Freshman Lady Seahawk pitcher was a busy young woman last Thursday, as she pitched two complete seven-inning games to help her team sweep a double-header against Leon.
In the opener, Ham fanned 11, walked six, and gave up six earned runs on seven hits.
But her teammates proved to be one run better, as they tallied 11 hits, highlighted by a four-run fifth inning, to win 7-6.
Two of those runs were driven in by sixth-grader Addyson Mallon, who went 1 for 3, and three runs were brought home by eighth grader Lexi Webb, who was 1 for 3. Freshman Ryan Brown went 2 for 4, driving in a run, and sophomore Taylor Mallon 1 for 4, with one RBI.
Ham was a perfect 4 for 4 from the plate, and scored three runs.
Eighth grader Averie Johnson went 1 for 1, and freshman Michalyn O’Neal 1 for 4.
In the nightcap, Ham struck out eight and walked eight, as she surrendered three earned runs on five hits, toi help lead her team to an 8-3 win over the Lady Lions.
“Leon played us tough, but I thought we hit the ball hard in both games and Sarah battled her way out of a few tough spots,” said coach Scott Collins.
Taylor Mallon led the team with a 3 for 4 night, driving in a run and scoring another. Senior Ariel Andrews was 2 for 4 at the plate, also driving in a run and scoring another.
Ham was 1 for 4, driving in a run and scoring another, and Webb 2 for 4 and scoring a run. Seventh grader Lilah Millender went 1 for 4, banging a triple, and scored a run, and O’Neal 1 for 4 with one run scored.
Taylor Mallon is leading the team with a .433 batting average, just ahead of Ham, and has smacked 26 hits, just ahead of Brown. Mallon’s 17 runs batted in make her the clear leader in that stat.
The doubleheader wins improved the team’s record to 11-7, and they are ranked #12 in class 1A. After playing at Chiles Monday, they are at home Tuesday against North Bay Haven and on the road Friday at Blountstown in the last regular season game.
“We will go into the district tournament as the number two seed; Wewa will be number one,” said Collins.
The tourney begins the week of May 2, with the top two seeds getting an opening round bye.
As the two seed the Seahawks play the winner of the #3 Liberty vs. the #6 Blountstown. Wewa will play the winner of seeds #4 Port St. Joe vs. #5 Bozeman.
The winners will play for the district championship. The semi-finals and final will be played at Port St. Joe. After the district tournament there will be a re-seeding which will determine the regional semi-finals and final.