Coming off a 2-1 loss to Lewis County two days earlier, the Marshall County Tigerettes picked up a much needed District win Friday night when they defeated the East Hickman Lady Eagles 3-0 behind another stellar pitching performance from junior hurler Mieke Wallace, who tossed her fourth shutout of the season.
Wallace overpowered the Lady Eagles and racked up 13 strikeouts in seven scoreless innings of work, while yielding just four hits and two walks.
Marshall County (5-2, 4-2 District) also continued their solid defensive play and did not commit an error in the contest.
"My defense backs me up well. I love all of my teammates and have confidence that they are going to make the play behind me," said Wallace. "I have a lot more confidence in myself this year. When I get down in the count, I believe I can still come back and get the out."
Playing just their second game in 14 days, the Tigerettes were aided by six walks and three Lady Eagle errors, but mustered just four hits against East Hickman starting pitcher Tiffany Tucker, and left 10 runners on base overall, including seven in scoring position.
"I'm going to attribute that to us being off for so long. For the next couple of weeks, we'll be playing just about every day," said Marshall County coach Holly Barnes. "We still have a lot of time to get it corrected and hopefully we'll hit our stride later in the season."
Brianna Roberts tallied a single and two RBI to lead MCHS offensively, while Danielle Toseland had a hit and a run scored. Kayla Harmon and Kwanza Pillow each singled for Marshall County as well, and Brandie Jett added a walk and two runs scored.
Rachel Carrol and Dana Winfrey each notched a pair of hits to pace East Hickman (1-5, 0-3 District) at the plate.
After Wallace snuffed out a Lady Eagle scoring threat in the top of the first inning, the Tigerettes notched a run in the bottom half of the frame to grab a 1-0 lead. Jett drew a leadoff walk before advancing to second on a Toseland sacrifice bunt. Roberts then plated Jett with a sharp single into right center field.
Although Wallace did not allow an East Hickman batter to advance past first base over the next four innings, Marshall County was unable to increase their lead during that span and stranded at least one runner in scoring position in each frame.
The Lady Eagles then had a chance to possibly pull ahead in the sixth when they put runners on first and second with two outs on a single by Carrol and a Brook Umstead walk.
Wallace, though, kept East Hickman off the board by striking out Erika Winfrey to preserve MCHS' 1-0 advantage.
The Tigerettes finally opened up some breathing room in the bottom of the sixth by pushing across two runs on a hit, a walk, and a Lady Eagle error to stretch their lead to 3-0. Jett reached third with one out thanks to an errant throw to first by East Hickman third baseman Rachel Harwell before Toseland beat out a bunt single and stole second. After Jett raced home on a RBI groundout by Roberts to give Marshall County a 2-0 advantage, Jennifer Young drew a walk to put runners on first and third. Toseland then scored on a delayed steal when Young intentionally got caught in a rundown between first and second.
The Lady Eagles had a chance to spoil the shutout in the seventh after Winfrey doubled with two outs, but Wallace fanned Monea Ramsey to cap MCHS' 3-0 victory.