The Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes took a firm grasp on first place in the Big South Conference with two wins on Tuesday.
The Tigerettes traveled to Chapel Hill for an early afternoon game versus the Lady Rockets and came away with a hard fought 7-2 victory behind a complete game performance on the hill by Kalie Hobbs, great defense by shortstop Austyn Whaley, and some timely hitting in the clutch.
After their game with FMS, the girls from Lewisburg got back on the bus and took out Loretto 12-2 at home.
LMS head coach Lee Perryman said after the first game, "Our bats were hot today. We got some big hits at the right time, our pitching was very good, and we came up with some great plays on defense."
Perryman added, "This was a big game in our conference and it is always a big rivalry playing Chapel Hill being an in-county game and because the girls from both schools have played together and against each other for a long time."
The Tigerettes got on the board first as Whaley lined a triple in the left field gap to leadoff the game and scored when Devon Hasty ripped a single to right. Two batters later, Mary Medley singled to center and Ashton Wiles reached on an error. Medley came home on a sacrifice fly by Hobbs for a 2-0 lead.
Hobbs set down the Lady Rockets 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and in the top of the third, Whaley singled with two out and scored on another Forrest error for a 3-0 lead.
The Lady Rockets got one run back on a leadoff single by Adrean Jordon, who came all the way around on some wild throws on a steal attempt by Jordan to make it 3-1.
Forrest hurler Brooke Herron got out of a two on, one out jam in the third on a nice grab and throw at second by Courtney Hollandsworth and a great play by Adrian Proffitt, who snagged a pop-up in front of the
LMS dugout for the final out.
Forrest got their second run in the bottom of the third on an RBI triple by Hollandsworth that scored Herron from first.
LMS added to their lead in the fourth, scoring two runs on RBI's by Hasty and Medley for a 5-2 lead.
Hobbs held firm in the bottom of the inning and LMS tacked on another run when Hobbs led off with as single and her courtesy runner, Lauren Blackmon scored on a Danielle Toseland single to left.
Hobbs was strong again in the bottom of the sixth and Brianna Roberts made it 7-2 when she came around for another unearned run.
FMS mounted a big threat in the bottom of the sixth as Mandi Conley got a base hit sandwiched around two hit batters to load the sacks. Hobbs reared back and got a big strike out to end the threat.
LMS did not score in the seventh and Hobbs mowed down the Lady Rockets 1-2-3 in the bottom of the frame to secure the victory.
The first place Tigerettes will host the Big South Conference Tournament beginning next Thursday afternoon.