The St. James (4-2) and Newburg (1-3) softball teams both played games on Friday, Aug. 25. St. James had their hands full with Belle, but they held on for a 12-10 win in the slugfest. Newburg had a shootout of their down, but a late scoring push by Richland in the consolation championship of the Frisco League Tournament sank the Lady Wolves 14-8.
Lady Tiger offense explodes
The Lady Tigers got out to a good start in their matchup with Belle and the two teams traded punches all night long. St. James started with three runs in the first, but Belle responded with two runs of their own in the second. The Lady Tigers added two more runs in the third, but Belle had their biggest inning of the night by driving in six runs in the bottom of the frame to take an 8-5 lead.
St. James was able to find their footing after that, scoring seven runs over the next two innings and locked things down on the mound. Belle scored one more run in the fifth and another in the sixth, but Kayla Hamilton was able to limit the damage and hold onto a 12-10 win.
Hamilton pitched a complete game, allowing 10 runs, eight of which were earned, on 10 hits and five walks. She also struck out 10 batters on her way to earning the win. Five different batters knocked in runs for the Lady Tigers. Alyssa Doris led the charge with four RBI on two base hits. Mikaela Donnelly drove in three runs one two hits and two walks. Hunter Pitts, Baylee Ambrose and Hamilton each drove in one run, with Pitts scoring three runs on three hits and a walk.
The Lady Tigers stay on the road when they travel to Hermann on Tuesday, Aug. 29.
Richland outlasts Lady Wolves
Newburg faced off against Richland in the Frisco League Tournament and got out to a solid start. Richland scored two runs in the first, but the Lady Wolves were able to take the lead with six runs in the top of the second. Richland closed the gap with three runs in the bottom of the inning, bringing the score to 6-5 in Newburg's favor.
The Lady Wolves added runs in the fourth and fifth innings, while holding Richland scoreless, but the Lady Bears took control of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Richland stormed into the lead with eight runs and added one more run in the sixth to extend the lead to 14-8. Richland finished the win by shutting down Newburg in the seventh.
Macy Suschanke took the loss for Newburg, pitching all six innings. She allowed 14 runs, only five of which were earned, on three hits and 12 walks and six hit batters. Suschanke struck out four in the loss.
Grace Affolter lead the offense by going 1-4 with two runs scored and a steal. Marah Suschanke drove in a run with one hit, while Kaylee Burton, Issy Bramel and Chrizma Boswell each added a hit and a runs scored.
Dixon won the tournament by taking down Iberia in the Championship. The Lady Wolves will return back to their regular season slate with a series of home games. They hosted Russelville on Monday, Aug. 28, but results were not available at past time. They will next host Belle on Tuesday, Aug. 29.