Lady Bobcats Blank Tigerettes

Friday, April 17, 2009

Some teams just have your number. The Marshall County Tigerettes (11-4, 7-3 District) came up on the short end of the score once again against archrival Giles County, as the Lady Bobcats defeated MCHS 1-0 in Lewisburg on Tuesday to complete the sweep of the regular season series.

Despite beating the Tigerettes 3-2 on March 19, Giles County entered Tuesday's contest with a 5-10 record and a 3-4 mark in District play. Lady Bobcat starting pitcher Amber Griggs, however, shut down Marshall County's offensive attack in spite of several defensive miscues by her teammates, while Giles County left fielder Allison Bruce drove in the game's lone run with a RBI single in the top of the fifth inning.

"I really don't know why we have trouble against them. I feel like we're the better team," said MCHS coach Holly Cook. "I think it has kind of gotten in the girls' heads a little bit after we played them the first time. I believe we have better athletes, but they performed better than us today."

Although the Lady Bobcats committed four errors in the game, the Tigerettes were unable to capitalize on Giles County's mistakes and mustered just four singles and a pair of walks against Griggs.

"She's really good at moving the ball around. Her pitch to the outside corner gives us a lot of trouble. She doesn't have an overpowering fastball, but has a lot of movement on her pitches," said Cook.

Stashia Osborne, Mary Medley, Kwanza Pillow, and Mieke Wallace each had one hit for Marshall County with Osborne also drawing a walk.

Wallace, meanwhile, suffered the loss in the circle, but turned in a commendable performance in defeat, allowing just four hits and one walk over seven innings to go along with four strikeouts.

Bruce had a pair of hits and a RBI to lead the Lady Bobcats at the plate, while Griggs and Jacqueline Thornton each singled with Thornton scoring a run as well.

Neither team advanced a runner into scoring position until the bottom of the third inning when Medley singled and courtesy runner De'Lorean Taylor moved to second with one out on a Pillow sacrifice bunt. Bruce though caught a sinking line drive by Brandie Jett to save a potential run before Griggs struck out the next Tigerette batter to extinguish the MCHS threat.

Wallace snuffed out a Giles County scoring chance in the top of the fourth with the help of two outstanding catches by Pillow in centerfield, but the Lady Bobcats finally pushed across a run in the fifth to break the deadlock. After singling with one out, Thornton advanced to second on a Katie Cardin sacrifice bunt before moving to third on a wild pitch. Bruce then laced a single into centerfield to plate Thornton and give Giles County a 1-0 lead.

The Tigerettes stranded runners at first and second in the bottom of the fifth, but had a golden opportunity to get on the board in the sixth when they loaded the bases with one out thanks to an error, an infield single by Wallace, and a Jett walk. Griggs, however, got a force out at home after fielding a groundball by Kiki Summers before the inning ended with courtesy runner Kaci Ezell being thrown out at the plate while trying to score on a wild pitch.

In the seventh, Marshall County still had a flicker of hope after Jett reached first on a two-out error by the Lady Bobcats, but Griggs retired Danielle Toseland on a groundout to complete Giles County's shutout win.