MYRTLE – Though the Lady Hawks found an early lead, the Corinth Warriors went home with the win in the Hawks 2014 slow-pitch opener.
Kristen Young took the loss on the mound for the Hawks, while Corinth’s Allie Rhea Jacobs earned the win, giving up five hits and two walks to Myrtle.
Young finished the night with five hits and one walk across seven innings.
Ashton Hogue led off for the Hawks during the game, and later scored Myrtle’s lone run off a fly-out and tag from Heather Smith.
The 1-0 advantage held for the Lady Hawks until the third inning where a lead walk and a base hit from Jamia Kirk kept set up a triple home run from senior Rebekah Williams.
Williams’ hit vaulted the Lady Warriors to a 3-1 lead, with Corinth’s defense keeping the Hawks off balance for the remainder of the game.
“When you look at it, one pitch beat us,” Hawks head coach Marty Cook said, “Other than that, they don’t score and that’s just how it goes sometimes.”
A string of contacts in the sixth inning placed the Hawks in scoring position, a would-be two-RBI single caught in left field to end the threat for Myrtle.
With Lowery out at third base, the Hawks saw a ground out and a fly out to turn over the inning.
Myrtle again loaded the bases in the seventh, with Callie Denton’s leading double followed by a single from Lauren Coggin and a walk of Kellan Tanner.
A double play from Williams at center field to shortstop Jamia Kirk at second ended the game.
“Corinth is probably a 4A title contender so to hang with them this early in the season is encouraging, we had some errors, we missed some things, but it’s stuff to build on,” Cook said.