The St. James softball team (2-3, 1-1 FRC) hosted Hermann for a Four Rivers Conference matchup on Thursday, Sept. 6. The Lady Tigers got their first conference win of the season as they cruised to a 14-0 victory.
After a pair of tough losses, St. James got back into the win column with a lot of punch. The Lady Tigers wasted no time, scoring three runs in the first, before blowing up for eight runs in the second. They tacked on another two runs in the third and one more in the fourth to finish off the win.
The Lady Tigers were able to seal a quick win thanks to excellent pitching to go with the hot bats. Audrey Marcee pitched five shutout innings, allowing just four hits over that span. She struck out three and walked three in a dominant performance on the mound for her second win of the season.
Marcee was also the key contributor at the plate, driving in four of the team's 14 runs. She was 2-4 at the dish with a run scored and a double. St. James also got an RBI from Baylee Ambrose, who was 2-2 with an RBI, a run scored and a walk. Scot Paulus matched Ambrose's 2-2 performance, while adding an RBI, a walk, a steal and three runs scored. Abbie Walton also drove in a run with an RBI double. As a team, the Lady Tigers had 10 hits, drew eight walks, stole four bases and had three extra base hits.
"It was a good conference win. Good morale boost for us after coming off a couple of tough losses," said head coach Brad Purvis. "Audrey did a great job in the circle of managing Hermann's offense only allowing four hits in the ballgame. I felt the key for us was working out of a first inning bases loaded jam by not allowing Hermann to score.
"That created some momentum for us, which I believe helped jump start our offense in the bottom of the first and which carried throughout the rest of the game," continued the St. James head coach. "We still need to clean some things up defensively, but I felt we took a measurable step in the right direction."
The Lady Tigers will remain in the Four Rivers Conference, but hit the road for their next matchup with a trip to Owensville on Tuesday, Sept. 11.