The LMS Tigerettes drew first blood in the inter-county rivalry home and home series with the FMS Lady Rockets, coming from behind with a five-run fifth inning to take a 6-3 win at Reese Hambrick Field in Lewisburg Wednesday afternoon.
Tigerette head coach Lee Perryman said, "It is always a tough game versus Chapel Hill. All the girls have played together and against each other for such a long time. We put some hits together today and came out on top."
Austyn Whaley was the heroine at the plate and in the circle for Perryman's Tigerettes. Whaley hurled a complete game, giving up seven hits and striking out ten batters. At the dish, Whaley drove home the game winning run on a bases loaded two-run single in the fifth inning that sealed the deal for LMS.
"Austyn did a great job in the circle today. She struck some players out when I needed her to," said Perryman after the contest.
Forrest struck for a run in the first inning when Alecia Davis led off with a bunt single, taking second on a wild throw. Randi Tombs moved the runner over on a fielder's choice and Candace Daughrity knocked Davis in with a sharp single to center field.
Forrest's Sarah Jordan was strong in the circle from the start of the game, taking care of business in the both the first and second innings, allowing just one LMS runner to reach base.
Daughrity got her second hit of the game, smacking a one-out single to left in the third inning. Daughrity stole second and scored on a base hit by Charlie Bruce, but was thrown out trying to stretch the hit to second.
Jordan took a no-hitter into the fourth inning, but Jameka Braden broke up the no-no with a bloop single leading off the fifth and eventually came around to score on an RBI knock by Mary Kate McGehee, making it a 2-1 ballgame.
Forrest threatened once again in the top of the fifth, putting two on with two out before Whaley reared up for an inning ending whiff.
LMS put together the big five-run fifth beginning with a one-out walk to Hailee Walls. Madison "Mad Dog" Thomason reached on an error and Lauren Blackmon followed with a walk, loading the bases with one down.
FMS almost got out of the jam on nice dig by Daughrity at shortstop and a throw home to Bruce for the force out. Whaley hit a 2-1 pitch from Jordan high into the air in short left and the ball dropped, allowing both Walls and Thomason to score, putting the Tigerettes in front for the first time 3-2.
LMS added three more runs in the inning on RBI's by Katie Crabtree, McGehee's second ribbie, and a single by Demi Davis.
Whaley took the 6-2 lead and held firm, striking out four out of the next six batters, while allowing one more run for the victory, moving the Tigerettes to 6-3 on the season.