Tigerettes one win away from district title

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Morgan Moyers drills a high pitch down the right field line for a triple in the fourth inning. Moyers would score on a close play at home moments later as the Tigerettes won 2-0 over East Hickman in the semifinals of the District 12-AA Tournament. Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

With a 2-0 win over East Hickman Tuesday night at Reese Hambrick Field in Lewisburg, the Marshall County Tigerettes (30-8) are just one more victory away from winning a District 12-AA Tournament title they let slip away last year.

MCHS head coach Holly Cook said after the game, "A win is a win. We didn't hit the ball like I wanted to and like we should have, but defensively we are playing great, so I think when we can punch a couple runs across and our defense is playing that way we will be ok."

Senior Mieke Wallace twirled a complete game shut-out in the circle, giving up just 3 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 9 East Hickman batters.

Morgan Moyers had a 2-3 day at the dish, including a triple in the fourth inning that led to her scoring the Tigerettes' second run.

Cook talked about Moyers' performance, "She (Moyers) has been a big sparkplug. It hurt losing KiKi (Summers), but she came right in and has really been a sparkplug. She is a ball player and will do anything for the team and has showed that the last few weeks."

Danielle Toseland also had two hits in three at bats and drove in Moyers.

Marshall County got an unearned in the bottom of the first, beginning with a one out double to left center by Austyn Whaley.

Brianna Roberts came up next and hit a bouncer to the East Hickman pitcher Tiffany Tucker.

Tucker threw to first and the ball got away, allowing Whaley to come all the around to score the only run the Tigerettes would need in the game.

Wallace set down the Lady Eagles in order in the second and third innings.

The Tigerettes lost a scoring opportunity in the bottom of the third when they could not convert with two on and two out.

East Hickman managed to get two runners on base with two outs in the fourth, but Wallace got out of the jam with a pop-up back to her in the circle.

Moyers bashed a one out triple down the right field line in the home half of the fifth and scored on a bang-bang play at home plate when Toseland hit a hot bouncer to second base.

Wallace gave up a leadoff single to Haley Robb in the fifth, but once again escaped further damage with a strikeout followed by two pop-ups in the infield.

The Tigerettes threatened to put more insurance runs on the board in the home half of the fifth, but squandered a two on, one out set-up.

The Lady Eagles had one more rally in them in the top of the sixth when Tucker drew a leadoff walk and one batter later, Dana Winfrey singled.

MCHS first sacker Kayla Harmon got out number two, grabbing a pop-up and the inning ended on a nice running catch in center field by Toseland.

MCHS left two more stranded in the bottom of the sixth, but Wallace needed no more help, retiring the Lady Eagles in order in the last inning for the win.