Tigerettes win three games at Shelbyville play day
The Marshall County Tigerettes wrapped up their preseason softball schedule by posting a 3-1 record at the Shelbyville Play Day on Saturday afternoon at Musgrave Park.
After defeating Shelbyville 4-1 in their opener, the Tigerettes thumped Moore County 8-2. Marshall County then lost 10-3 to Oakland before ending the day with a 5-1 victory over Huntland.
"I think overall we had a good day. We did a lot of little things right. I hope those little things add up because we have a big week coming up," said MCHS coach Holly Cook. "We hit better as the day went along, our defense played well, and our pitchers threw well today."
Shelbyville jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning but the Tigerettes crossed home plate three times in the top of the second thanks to a pair singles from Mary Medley and Kalie Hobbs, a RBI double by Austyn Whaley, and a Madison Thomason two-run double to grab a 3-1 advantage.
MCHS then tacked on an insurance run in the fifth with the help of a Whaley RBI fielder's choice and singles from Medley, Danielle Toseland, and Hobbs to make it 4-1 before the game was called in the bottom of the fifth due to time constraints.
Hobbs went the distance in the circle for Marshall County, allowing one hit and one walk in four innings of work. The Tigerettes, meanwhile, pounded out 10 hits overall to go along with two walks. Medley tallied three hits to lead MCHS at the plate, while Whaley and Hobbs each had two hits. Toseland, Thomason, and Morgan Moyers each recorded one hit for Marshall County as well.
The Tigerettes pounced on Moore County early in their second contest by crossing home plate four times in the top of the first inning on the strength of six walks, a wild pitch, a two-run single by Medley, and a Raiderette error to seize a 4-0 lead.
Moore County plated two runs in the bottom of the first on three hits and a walk to narrow the gap to 4-2, before Marshall County pushed across two runs in the top of the third thanks to three errors and a Katie Crabtree RBI single to open up a 6-2 advantage.
The Tigerettes then tallied two more runs in the fourth with the aid of two errors, an Ashton Watkins RBI double, and a RBI groundout by McKenzie Anderson to cap their 8-2 victory.
Marshall County finished with only three hits overall, but took advantage of six walks and six Raiderette errors in the contest.
Freshman pitcher Jacey Perryman picked up the win for the Tigerettes and yielded four hits and two walks over four innings.
In their third contest, Marshall County got off to a strong start against Oakland and grabbed an early 3-0 lead by crossing home plate three times in the top of the second inning behind a leadoff triple by Brianna Roberts, a Crabtree RBI single, a double by Toseland, and a Hobbs two-run single.
The Tigerettes held Oakland scoreless in the bottom half of the second, but the Lady Patriots saw their bats heat up in the third, as they erupted for five runs in the frame on six hits to pull ahead 5-3.
Oakland then blew the game open in the fourth by crossing home plate five more times in the inning to pull away for the 10-3 victory.
Bolstered by their offensive explosion in the third and fourth innings, the Lady Patriots outhit MCHS 10-4 overall with Hobbs going the distance in the circle for Marshall County.
The Tigerettes started many of their reserve players against Huntland, and jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on the strength of a leadoff single by Watkins, a Thomason sacrifice bunt, a RBI single by Mecia Reed, an Anderson single, and a two-run double by Perryman.
Marshall County then stretched their lead to 4-0 in the second on a sacrifice fly by Watkins before tacking on a run in the fifth with the help of a Reed infield single, a wild pitch, and a Lady Hornet error to make it 5-0.
Huntland spoiled MCHS' shutout bid by plating a run in the bottom of the fifth for the 5-1 final.
Freshman Grace Medley pitched four shutout innings for the Tigerettes to pick up the win, allowing two hits and a walk during that span.
Marshall County, meanwhile, finished with six hits and a walk against two Lady Hornet pitchers to go along with three Huntland errors.
Reed notched two hits to lead MCHS offensively, while Watkins, Anderson, Perryman, and Allison Hargrove each had one hit.