Lewis County edges Tigerettes, 2-1

Friday, April 3, 2009

Marshall County's Mieke Wallace and Lewis County's Shelby Thompson got locked up in an old-fashioned pitching duel Wednesday in Hohenwald and the Lady Panthers came out on top 2-1.

Both hurlers went the distance with Wallace striking out 9 and giving up just 3 hits while Thompson surrendered 7 hits and struck out 5.

The Lady Panthers got the most out their offensive production with Shelby Tiller leading the way, going 2-2 with a second inning HR and the go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.

The Tigerettes mustered up the first scoring threat in the top of the second on singles by KiKi Summers and Kathryn Haislip, but Thompson got out of the two on, two-out jam with a groundball out to short.

Wallace had two down in the bottom of the inning, but Tiller worked her to a full count before blasting an outside fastball off the scoreboard in right field for a 1-0 lead.

The lead was short-lived as the Tigerettes came right back, tying the ballgame in the bottom of the inning. Kwanza Pillow beat out an infield hit and was sacrificed to second by Brandie Jett.

Thompson got the next batter on a line drive to short before Dricka O'Neal lashed a double to right-center, scoring Pillow. A ground ball out to first ended the frame.

Wallace set Lewis County down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning, preserving the tie.

Thompson was also sharp in the top of the fourth, striking out all three Tigerette hitters she faced.

In the fifth, Pillow got her second hit with one out, again beating out an infield roller.

Thompson whiffed the next batter for out number two. Pillow took off for second on the next pitch and beat the off target throw to the bag. Daniele Toseland ripped a single to right and went to second on the throw home that stopped Pillow at third.

A pop-up to first for the third out ended the threat.

Allie Hendens led off for the Lady Panthers and was awarded first base on a controversial call. A Wallace inside fastball seemed to hit the end of the bat before hitting Hendens in the elbow, but the home plate umpire saw it a different way, sending Hendens to the first base bag.

MCHS head coach Holly Barnes Cook briefly argued the call to no avail.

A wild pitch sent Hendens to second and Tiller came through again, this time with an opposite field single that easily scored Hendens with the go ahead run.

Wallace reared back and got the next three Lady Panthers in a row, the last two on whiffs to end the inning one run behind.

The Tigerettes went down in order in the 6th, as did Lewis County.

Marshall County was down to their last at bat and needed a rally to stay alive.

Thompson won out and the Lady Panthers won the game as the lefty hurler set down MCHS 1-2-3 to end the ballgame.

"We have been leaving a lot of runners on lately," said a disappointed Barnes Cook after the game. "I got the runners I need out there, the batter I need up, and they can't capitalize."

The Tigerettes have now dropped two out of three, dipping their record to (4-2, 3-2), tied for third place behind the Lady Panthers (7-1, 2-0) and Loretto (5-1, 4-0) who both still remain undefeated in District 10AA play.

The Tigerettes will try to rebound with district games versus Hickman County on the road Thursday, followed by a Friday night fight with East Hickman at Maurice Hambrick Field in Lewisburg at 7pm.