The Lafayette Lady Hornets softball team bats were silent against host Dixie County in high school softball play. The Lady Hornets scratched out but four hits in dropping a 4-1 decision on the road at Cross City.

In fact, Lafayette did not put a runner on the base paths until the fourth inning when they scored their lone run. McCellen retired the first nine batters she faced until junior Natalie Land singled to lead off the Lady Hornets fourth inning. A stolen base by Land set up Lindsey Hamlin’s RBI single that made it a 2-1 game at the time. Katie Jo Walker had a single in the same inning but was left stranded.

Seven of the first nine McCellen retired were of the ground ball variety. She had two strike outs in the first three innings as the Lady Hornets were making contact with her pitches but was playing “at’em ball” as the infield errorlessly gathered in the ground balls.

Hamlin was impressive in her first two innings of work. She got the side in order in both the first and second innings before Dixie County struck for two runs in the bottom of the third in assuming a 2-0 lead. VanArman and Chenning had doubles in the inning for the Lady Bears accounting for the two runs.

Dixie added insurance runs in their half of the sixth inning to add to the 2-1 lead. Chenning singled and scored on Clemens RBI double. Clemens came home on an error to make it 4-1.

Marla Alcazar singled with two outs in the Lady Hornets seventh inning but was left stranded. “We just didn’t hit the ball,” said Lady Hornet coach Derek Garland. “We are playing better but not hitting like we are capable of doing.”

Hamlin pitched well for Lafayette allowing just the five hits. Two of the Dixie County runs were unearned.

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