Columbia Play Day turns into artic adventure

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Forrest senior Adrean Jordan (18) slams an RBI double versus Dickson County. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

After a week of temperatures in the high 70's, followed by the violent weather on Friday in Middle Tennessee, the Columbia Play Day was moved to Sunday at Ridley Park and the players and fans were greeted with artic-like, wind chill temperatures that dipped below the freezing mark.

The Forrest Lady Rockets lost all four games, with the first two by the closest of margins.

Forrest began the day with a 6-5 loss to Dickson County and followed that with another one-run, 5-4 loss to Franklin County.

Tigerette third baseman Austyn Whaley (4) cuts off a bouncer in the hole and guns down a Lincoln County runner at first base.

After a lunch break, the Lady Rockets went back to the frozen tundra versus host Columbia Central, and after taking an early lead, Forrest fell by a score of 8-5.

In the finale for the Lady Rockets, Lincoln County ace hurler and David Lipscomb signee Tanner Sanders kept Forrest off balance with a mixture of speed and junk in a masterful two-hit, 4-1 win.

The Marshall County Tigerettes fared better, pounding an over matched Culleoka squad 17-4 in their opening game before falling to Lincoln County by a 7-3 score.

Freshman Kiyoko Puca (14) knocks in a run versus Columbia Central at Sunday's Columbia Play Day.

In one of the best games of the day in the ice-box classic, the Tigerettes battled Richland before the Lady Raiders managed a 2-1 victory over Marshall County.

As nighttime fell, the temperatures also dipped for the last game of the tournament for Marshall County where head coach Holly Cook played her Junior Varsity squad.

The Tigerettes will be back in action on Saturday at the Shelbyville Play Day where they will take on the hosts at 10:30 a.m., followed by Moore County at 1:30 p.m., Oakland at 4:30, and MCHS will cap off their pre-season with a game versus the Huntland Lady Hornets at 6 p.m.

MCHS junior first baseman Katie Crabtree (19) slams a double to leftfield at the Columbia Play Day versus Lincoln County.

MCHS opens regular season play at Columbia Central on Monday March 12, beginning at 5 p.m. Forrest will not play this weekend and will kick-off the regular season versus District 9A foe Eagleville on Monday at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill, starting at 5 p.m.

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs will tune-up for their regular 5:30 p.m. season opener versus archrival Richland on Tuesday March 13 with a four-game slate in Shelbyville's Play Day.

The Lady Dawgs take on Warren County at 10:30 a.m., Lincoln County at noon, Franklin County at 3 p.m., and at 6 p.m., Cornersville caps off the pre-season with a match-up versus Moore County.