LMS Tigerettes outslug Spring Hill

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
LMS' Laura Beth Brown went 3-for-5 with two doubles, 2 RBI, and two runs scored to help lead the Tigerettes to a 16-12 victory over Spring Hill. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Persistence paid off for the Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes softball team on Thursday night, as they rallied to defeat the Spring Hill Lady Generals 16-12 on the road in their season opener.

LMS appeared to be in dire straits midway through the contest and trailed 6-1 at the end of the third inning. The Tigerettes then saw their bats catch fire after that point, as they scored 15 runs over the next three frames to forge a 16-10 lead before staving off a late Spring Hill comeback attempt.

Lewisburg clubbed out 19 hits overall against two Lady General pitchers to go along with four walks and seven Spring Hill errors.

Catcher Skylar Brandon spearheaded the Tigerettes' offensive onslaught by going 4-for-4 with a walk, a triple, 2 RBI, and four runs scored. Autumn Kelley (3 RBI), Laura Beth Brown (2 RBI), and Kendra Moore each tallied three hits apiece as well, while Allison Sheroski and Taylor Ingram (1 RBI) both had two hits. Taliyah Angus and Madison Perryman also registered a hit and 2 RBI for LMS.

"We kept fighting and kept hitting," said Lewisburg coach Lee Perryman. "When we fell behind, the girls didn't get down. This should help our confidence some since we're a pretty inexperienced team right now."

Tigerette relief pitcher Blair Richards picked up the victory, allowing six runs in 4 1/3 innings of work on seven hits and four walks. Brown started the game in the circle for LMS and yielded four runs over 2 2/3 innings on three hits and three walks.

Ellissa Secrest notched three hits and 2 RBI to lead the Lady Generals (1-2) at the plate, while Shelby Secrest (1 RBI) and Sarah Usher (2 RBI) had two hits apiece.

Lewisburg took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Brandon scored on a double steal after singling with two outs and advancing to third on a Spring Hill error.

The momentum then swung to the Lady Generals' dugout, as they scored six runs in the bottom half of the third on the strength of four hits, three walks, two hit batsman, and a Lewisburg error to grab a 6-1 lead.

LMS quickly counterpunched and crossed home plate five times in the top of the fourth with the help of RBI singles by Kelley and Brandon, an Angus two-run bloop single, and an error to knot the game at 6-6.

Spring Hill plated four runs in the bottom of the fourth on three hits, four walks, and an error to pull ahead 10-6, but LMS erupted for seven runs in the fifth with the help of three Lady General errors, a two-run single by Kelley, a Brown RBI double, a RBI fielder's choice by Richards, and RBI singles by Perryman and Ingram to seize a 13-10 advantage.

Richards then retired Spring Hill in order in the bottom of the fifth, before the Tigerettes stretched their lead to 16-10 in the top of the sixth on a RBI double by Brown, a Brandon RBI triple, and a RBI groundout by Perryman.

After tallying a run in the bottom of the sixth to trim the deficit to 16-11, the Lady Generals put runners on first and third in the seventh when Ellissa Secrest doubled and Taylor Price reached base on an error. Secrest then scored on a wild pitch to make it 16-12, but Price was thrown out at third on the play by Brandon before Richards retired Kaeleigh Long on an infield pop up to end the game.