RIDGELAND – Bogue Chitto will take the MHSAA 1A softball championship trophy back to Lincoln County for the fourth time in eighth years, thanks to a strong pitching performance by freshman Codi Leggett and four unearned runs.
The Lady Bobcats (24-7) defeated Hamilton 6-2 at Freedom Ridge Park on Thursday to complete a championship series sweep.
“We didn’t get hits when we needed them” said Hamilton coach Bryan Loague. “They’re a good team. They’re a really good team.”
Both of the Hamilton runs were also unearned. The Lady Lions took a 1-0 lead in the first on a leadoff single by Victoria Harrison, a sacrifice by Hannah Rooks and an infield error. Bogue Chitto responded with three unearned runs in the third.
Hamilton (24-8) cut the deficit to 3-2 in the third. Rooks led off with a double, took third on an error and scored on a fielder’s choice. Bogue Chitto made it 4-2 in the sixth, then tacked on two insurance runs.
“The girls did a fantastic job today,” said Scott Leggett. “Codi did a fantastic job on the mound. We came through with some clutch hits today.”
Codi Leggett allowed seven hits, but no earned runs. Anna Stahl took the loss, allowing eight hits and two earned runs. Icie Cockerham led Hamilton with a double and single and Harrison with two singles.
Hamilton is still looking for its first title. The Lady Lions also lost to Bogue Chitto in 2014.
Despite the loss, the future looks bright for Hamilton with only two seniors on the roster.
“You always have to think that,” said Loague. “That’s what you’re building for, the future. If you don’t think your future is bright, you’re in the wrong spot.”