Errors, big bats push St. Al past Lake

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 22, 2000

St. Aloysius shortstop Keiko Booth made up for this second-inning error with two singles and three runs scored in the Lady Flashes 10-5 win over Lake Thursday at Halls Ferry Park. (The Vicksburg Post/PAT SHANNAHAN)

Lake came to Halls Ferry Park bearing gifts Thursday afternoon against St. Aloysius, and the Lady Flashes put them to good use.

St. Al (8-7, 7-3 Division 8-1A) scored nine unearned runs and started two rallies with two-out errors in a 10-5 win over the Lady Hornets (3-16, 1-7).

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St. Al’s Amy Walker led a 13-hit attack by going 3-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBIs. Kelly Haden added two hits and two RBIs and Heidi Haden and Anna Fulcher each had two hits and an RBI.

“This win was needed bad,” St. Al coach Gene Rogillio said.

The game was a slugfest early, with Lake jumping out to a 4-2 lead in the top of the second inning. But after getting the first two St. Al hitters out in the bottom of the inning, a two-out Lake error led to three St. Al runs.

Walker doubled in two runs to tie the game and scored on Kelly Haden’s RBI single to make it 5-4. Another two-out error in the bottom of the third allowed pitcher Stephanie Evans to reach base, and she scored on Fulcher’s RBI single to make it 6-4.

Lake cut it to 6-5 with a run in the fourth, but the Lady Flashes put the game away with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Keiko Booth reached on an error to start the inning and scored on Walker’s triple. Two more Lake errors the Lady Hornets had five in the game a sacrifice fly by Kelly Haden and an RBI single by Candice Park then put the game out of reach.

“They helped somewhat,” Rogillio said of the errors. “But we just broke it open in the sixth. We got the bases loaded in three innings and that’ll kill you.”

After Evans’ rocky start, she settled in over the middle innings. She allowed one run and no hits over a three-inning span. Lake managed one hit in the sixth and loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but never really threatened.

After allowing a leadoff single in the seventh, Evans retired the next two hitters before allowing another single and a walk. She then got the last hitter to ground into a fielder’s choice.

“They caught a lot of pop-ups. We couldn’t move the runners around. If we got them on, we just couldn’t bring them around,” Lake coach Thurmond Harrell said.

NW Rankin 16, VHS 1

Northwest Rankin (20-2) racked up 18 hits and held Vicksburg (14-7) to just four in a four-inning blowout. Krystal Lofton’s RBI double in the fourth brought home VHS’ only run, but the Lady Cougars were already ahead 10-0.

“We couldn’t do diddly-poo,” VHS coach Josh Harper said.

WC 11, Clinton 1

Katie Barnette’s three-run triple keyed a seven-run fourth inning for Warren Central (15-7) that blew open a 1-1 game.

Heather Barnes, Shameka Carson, Lashanda Williams, Marilyn Landers and Haley Martin each had two hits for WC, which had 11 hits in all.

Carson and Landers both tripled and drove in one run, while Barnes had two doubles, including an RBI double in the fourth.

“We had probably one of our better hitting games,” WC coach Lucy Young said.