The St. James softball team opened their Four Rivers Conference slate when they welcomed Owensville into town on Thursday, Aug.31. The game was back and forth all evening long, but St. James struck the final blow to knock out the Lady Dutchmen 7-6.

The Lady Tigers started the game a bit flat and Owensville took advantage with three runs in the first two innings to take an early lead. Once St. James settled in, they were able to jumpstart the offense with four runs in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead. 

"The fourth inning was key for us as we were able to erase a three-run deficit and come out with a 4-3 lead," said head coach Brad Purvis. "(That) was a huge confidence and momentum builder for us." 

St. James went on to add a run in the fourth to extend their lead, but Owensville retook the lead with three runs in the sixth. St. James managed to punch back again in the bottom of the frame when Shelby Quick launched a two run shot to retake the lead. They were able to hold Owensville scoreless in the top of the seventh to finish off a 7-6 win. 

Kayla Hamilton pitched a complete game for St. James. She allowed six runs in the game, but only two of those runs were earned. She allowed six hits, walked four, while striking out five in the win. 

"Kayla once again did a great job in the circle leading us," said Purvis. 

Quick's home run was the biggest hit of the game, but Hamilton also helped herself on the mound with three RBI of her own with a double. Hunter Pitts also drove in a run, while going 2-2 with a pair of steals. 

"It was a great team win," said Purvis, "Offensively, we did a good job adjusting at the plate the second and third time through the order facing a tough pitcher...I'm very proud of the growth we have shown to this point in the season." 

Next up for St. James is another Four Rivers Conference matchup with a trip to Sullivan on Tuesday, Sept. 5.