Hamlin softball starts hot as the weather, weathers Miles 6-2

Hamlin faced the defending Class 2A champion Stamford in district play. Twice.

The Lady Pipers were ready for the playoffs. Even needing to wait a week.

Hamlin on Friday opened their own quest for softball prominence with a 6-2 Region I-2A area round win over Miles at the Cooper High School diamond.

Hamlin, now 19-5, moves on to play the Albany-Ozona series winner. That series opened Friday and is a best-of-3.

The Pipers drew a first-round bye. Miles had to play, and certainly did play, pounding Fort Hancock 29-4.

The teams squared off on the hottest day so far in Abilene, when the temperature exceeded expectations to rise to 102 degrees.

Hamlin started that hot, scoring four runs in the first inning. But it took pitcher Zoe Moore snaring a hot-liner right at her with two outs and a runner on the bottom of the seventh inning to get the win.

“My heart stopped,” Moore said of catching the liner by Miles’ Jessica Hinds. “I didn’t register with it … I was like, ‘Oh my gosh,”

She has never won a game like that before. And, really, she said she was ready for it.

Hamlin's Zoe Moore pitches against Miles during Friday's softball game at Cooper High School May 6, 2022.

“I’m glad she was,” Hamlin coach Jason Botos said after hugging Moore after the game. “We like to make it exciting.”

Botos was pleased with the start to the game, when Moore helped herself with a two-run single and scored on an RBI fly ball by Addison Yarbrough.

“We were excited and chomping at the bit,” he said.

However, Hamlin scored just two more runs, leaving two runners in scoring position in the third and the bases loaded in the fifth.

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