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Loyd Star softball tops Enterprise 3-1

Enterprise hosted district rivalry Loyd Star Tuesday night in a defensive game that saw the Lady Hornets come out on top by a score of 3-1.

With the win, Loyd Star remains perfect at 14-0 and moved to 2-0 in district play. The loss drops Enterprise to 4-9 overall and 1-1 in district play.

“Makenzie (Smith) pitched a good game and we had key bunts and hits,” Loyd Star head coach Jan Delaughter said. “The girls played well overall.”

Johnna Norman hit a bunt single to bring in the first run of the night for Loyd Star, scoring Smith from second to make it 1-0 Loyd Star. In the top of the fourth inning, Shelby Smith led off with a single, then Mal Cade nailed an RBI double to score Smith and made it 2-0 in favor of the Lady Hornets.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Jackets threatened to rally as both Kalyn Chemin and Kaylie Burgess hit singles with one out. The Lady Hornets would get out of the inning without allowing a run to come across thanks to clutch pitching from senior Makenzie Smith.

An error by Enterprise in the top of the seventh inning would score a runner for Loyd Star to give them the 3-0 lead heading to the final half-inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Lady Jackets scored their only run of the game with Abby Grace Richardson leading off with a double off a dropped ball in shallow center. Jana Nations followed with an RBI single to bring in Richardson to make it 3-1, but the lady Hornets pulled away in the end with the 3-1 win.

“The girls kept working to the end,” Enterprise head coach Charissa Burke said. “We need to learn to put runs on early and cut down on errors.”

Smith pitched another great game for Loyd Star, pitching all seven innings and giving up no earned runs on three hits, no walks and striking out eight. Abigail Thornton led the Lady Hornets at the plate, going 2-for-4 at the plate on the night. Malori Cade and Johnna Norman each had one RBI for the game.

Haley nations took the loss on the mound for Enterprise. She went all seven innings and gave up two earned runs on five hits, one walk and struck out five. Jana Nations led the Lady Jackets at the plate, going 1-for-3 with the lone RBI for Enterprise. Kalyn Chemin and Kaylie Burgess each had a hit for the Lady Jackets.

The Lady Hornets will head to Mize for non-conference play Thursday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

The Lady Jackets will head to Bassfield Thursday for a double-header. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.