Tigerettes beat up on Lady Bulldogs in district opener
After suffering a nine inning 1-0 loss to Hickman County on the final day of the regular season in a game that cost them the outright regular season district title, the Marshall County High School Tigerettes, stormed back and blasted the Lady Bulldogs 8-0 in the District 10AA opener at Maurice Hambrick Field in Lewisburg on Thursday.
"It feels real good to get the district win", said head coach Holly Barnes after the game.
Barnes, the first year head coach at MCHS has cloaked her team with her own fiery personality and added, "I don't think the girls really believed they were winners. They have got to believe that they are winners, because they are."
Sophomore hurler Mieke Wallace turned in a solid complete game, giving up just four hits while striking out six. Wallace also drove home the game's first run on a two-out RBI double that scored a streaking Addricka O'Neal all the way from first base.
Senior McKenna Moffett had a great game, behind the plate and in front, going 3-4 with two RBI's. O'Neal was electrifying the entire game, scoring from first on Wallace's double, turning a one base error into three, and covering center field, like a blanket.
Freshman Kaci Ezell also contributed a great 2-3 two RBI performance from the designated player's spot.
Wallace gave up a leadoff bunt single to Aimee Martin to begin the game and then bore down, striking out two of the next three batters. In between, Lauren Anderson make a great grab of a hard liner, diving to her left to snag the shot on top of the first base bag.
Moffett also led off the home side of the first with a single to center field, but Hickman County hurler Keaton Staggs set down the Tigerettes 1-2-3 after that.
More 'D' was the key in the second, highlighted by shortstop Jennifer Young's inning ending grab of a hot shot and throw to first to double off Cassy Seagraves, who had walked.
The Tigerettes mustered up a one out rally in the second, loading the sacks with one out, but the Lady Bulldogs turned a nice 4-2 put-out at home for the second out and Seagraves got a pop-out on her patented high heat to end the inning.
Wallace got two more strikeouts and had an easy third inning.
O'Neal served a two out single to left in the bottom of the frame and Wallace delivered her home with the long liner in the left field gap to give Marshall County all they would need at 1-0.
The game went to the fifth, still 1-0 and Hickman County mounted a one out threat with consecutive singles by Kayla Hutcherson and Katie Armstrong. First sacker Anderson was involved in the next two plays, scooping up a grounder and touching the sack for the second out and dishing another grounder to Stashia Osborn, alertly covering the back from second to end the inning.
Coach Barnes had talked about the Tigerettes being in a little offensive slump before the game and lo and behold, they busted out of it in one inning, scoring seven runs on seven hits. Eleven batters came to the plate with the big blow coming from O'Neal, who lasered a bases loaded no out double to left that drove home Moffett and Brandie Jett.
With the bases re-loaded, Kaci Ezell knocked it two more with a smash through the box, Kwanza Pillow followed with an RBI single, and Moffett finished the break-out with a single that drove in two again and the Tigerettes had a commanding 8-0 lead.
Hickman never threatened the rest of the way and Barnes, Wallace, and the Tigerettes would move on, traveling to Page for Friday night's second round tilt.