After a disappointing week two, the Lady Lions headed into week three with high hopes. With only one game on the road and two at home, the Ladies served up solid play despite a 2-1 record for the week.
Coming off a 2-2 showing at the Lady Warrior Southern Classic in Murfreesboro, the Camden Lady Lions returned to district play on Tuesday, March 26, at Lewis County. Less than two weeks earlier, the Lady Panthers gave the Lady Lions a scare in a close game. Camden was able to come back in the final inning of that game to win 5-4. This time the game wouldn’t be close.
Camden scored 5 runs in the first inning, capped by a 3 RBI double from Briley Hardin. Brenna Caldwell added a 2-run homerun later in the game, while freshman Jadyn Staggs blasted her first career homerun in the final inning of play. Alix Hampton and Reagan Wallace combined for a no hitter as Camden rolled to a 14-0 win in five innings.
On Thursday, March 28, Camden hosted Waverly. The Lady Tigers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. The scores remained 1-0 until the fifth inning when the Lady Tigers had timely hits and made a couple Camden errors hurt by scoring three runs. Camden did manage to tack on a couple of runs in the 6th inning, but Waverly continued to add runs to hold on to win 8-2.
Fortunately, the Lady Lions were able to bounce back with a comeback win on Friday over a solid non-district foe in Decatur County’s Riverside. Riverside led for most of the game, and held a 3-2 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth inning. Camden then started the comeback with a solo homerun from Hampton to tie the game.
The Lady Lions’ bats started rolling with hits from Sarah Bradford, Rylee Pafford, Abby Berry, Jay Morgan Dobson, Brenna Caldwell, and Brianna Minor. By the time the sixth inning was complete, Camden led 7-3.
Riverside would not go down without a fight. The first two batters reached base and then the Lady Panthers connected on a 3-run homerun to cut the lead to 7-6. Hampton focused to close out the game in the pitcher’s circle to secure the Camden win.
Camden’s record now stands at 10-4 (3-1 in district). The Lady Lions traveled to Creek Wood on Tuesday, host East Hickman on Thursday, and finish the upcoming week with a trip to Stewart County to play Houston County and West Creek.