The St. James softball team had a pair of games to open the week, hosting Laquey on Monday, before a trip to Four Rivers Conference rival St. Clair on Tuesday. The Lady Tigers had a lot of offensive punch in a 13-1 win on Monday, before falling victim to a walk-off home run against St. Clair.
The Lady Tiger offense was out in full strength against Laquey, kicking off the game with a nine-run first inning to take a quick 9-1 lead. They didn't look back from there, tacking on a run in the second, before three more crossed home plate in the third. From there, St. James was able to coast to a 13-1 mercy rule win in five innings.
Every St. James player scored at least one run in the victory with Baylee Ambrose scoring three runs and Hunter Pitts scoring twice. Shelby Quick and Abbie Walton each drove in a pair of runs on one hit with Walton smacking a triple. Ambrose and Mckenzie Brennan each drove in a run, as well. As a team, St. James had eight hits and walked five times. Audrey Marcee took care of the pitching duties for the Lady Tigers, allowing just one unearned run in the win. She allowed five hits and six walks, while striking out five.
The Lady Tigers then had a dogfight when they traveled to St. Clair on Tuesday. St. Clair was able to strike first with a pair of runs in the first, but St. James instantly responded with two runs of their own in the second. The lead went back to the Lady Bulldogs, as they scored twice in the third. After the two teams traded runs in the fourth and fifth, the Lady Tigers tied the game with a pair of runs in the sixth inning. St. James was held off the board in the top of the seventh, so they were just looking to extend the game into extra innings. The Lady Bulldogs had other plans, as Mikayla Weirich smacked a solo shot to lead off the inning to give St. Clair a 6-5 win.
Brennan led the offensive charge for St. James, going 1-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Alyssa Doris added a base hit and an RBI for St. James. Mikaela Donnelly, Quick and Walton each added runs for the Lady Tigers. Marcee again took care of the pitching duties for St. James, surrendering six runs, five of which were earned. She allowed eight hits and walked five batters, while striking out five in the loss.