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Lawrence County splits softball doubleheader

Mar. 7—MOULTON — The Lawrence County Red Devils split their two games Wednesday, defeating Hatton 10-4 and falling to Jasper 8-4.

While the win was nice, the biggest lesson came from the loss.

"I don't like to lose, but I was glad we were able to work this game in. We learned a lot," said Lawrence County head coach Will Inman. "We didn't even pitch our top pitcher today, so if we clean up some things, I think we're right there with them."

"This game will go a long way for us in May," Inman added.

It was Jasper that ended Lawrence County's season a year ago and took the final spot in the 5A state tournament. Now the Red Devils see the bar they need to reach to obtain their goal of reaching the state softball tournament in Oxford.

"We just have to swing at better pitches," said senior McKenzie Hyche. "She (Jasper pitcher Missy Odom) is a great pitcher, but we can hit off her. We know we have what it takes to be beat them."

Lawrence County 10, Hatton 4: Hyche had three hits, three RBIs and scored three runs as the Red Devils bounced back for a win in the second game of their doubleheader.

AB McKay had three hits and an RBI, while Bella Cross added two hits and an RBI. Alyce LouAllen had a two-run home run as the Red Devils led 8-1 after three innings.

"We didn't hit the ball well in the first game, and we turned it up in the second game," Hyche said. "We cleaned up mistakes and played like we were capable of playing."

Anna Kate Potter led Hatton with three hits and also scored thee runs.

Jasper 8, Lawrence County 4: Lawrence County jumped on the Vikings early, grabbing a 3-1 lead after the first inning.

However. errors and mental mistakes piled up as Jasper outscored the Red Devils 7-1 the rest of the way.

"Six of the eight runs we gave up came from leadoff walks, walks with less than one out or hit batters," Inman said. "We hit Missy (Odom), fine and had enough good at bats to win that game. It's hard to win though when six of the runs you allow are free passes."

"I think the thought of playing Jasper, knowing they were the team that put us out last year, got in our minds a little bit," Hyche added.

LA Norwood had two hits for Lawrence County and AB McKay added a hit and two RBIs

—caleb.suggs@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2395. Twitter @CalebSuggs2