The St. James softball team (13-8, 4-3 FRC) kicked off their busy week with a pair of games on Monday, Sept. 18 and Tuesday, Sept. 19. The Lady Tigers cruised to an easy 18-5 win over Laquey on Monday, before falling to Pacific 6-2 in a Four Rivers Conference matchup on Tuesday.
St. James got off to a quick start against Laquey and never looked back. The Lady Tigers mashed in nine runs in the first innings and added eight more runs before Laquey was able to get on the board with four runs in the bottom of the third. The Lady Tigers held comfortably onto a 17-4 lead before teams traded runs in the fourth. Both teams were held scoreless in the fifth to end the game by mercy rule 18-5.
The Lady Tigers had 10 base knocks, while getting on base with eight walks, in the victory. Hunter Pitts led St. James with a 3-5 performance at the plate, knocking in five runs on a pair of doubles, while scoring twice. Alyssa Doris was another standout, as she was 2-2 with two walks, four runs and two RBI to go along with a stolen base. Taylor Brennan was the final multi-hit player for St. James, going 2-2 with two runs and a run driven in. Kayla Hamilton and Scout Paulus each drove in a pair of runs, while Hannah Shasserre drove in one run, while scoring twice.
Hamilton also towed the rubber for St. James, allowing five runs in five innings on eight walks and four walks with six strikeouts.
The Lady Tigers had a much tougher time when they moved into the conference to face off against Pacific on Tuesday. Runs were at a premium on Tuesday, but Pacific used a four-run fifth inning to take down St. James 6-2.
Hamilton pitched for St. James again against Pacific, but had trouble keeping runners from scoring. Hamilton allowed six runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks. She also struck out eight batters in the loss.
Offensively, St. James was held to just four base hits. Mikaela Donnelly had the only RBI with a triple in the fourth. She then went on to score an unearned run. Hunter Pitts scored on the RBI triple, going 2-3 at the plate. Baylee Ambrose had the only other hit for St. James.
Megan Myers pitched for Pacific and was dominant in the circle. She struck out nine Lady Tigers and allowed just one earned run to give the Lady Indians the Four Rivers Conference win.
The Lady Tigers went on to play Waynesville on Wednesday, Sept. 20, but results were not available at press time. After the busy beginning of the week, St. James has some well deserved time off. They'll be off until they play at Vienna on Tuesday, Sept. 26.