The St. James softball team (14-12) opened their District tournament at Sullivan against Salem on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The Lady Tigers struggled to get their bats going early in the contest and couldn't dig out of a hole in a 5-2 loss.
Kayla Hamilton had a fantastic performance in her final start, but needed a bit more help from her defense. She struck out eight batters and only allowed four hits and two walks, but allowed a total of five runs on the back of two errors behind her. While two errors don't seem like a lot, they contributed to three unearned runs, which was the difference in the game.
Salem got out to a 2-0 lead in the third before adding another run in the fourth. Salem scored two more runs in the seventh before St. James was able to get on the board. The Lady Tigers scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, but their comeback fell short in a 5-2 loss.
St. James had five hits in the loss, with Alyssa Doris and Hamilton driving in each of the runs. Hamilton and Hunter Pitts each had doubles, while Mikaela Donnelly and Hannah Shasserre each had base hits of their own.
The loss ends St. James' season, but they will have all but three of their players return next season.