Tigerettes grab second at Commando Classic
The Marshall County Tigerette softball team started their 2010 season in a big way over the weekend, claiming second place out of 52 participating schools at the Commando Classic in Hendersonville.
The Tigerettes did not play in Thursday night's pool round, staying home to get ready to go to Murfreesboro the next day to support their Tiger basketball team at the state tournament.
The Tigerettes took to the field Friday versus Stone Memorial, winning 7-6 in overtime play. Kayla Harmon got the win in the circle for the Tigerettes and drove home two runs with a second inning triple.
Brandie Jett had 3 singles and 2 runs scored, Danielle Toseland scored a run on 2 hits, and sophomore Brianna Roberts pounded out a huge three-run triple in the 4th inning.
MCHS blasted the host Hendersonville Commandos in the second game, winning 10-0 in a run-rule affair.
Senior Mieke Wallace pitched a no hitter to get the win as MCHS pounded out 13 hits and played great defense behind Wallace.
Jett was 3 for 3 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored and Kiki Summers earned 3 RBI's with a huge double in the third and had a single in the second inning.
Kathryn Haislip also had a hot bat and scored two runs off a single in the second and nailed a double in the third.
Freshman, Austyn Whaley, also scored 2 runs. She actually batted twice in the 3rd inning, hitting 2 singles and earning a RBI.
The last pool game was played Saturday morning against Oakland High School from Murfreesboro.
Kayla Harmon got the win with an artful performance in the circle, holding the Lady Patriots to 2 runs on two hits while her squad backed her up with 4 runs on six hits.
Harmon retired the last seven Oakland batters with some help from a stellar defense.
Single elimination play began Saturday, pitting the Tigerettes versus an old foe, Gibbs High School from Knoxville.
The Tigerettes won a close game 4-3, marking the second time MCHS has beaten the Lady Eagles.
The last time was in 2005 at the Spring Fling when the Tigerettes went on to win the state title.
MCHS tied the game in the fifth inning when Austin Whaley scored an unearned run.
Wallace sat down the next 3 hitters with the help from excellent Tigerette defense.
The Tigerettes' bats got hot in the bottom of the inning on a two-run homer by Kiki Summers that plated Danielle Toseland.
Gibbs had an opportunity to tie the game up when the second batsman in the seventh drew a walk.
Wallace got out of the jam, catching a pop-up for the second out and turning it into a double play to end the game.
The second elimination game was a defensive battle versus a 6-A school out of Florence Alabama.
Wallace was strong in the circle and got some runs in the bottom of the fourth inning when the Tigerettes started to string together a few hits and took advantage of a big error, scoring two runs.
The ladies from Alabama had a huge inning in the top of the sixth, scoring 4 runs.
MCHS tied the game in the home half of the seventh on a two-run triple by Harmon, sending the game into International Overtime.
The squad from Florence could not plate a run on their first try in overtime.
In the bottom of the frame, the Tigerettes got two on with two outs before Wallace stepped up to the plate and nailed a RBI single to end the game.
In the third elimination game on Saturday against Cookeville High School, Harmon was back in the circle, leading the Tigerettes to a 2-0 win.
Marshall County scored two runs in the first inning and then it became a defensive battle between the two squads. Harmon struck out 7 batters with 80 pitches and the Tigerettes played great defense.
The next game was against the defending Class AAA state champion Riverdale Lady Warriors and Wallace was back in the circle for the determined Tigerettes.
Riverdale got on the scoreboard first in the top of the 4th with one run, but the Tigerettes got hot in the bottom of the 4th.
MCHS scored three times in the inning, beginning with a big two-run triple by Kathryn Haislip that scored Whaley and Harmon.
Haislip came around on an RBI single by Jett into the right field corner, making it 3-1.
Riverdale scored another run in the 5th but the Tigerettes threw some more defense at them, sending Riverdale back to Murfreesboro with a 3-2 loss.
The Tigerettes had won six straight and were now in the championship game, facing another 6-A school out of Decatur, Ala.
The Austin squad out-sized the Marshall County Tigerettes by a mile, but the Tigerettes held it to a 1-1 tie for 5 innings before sending the game into International Overtime.
Austin High plated a run in the first over time period only to be answered by a big hit by Mieke Wallace that tied it.
The Decatur school's bats came alive in the second over time period as they scored 4 runs on 2 huge hits and an error on the Tigerette defense.
The Tigerettes came back in the bottom of the 7th to score 1 more run on an error and an RBI single from Danielle Toseland, but it was not enough as the game ended with a big defensive play.
The Tigerettes were the only AA team left in the top 8 teams from the original field of 52 teams that started playing at the tournament.
Mieke Wallace, Brianna Roberts, Kayla Harmon, and Brandie Jett were all named to the All-Tournament team along with Shelby Lawson (Creekwood), Brook Womack Chattanooga Central), Megan Griffith (Science Hill), Jenny Hallums (Cookeville), Casey Vincent Coffee County), Mimi Cartwright (Goodpasture), Aisha Walker and Hailey Treloar (Hendersonville), Kat Banks and Haylee Rogers Beech), Dene Souviney and Rachel Albritton (Riverdale), and Austin's Lauren Lindsey, Libby Ann Olinger, Sarah Corn, Bryana Jackson, and Haley Barnett (MVP).