Lady Tigers finish fourth in New Haven Tourney.
Battling the heat as much as the opponents, the St. James High School softball team split four games to open the season over the weekend.
The Lady Tigers opened the campaign by clipping Rolla 3-2 in a non-league game Friday at Nelson Hart Park, with the starting time backed up due to the heat index.
And on a sizzling Saturday St. James placed fourth in the New Haven Tournament.
In the tournament the Lady Tigers opened by beating Hermann 6-1 before falling to Montgomery County 16-1 and losing to Belle 6-3.
During the Montgomery County game St. James starting pitcher Abby Ray left the game due to shoulder discomfort and didn’t return. Lady Tiger head coach Brad Purvis is hopeful the injury is not serious and Ray will be able to return to the pitching circle soon. He added that his squad handled the heat well throughout the day Saturday.
“I was pleased with the 2-2 (record),” Purvis said. “We would liked to have done better in the tournament after coming off the big game against Rolla Friday night. But overall I was pleased and we’re excited about our potential.
“Montgomery County is pretty solid. They can hit one through nine in their lineup and have good, solid pitching.”
St. James 3, Rolla 2
Ray threw a three-hitter at the Rolla Lady Bulldogs, allowing two walks and fanning six.
Each team scored a run in the second inning. St. James took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth and Rolla tied it up in the top of the seventh. St. James got the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh.
Sophomore Mackenzie Ketcherside was 2-for-3 with two RBI for the winners while senior Alexis Uffmann had a double and single and senior Ashlee Marlatt had a hit and RBI.
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St. James 6, Hermann 1
Ray scattered seven hits, allowing just one run while walking one and striking out 10 Hermann batters.
St. James tallied two runs in the first inning and three more in the third. Each team tallied a run in the fifth.
The Lady Tigers pounded out 12 hits, as Ray was 3-for-3 with three RBI; sophomore Devin Fuhring was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI; Marlatt was 2-for-4 with two runs, and senior Lindsay Seams was 2-for-3 with a run.
Montgomery Co. 16, St. James 1
It was all the Montgomery County Lady Wildcats, as the game was stopped after three innings due to the run rule.
Ray was the losing pitcher before exiting. Ketcherside finished up pitching for the Lady Tigers.
Fuhring and Uffmann had the only two hits for St. James, with Fuhring driving in Uffmann with the lone Lady Tiger run in the first inning.
Belle 6, St. James 3
Uffmann was forced to pitch with the absence of Ray and was tagged with the loss. Belle took advantage of four St. James errors, scoring two runs each in the second, third and fourth innings. St. James tallied single runs in the first, third and fifth frames.
St. James outhit Belle 7-5.
Fuhring was 2-for-3 with an RBI while Seams was 2-for-3, junior Connie Davis had a hit and scored a run and Ketcherside had a hit and RBI.
The Lady Tigers were scheduled to play at Salem on Monday but that game was postponed due to a death in the Salem student body. St. James was slated to host Vienna on Tuesday and is scheduled to have a rematch with Belle at Nelson Hart Park on Friday, starting at 4:30 p.m.