The St. James softball team hosted Sullivan for a Four Rivers Conference matchup on Thursday, Sept. 13. The Lady Tigers struggled to ignite their offense in a tough 12-0 loss to their conference rival.
Sullivan jumped out to an early lead on Thursday night and took advantage of a few St. James miscues in the process. After scoring three quick runs in the first, they had the bases loaded with two outs. St. James had what seemed to be the last out of the inning on a ground ball to second, but a dropped ball at first led to two more runs, giving Sullivan a 5-0 lead. The Lady Tigers were able to stop the bleeding during the next at bat, as Mikaela Donnelly picked off a runner at third to end the inning.
Sullivan added to that lead in the second, as some miscommunication in right-center allowed Addison Purvis to circle the bases. Sullivan then added a pair of runs in the third and four more in the fourth on their way to a five inning 12-0 win over the Lady Tigers.
Defense was a problem for St. James all night long, as they committed eight errors in the loss. Audrey Marcee pitched for St. James, allowing all 12 runs, but only five were earned. She added four walks and allowed eight hits. Offensively, St. James was in a rut with just three hits. Marcee, Scout Paulus and Abbie Walton had the only base knocks for the Lady Tigers in the loss.
The Lady Tigers will next play in the Cuba Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 15.