The St. James softball team (8-6, 4-2 FRC) made the trip to New Haven for a Four Rivers Conference matchup on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The Lady Tigers cleaned up their defense and drove in runs by the bunches in a 15-3 romp of the Shamrocks.
The Lady Tigers have had their share of defensive issues in the last couple of weeks, but they were much better on Tuesday. St. James committed just one error in the game and helped get Kayla Hamilton out of innings, rather than extending them. Hamilton took advantage of the improved defense for a strong performance on the mound. She pitched a complete game, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out a staggering 14 batters.
It's always easier to pitch with a lead and Hamilton had the chance to do that all game long. St. James scored three in the top of the first inning and added four more runs before New Haven was able to get on the board with three runs in the fifth. The Lady Tigers responded to the Shamrock scoring by scoring twice in the sixth before smashing in six runs in the seven to put the cherry on top of a 15-3 win.
There were several great offensive performances in the win, as four players drove in multiple runs. Mikaela Donnelly led the offense with four runs driven in and four runs scored on a 3-3 showing at the plate. Hamilton helped herself out with three RBI on three base hits, while Hannah Shasserre matched her with three RBI of her own on three hits with two runs scored. Hunter Pitts also drove in two, while scoring three times on two hits. Scout Paulus and Baylee Ambrose also each drove in a run. The Lady Tigers also walked five times and swiped four bags.
St. James went on to host Bourbon on Wednesday, Sept. 13, but results were not available at press time. They will continue a busy week by hosting St. Clair for another Four Rivers Conference game on Thursday, Sept. 14.