The St. James softball team (14-10) traveled to Vienna on Tuesday, Sept. 26 before hosting Steelville on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The Lady Tigers had a late comeback fall short in a 6-4 loss to Vienna before thumping Steelville 17-2 in three innings.
Kayla Hamilton pitched both games for St. James and had a pair of strong performances. The Lady Tiger defense needed to give her a little more help against Vienna, as four errors led to three unearned runs. Runs slipped by in small doses with one run in the first, two in the second, and one in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings. St. James wasn't able to get on the board until the fifth inning, but they still trailed 6-1 through five innings of play. The Lady Tigers tried to make a late push with three runs in the sixth, but the comeback ended there and St. James fell 6-4.
Mikaela Donnelly, Alyssa Doris and Hamilton each drove in runs in the loss on one hit a piece. St. James had just five hits in the loss. Hamilton allowed three earned runs on four hits, four walks and four strikeouts.
The bats woke up for St. James when they returned home to face off against Steelville. Hamilton only needed to pitch three innings, but she allowed no earned runs on one hit, four walks and six strikeouts.
The Lady Tigers unloaded for two runs in the first, six runs in the second and then put the final nail in Steelville's coffin with nine runs in the third. St. James took advantage of nine runs, but added nine hits of their own. They also stole 10 bases as a team, led by four steals by Doris. Four different players drove in two runs, with Donnelly, Hamilton, Scout Paulus and Hannah Shasserre each knocking in a pair. Baylee Ambrose, Taylor Brennan, Doris and Shelby Quick each drove in a run in the 17-2 win.
The Lady Tigers stayed at home on Thursday when they hosted Crocker for Senior Night on Thursday, Sept. 28, but results were not available at press time. The matchup with Crocker was their final game of the regular season. St. James will now play Salem to open their District Tournament at Sullivan on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The Lady Tigers have faced Salem once this season and they won that matchup 5-2 back on August 21.