a.m.
St. James vs. Eldon, 1:15 p.m.
St. James vs. Newburg, 3 p.m.
Bourbon vs. Eldon, 4:45 p.m.