Tigerettes turn back Page, sweep season series

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Marshall County Tigerette senior Kwanza Pillow had a great day Thursday, started by her official signing to play softball at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Ala., and then the team's leading hitter went 3-3 at the dish in the 7-0 win over arch rival Page, completing the season sweep over the Williamson County school.

Mieke Wallace went the distance in the circle for the Tigerettes, striking out 12 Lady Patriots, walking four, and giving up just four scattered singles.

Wallace got plenty of support from the Tigerettes offense as the MCHS ladies banged out 15 hits in the contest with Pillow and freshman backstop Kathryn Haislip each having perfect days at the plate, going 3-3.

Brandie Jett and Daniele Toseland (one RBI) each went 2-4 and scored three runs between them. Dricka O'Neal had a 2-3, two RBI game, including the two-out RBI hit in the bottom first inning that turned out to be the game winner.

Wallace was 1-4 with 2 RBI's at the plate. Both Stashia Osborne and Brianna Roberts went 1-3 with each crossing the dish one time.

Wallace was a little shaky in the first inning, allowing two Patriot runners on with two-outs before the powerful righty whiffed the next batter, ending the threat.

In the first, MCHS got all the run support Wallace would need in the contest when O'Neal slammed a two-out single to right that scored Jett, who had led off the inning with a slap single to center field.

Wallace began to sharpen up in the second, getting the first two Pat hitters looking. After a single by Page pitcher Miranda Fulmer, Wallace retired Casey Horton on a pop-up to Jett at third.

Marshall County loaded the sacks in the bottom of the inning on a singles by Haislip, Pillow, and Jett, but could not score.

Wallace allowed a lead-off walk in the third, but got two out of the next three batters on strikeouts, the last on a nasty change-up that retired the side.

Fulmer got MCHS 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

In the fourth, Page got two on with one out on a single by Allison Mills and a walk by Abby Meek, but Wallace was tough once again, whiffing the next two Page batters to end the inning.

The Tigerettes busted the game wide open in the bottom of the fourth as Haislip banged a one-out double to left field. DeLorean Taylor came in as a courtesy runner for Haislip and went to third on a single by Osborne, and then scored on an RBI slapper to center by Pillow.

Pillow went all the way to second as Page fell asleep on the play. After a pop-out to short, Toseland ripped a single down the right field line that scored Taylor for a 3-0 lead.

Pillow scored on a wild pitch and Brianna Roberts drew a 3-2 walk before O'Neal singled to load the sacks. Toseland scored on an RBI single by Wallace, but Roberts was out at home, trying to score from second, ending the inning.

There was no scoring in the fifth inning.

Wallace was nasty in the sixth inning, striking out the side.

Toseland reached on a single, leading off the bottom of the sixth and Roberts lashed a double into the right center gap that put runners on second and third with no outs. O'Neal drove in Toseland with a sac fly and Wallace knocked in Roberts on a fielder's choice RBI, sending the game into the seventh.

Horton reached on a bad-hop single before Wallace set the Lady Pats down in order, ending the game.

The Tigerettes went 3-1 at the Border Battle over the weekend, defeating Moore County, Summertown, and Huntland in consecutive shut-outs before losing 4-1 to Bolton in the first round of bracket play.